Grey Bears began connecting and sustaining seniors in 1973 with garden produce for 100 neighbors. Over the next 42 years and 85 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 2.5 million pounds of food to 4,500 Santa Cruz County seniors.
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 join now.
For the vast majority of the seniors we serve, the brown bag program stretches fixed income dollars 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!