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2/12/22  |  UCSC's most generous year to date!

We had a record-breaking Holiday Food and Fund Drive this year! Last year, UCSC raised around $39,000 in donations. This year, again, we raised around $39,000 in donations, PLUS a very generous single donation of $55,000!!! Read on to learn more and catch a sneak peak of an idea for next year…

  • Here are the final numbers:
    • 224 Unique Donors
    • Spread across 12 teams
    • $94,025 Raised
    • 376,099 Meals purchased

The generosity of our campus community helped feed the equivalent of 85 families of four, three meals a day, for a whole year! Thank you to everyone who donated their time and effort to making this year’s HFFD the most successful to date!

There are three things we'd like to highlight from this year's efforts:

  1. The use of “Participant” teams was so fun! We had 12 departments/divisions that started up their own fundraising page within the larger UCSC team and challenged their local group to meet a particular goal. If you would like to do this for your group next year and want help with that, you are welcome to reach out to us any time! Here are this year's teams:
    • Academic Affairs Division
    • Arts Division
    • Baskin Engineering
    • Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
    • EPC - Educational Partnership Center
    • Office of Research
    • Physical and Biological Science Division
    • Risk and Safety Services
    • Social Sciences Division
    • Staff Human Resources
    • UCSC Retirees and Emeriti
    • University Library
  2. We had a massively generous gift given this year by the Kliger family - $55,000 donated via the Physical and Biological Science Division team page! They agreed to have their story shared in hopes it will inspire other members of our UCSC community to join them in making this magnitude of a life-changing gift. Look for a feature article about this soon. I wonder who will join them for next year…
  3. This year, we kept the food drive open for the full time, rather than ending before campus closure. There were 16 people who took advantage of the opportunity to donate in the new tax year. Thank you!
Speaking of looking forward, we've got a new effort we want you to consider: Give what you get.
What if you give enough to feed someone as much as you get to eat? Give what you get.
What if your household gives enough to feed a household of equal size? Give what you get.
Since the Second Harvest Food Bank can buy 4 healthy meals for $1.00, that makes it more possible for many of us to do this! So, if you get to eat, give that gift to someone else... and Give what you get.

Now, we all have 10 months until the height of the next food drive. For one person to feed one person for a whole year, it would require setting aside $28 per month for the next 10 months. If UCSC's current donors did this - without a single new donor added - our community's typical contribution would increase by 57%. That's an additional 91,000 meals. Everyone's situation is different. But, if this call to action is appropriate for you, feel free to jump in with both feet! You can feed a...

  • Single-person household:  $274,   which is $28/month
  • Two-person household:     $548,   which is $55/month
  • Three-person household:  $821,    which is $82/month
  • Four-person household:    $1,095, which is $110/month
  • Bonus level: Count your pets as a person in your calculations!   :^)
This year beat expectations on all ledgers! We look forward to another great year of helping people next year. See you then...

11/29/21  |  Annieglass & Baskin partner up to fight food insecurity. You can join them!

On Saturday 12/11/21, between 11 AM and 2 PM, Annieglass will donate 20% of every dollar spent to Second Harvest Food Bank, on behalf of UCSC! Three things are needed for a purchase to be eligible:

  1. You need to be a UCSC employee.
  2. You need to purchase it in the Annieglass' showroom, in Watsonville.
  3. The piece you purchase must be a "first quality" piece. This does not count for discounted "second quality" pieces.

Also, there will be an exclusive tour of the Annieglass factory that begins at 12:30 PM. I'm definitely going to be there for that! Here is a flyer to use for advertising the event.

This partnership was forged by Ady Weinstein and Melissa Baker, in Baskin Engineering. They just struck up a conversation with one of their favorite local businesses and talked things through until they settled on an arrangement that benefited every party involved... especially the people who will benefit from the food! You can do the same with your favorite local business! It's good for them, it's good for your fundraising team, and it's good for the clients of Second Harvest Food Bank.

For those of you unfamiliar with Annieglass, you can check out their sustainable, handcrafted, luxury glass work at their website or you can watch this short video.

See you there...


11/12/21  |  We are "Go!" for launch!

On 11/4/21, the annual Holiday Food & Fund Drive enjoyed a sunny day for it's kickoff event! Our Chancellor, Cindy Larive, co-hosted the event and was joined in support by many others from the UC Santa Cruz community.


The next week, we held a UCSC specific information session wherein we shared tips and resources for generating interest and fund for this year's drive. You can view the slide deck from that event here.

So, things are off to a good start with over $3,400 raise so far! If you'd like to get in on the action you can start to give on our 2021 UCSC fundraising page.

Pro Tip: You can create a "Participant" that will keep track of the contributions of your department/division, which 8 other groups on campus have already done! Just go to our 2021 UCSC fundraising page and then click the the orange Participate button. Then you can create your own sub-team within the larger UCSC team. This will let you track your own efforts while still contributing to the overall UCSC effort!

