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Elm Street Mission
117 Elm Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-0543

The Elm Street Mission serves hot mails for both church attendees and outsides. Their hours are listed below: Wednesdays: 7:30am Breakfast and Service
Fridays, and Weekends: 5:30pm service and 6:15pm dinner. Call with questions.


Food Not Bombs
P.O. Box 8091
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-2667

Food not bombs serves free food in downtown Santa Cruz Mondays at 4pm on the corner of Pacific and Cooper and Wednesdays at 4pm on the corner of Cedar and Cathcart. Call or leave a message for more details.


Green Valley Christian Center
3765 Green Valley Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-1424

The Green Valley Christian center provides food for Watsonville residents only. Distribution takes place on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 11am to 12 pm.


Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
150 Second Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 722-4144

Mission: To assist people in the Pajaro Valley with nutritious food, education, and referrals in cooperation with other agencies. Hot Lunch is served Monday through Friday. The Emergency Food Bag Program also distributes food to individuals and familes. Other programs include Christmas Food give-away, Christmas toy give-away, Thanksgiving Meals, Dental and Health Care for Children and Families.


New Life Community Services
(831) 427-1007
707 Fair Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

New Life serves free meals to those in need each Sunday. Go to Main and Union Street park at 2pm. Call with questions.


Salvation Army Santa Cruz
721 Laurel Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-8365

Offers food pantry and clothing vouchers for low-income Santa Cruz residents. ID and Social Security numbers required. Food distributed Mondays-Thursdays from 9am-11:30am. Clothing can be obtained on the first wednesday of every month from 9am-1130am. Please call for more details.


Second Harvest Food Bank
15 Errington Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
(408) 722-7110

Second Harvest Offers a variety of resouces for those in need of food. To talk to someone about setting up food stamps, call (408) 662-0991 from 9-5, Monday through Friday. You can also call for the community food hotline which links hungry persons to a variety of food resources (and other needs too!) in Santa Cruz County. The number is the same. Other programs include the Food For Children Distribution Program. Call (408) 722-7110 for distribution sites.


Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Program
1024 Cayuga Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-1442

The Community Service Center is located at the back of the parking lot.  It is open every Wednesday evening (except the first Wednesday of the month) from 5-7 pm to distribute food to individuals in need.


St. Francis Soup Kitchen
205 Mora Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 459-6712

Lunches Mon-Fri 12pm-12:45pm. Showers available Mon-Fri 11am-12:45pm. Clothing available Mon, Wed, and Fri, 11:30-12:45.


Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship
(831) 438-3456
224 Mount Herman Rd. Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Groceries available to low income people. Must attend a church service Sunday at 10 for eligibility.

**Some information including mission statements and program details taken from providers’ websites**

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