Breaking Records and Feeding Hope

*The campus email included incorrect numbers. We apologize for the confusion caused and are happy to share with you the corrected number of meals and people who will enjoy healthy food.


Greetings, UCSC Students, Faculty, and Staff!

The UCSC Staff Advisory Board is thrilled to share with you that our UCSC community has - once again - broken our own record of generosity! 

This year, we received a huge Holiday Food & Fund Drive matching gift of $50,000 from Tibi McCann and Eric Jensen! Our entire campus community rose to meet this matching gift challenge with:

  • $24,567 raised by students
  • $38,635 raised by faculty, staff, emeriti, and retirees

There was also an anonymous $10,000 donation from a fan of Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) who heard of our matching gift and jumped on the UCSC bandwagon!

That’s a total of about $124,000. Most importantly, that represents about 372,000 meals, which means UCSC provided enough food for 339 people to enjoy healthy food all year long - now that’s feeding hope! If that sounds impossible, you can visit this page to read how SHFB can feed 1 person for 1 day with $1.

Do you want to keep hope alive all year round? The SAB will be hosting a volunteering day at the Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse in Watsonville, in the second half of March. You can indicate interest in joining the SAB by filling out this two-question form. Even if March doesn’t work for you, fill out the form anyway and we’ll let you know when the next opportunity comes up.

Pro Tip for next year: Start saving now so you can “Give What You Get!” Since the Second Harvest Food Bank can buy 3 healthy meals for $1, that makes it more possible for many of us to buy a whole year’s worth of healthy meals for another household like our own:

  • Single-person household:  $365
  • Two-person household:     $730
  • Three-person household:  $1,095
  • Four-person household:    $1,460
  • BONUS: Count your pets in your calculation!   :^)
As always, if you or someone you know is in a position to receive food assistance, please visit this web page . In the same way that food goes through seasons, each of us also go through different seasons of giving and receiving. Be sure to fully participate in whatever season you’re in now.

Thank you for feeding hope,
SAB’s Holiday Food & Fund Drive Team