The mission of Grey Bears is to alleviate hunger and food insecurity among seniors, reuse and recycle resources, and provide volunteer opportunities to create a healthy, vibrant community. Here are some of the things we do:
Distribute – The Brown Bag Program delivers bags of fresh, nutritious groceries to 4,400 seniors every week throughout Santa Cruz County. Click here for information on how easy it is to become a Grey Bears member for just $20 per year.
Recycle – Grey Bears operates two recycling centers for the general public: on Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz (including all e-waste) and at the Buena Vista Landfill in Watsonville. Our SCRAP subsidiary picks up cardboard and stretch plastic recycling from 170 area businesses.
Glean – Grey Bears volunteers glean the fields and pick fruit during harvest for the Brown Bag Program. Contact David Fuentez to join the glean team, or to arrange a gleaning crew at your orchard or farm.
Eat-Play-Learn – Bringing the community together is a big part of Grey Bears. We produce four major events a year and also offer free, by donation and low-cost classes - from personal computing, iPad and Spanish, to chair yoga, taiko drumming and cooking classes. Check out our calendar by clicking here.
Compost – Our six Earth Tubs turn unused food scraps into high-quality compost for your garden, and we sell it dirt cheap.
Sustainability – Grey Bears has been the recipient of awards for our recycling and sustainability operations.
Join - Membership in Grey Bears is an investment that supports our entire community many times over. Anyone is invited to join for just $20 per year. Members age 55+ (or your designated recipient) are entitled to receive a brown bag of produce and groceries 48 weeks a year, along with other benefits.
Volunteer - Volunteering at Grey Bears is fun and a great way to meet interesting people while serving our community. We have been recognized by the Volunteer Center with “Be the Difference” awards, and as one of President Bush’s “1,000 points of light.” Learn more by clicking here.
Donate - We gratefully accept donations of food, money, recycling, volunteer time, clean clothing, household items and vehicles. Grey Bears is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all gifts are tax deductible.