Grass roots food conservation at its very best, Grey Bears began connecting and sustaining seniors in 1973. Two UCSC students found their community garden grew far more tomatoes and zucchini than they could use, so they shared it with older neighbors living on fixed incomes who needed it. Over the next 43 years and 90 million pounds of food since, “seniors helping seniors” has grown into “seniors changing the world.”
The Brown Bag Program delivers shopping bags of fresh produce and healthy staples to a network of sites and to homebound seniors in Santa Cruz County each week. This year, Grey Bears will deliver 2.2 million pounds of food to 4,000 Santa Cruz County seniors. That equals two million meals.
Everyone is invited to become a supporting member of Grey Bears for just $30 a year. Those 55 years and older are eligible to receive a weekly bag of groceries. Click here to sign up now.
For the vast majority of the seniors we serve, the brown bag program stretches fixed income dollars, improves nutrition and provides an opportunity for involvement, activity, volunteerism and social connection. Grey Bears benefits from an active volunteer base of 500 amazing people who donate 80,000 hours of service every year to make our programs work. Here’s the brown bag line in action!