Let us know if you have any questions or if you want to be a local champion that can:

  • Set up your "Participant" so you can track the effort of your local department/division
  • Invite us to come speak at your staff meetings
  • Hang posters and other reminders around the grounds
  • Spread the word or help out in any other way you like to give!



10/19/21  |  2021... Here We Come...

We're getting all the last details in order for the 11/4/21 kickoff date of the 2021 Holiday Food & Fund Drive! But, for those of you who just can't wait to get going, you can already start to give on our 2021 donations page.

As always, if you want in on the fun this year, let us know if you have any questions! We need lots of local champions to:

  • Invite us to come speak at your staff meetings.
  • Hang posters and other reminders around the grounds.
  • Spread the word or help out in any other way you like to give!

Like I said in the last post for 2020... I can't wait to see what will we accomplish in 2021...

Looking forward to helping folks with you again!


12/31/2020  |  What a Year!

I'll keep this year-end wrap up short and sweet. We did some great work in raising funds for folks who needed food. Here are the numbers:

  • 210 donations
  • $39,948 dollars raised
  • 159,790 meals purchased

That amount of meals means the UCSC community fed 36 families of four, for the whole year! Some of those families were probably part of the UCSC workforce or one of their kids was a UCSC student. Let that sink in for a minute.

Our community's generosity provided food security for dozens of families! I can't wait to see what will we accomplish in 2021...

See you next Fall!


12/1/2020  |  Everybody Loves to Win!

What's better than helping other people win by donating food? You getting to win at the same time!

Each year, raffle prizes are donated by several UCSC individuals and a few departments and divisions from both the academic and administrative sides of UCSC. Those prizes are raffled off to people who donate to the UCSC Holiday Food & Fund Drive.

The raffle ends on 12/20/2020. This year, it will function differently because of COVID mitigation.

Here's how you can be eligible for the raffle:

  1. Go to the UCSC fundraising page and click the blue DONATE button to make a donation of any amount.
  2. Be sure to enter your name so we can enter you into the raffle.
  3. For every $10 you donate, you will receive one entry into the raffle. So, if you donate:
    • $10.00 = 1 entry
    • $15.00 = 1 entry
    • $20.00 = 2 entries
    • $29.99 = 2 entries
    • $30.00 = 3 entries
    • $400.00 = 40 entries (and so on...)

Though many people like to give anonymously, and for very good reasons, we recommend you attach your name to your donation. Not just for the raffle entries, but because seeing that you donated might help someone make the choice to donate, if they know you endorse this effort.

Do you have a prize you would like to donate? Past prizes have been:

  • Lunch for five with the Chancellor
  • $50.00 Bay Tree Gift Card
  • Two tickets to any Music Department or Theater Arts Department presentation
  • $50.00 gift certificate to Garden Company
  • Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems certificates
  • Bottles of wine or champagne (must be 21 years old to win)

What creative idea do you have for a prize you or a friend could donate? If you would like to donate, you can fill out this one-question form and we'll get back to you.

I hope you win!


11/27/2020  |  Meeting Real Needs of Real People in Real Time!

November 2020 Highlights:

  • Over 2,000 cars full of grateful people came to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to receive food from Second Harvest Food Bank on the day before Thanksgiving.
  • Since the beginning of November, Second Harvest Food Bank has distributed over 750,000 lbs of food to nearly 60,000 people.
  • 483,000 pounds of that food went out through their non-profit partners (e.g. UCSC!). The rest was direct distribution to the community through their nutrition programs and drive through distribution.
SHFB can provide all of this food because of their extensive industry relationships that allow them to turn $1 into 4 healthy meals for local families. Yet, they can only provide this type of service because of donations from people like you. Would you like to donate today?

While it is true that SHFB helps all of Santa Cruz County, they have a robust partnership with our campus. Read more about how SHFB partners with UCSC.

Let us know if you would like to get involved or if you have any questions.


11/16/2020  |  UCSC's Holiday Food & Fund Drive Kicks Off for 2020!

2020 has been a year of changes, hardships, and unpredictability. Yet, one thing remains unchanged - the community's need for access to free food for those in need. Also, one thing that is predictable is that this need will only increase when hardships come.

Thankfully, the Second Harvest Food Bank's Holiday Food & Fund Drive has just kicked off and UCSC is stepping up to the challenge once again! Since the SHFB can purchase 4 meals with every dollar, due their extensive industry relationships, there is no greater way to fight hunger than to invest your donations in the SHFB.

While it is true that SHFB helps all of Santa Cruz County, they have a robust partnership with our campus. Read more about how SHFB partners with UCSC.

Now that you see their unique ability to meet the hunger need and their ongoing commitment to UCSC, you can head on over to the UCSC fundraising page and make a donation today!

Let us know if you have any questions!