As difficult economic times continue to challenge our community, the need to feed our hungry neighbors is greater than ever. The UC Santa Cruz Academic Senate and Staff Advisory Board invite you to join us again this year in donating cash and non-perishable food to the Second Harvest Food Bank during the annual holiday food drive to help provide over 2 million pounds of food to families who need it.

Last year, UCSC staff, faculty and students provided over 33,000 pounds of food and cash equivalent, exceeding the campus goal by 10 percent. This year, our goal is 40,000 pounds; we know we can achieve it with your help.

Here’s how you can support the food drive:

Donate online. Every dollar you donate feeds four people, using the Food Bank’s purchasing power to deliver healthful, balanced meals.

Donate using the UCSC Second Harvest Food Drive donation envelope. Find these in your campus mailbox. Donate by check made payable to Second Harvest Food Bank with “UCSC” written in the memo portion of the check, and place your envelope in campus mail (red collection bag). Return any unused envelopes so they may be used again next year.

 • Donate food items. Please use your own collection bag and fill it with canned meat, canned fish, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, beans, pasta, rice, cereal and fruit juice. Food donations may be made by placing foods in the collection barrels located throughout the campus or may be brought to the base of campus on Friday, December 3rd, 8am-12pm. Campus Mail Services trucks will be on hand to collect food and cash donations, which will be delivered to the Second Harvest Food Bank location in south Santa Cruz County at the end of the day. If requested, Campus Mail Services will pick up additional food donations during their regular mail pick up and delivery schedule (call 9-4852).

All food donations are helpful, but the Second Harvest Food Bank can stretch cash donations even further. For every dollar donated, $8 worth of food is made available to families in need.

The Second Harvest Food Bank is a non-profit organization providing food and basic necessities to our neighbors, half of whom are children. Visit http://www.thefoodbank.org to learn how your contributions make a difference in our community.

Please consider joining us in the effort to reduce hunger in our community this year by supporting UCSC’s annual Holiday Food Drive in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank. The need for community donations is greater than ever. We appreciate your support!