Grey Bears began connecting and sustaining seniors in 1973 with garden produce for 100 members. Over the next 41 years and 84 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 to a network of sites and to homebound seniors in Santa Cruz County every week. This year, Grey Bears will deliver 2.8 million pounds of healthy food to 4,500 Santa Cruz County seniors.
Everyone is invited to become a supporting member of Grey Bears for just $20 a year. Those 55 years and older are eligible to receive a weekly bag of groceries. Click here to fill out our online membership form.
For the vast majority of our members, 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.