Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

  • Watsonville, CA
  • http://www.thefoodbank.org

Mission Statement

Our Values: To share our food reflects our basic humanity, our oldest traditions and spiritual imperatives. We exist as a communal bridge between those in need of food and those who are willing to share what they have. To preserve the public trust placed in us we must at all times be honest; good stewards of the resources placed in our care; and strive for excellence in all we do.

Main Programs

  1. Food

service areas

California

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ruling year

1993

chief executive for fy 1988

Mr. Willy Elliott-McCrea

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Keywords

Food Bank, Volunteer, food drive, nutrition, hungry children, meals, food distribution, basic need, human services,

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EIN

77-0326685

Physical Address

800 Ohlone Parkway

Watsonville, CA 95076 7005

Also Known As

Second Harvest Food Bank

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

In the current 2011-12 fiscal year, Second Harvest is on track to distribute over 8 million pounds of food to residents of Santa Cruz County.  60-65 percent of that poundage is in the form of fresh produce (i.e., fresh fruits and vegetables), which emphasizes our goal of providing healthy, nutritious food to those most in need.

Programs

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Program 1

Food

We acquire food from many sources: food industry donations; community food drives; food purchases; and government commodities programs. We distribute emergency food boxes to individuals and families in need of assistance. Our Food for Children program distributes food to nearly 2,200 families at 21 school and low-income housing distribution sites. We also provide food to agencies operating shelters, soup kitchens, group homes, childcare and rehab programs. Our Community Food Hotline makes 4,000 emergency food assistance referrals during the year to people in need of immediate hel000 people every month, 51 % of which were children. Our Volunteer Services Program utilized nearly 2500 Volunteers in FY 02. Food pounds distributed for FY 01/02 were as follows: Agency Distribution Center 2,835,850, Food for Children Program 442,930, USDA 1,038,752, and our warehouse (Errington) pantry 399,453.

Category

Budget

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

service areas

California

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Funding Needs

There has been a 30% increased demand for food in our community in FY 2008-09.  Unemployment rates in Watsonville are in excess of 25%--defined by the Sacramento Bee as the city with the toughest job market in Northern California.  In FY 2009-10, Second Harvest has been told to anticipate a 20-30% decrease in jurisdictional (local government) support from FY 2008-09 levels (which were at flat levels from 2007-08).  Second Harvest has also been improving the nutritional content of its distributed food, focusing away from processed food to fresh fruits and vegetables, which raises the cost of overall food acquisition.

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Financials

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SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Willy Elliott-McCrea

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"Willy Elliott-McCrea has been Executive Director since 1988. He was the Founding President of California Association of Food Banks and Vice President of Western Region Association of Food Banks. He's actively involved with Human Care Alliance and Central Coast Hunger Coalition, and was the Founding President of the Seabright Neighborhood Association. Educated at UCSC and the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France, his special talents include community organizing and media and community relations. Willy has been with the Food Bank for almost 34 years."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jeremy Lezin

Chair of Board of Trustees

Term: Feb 2010 - Feb 2013

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