Local, vital and multifaceted, Grey Bears promotes good nutrition, activity and social connection as the perfect recipe for healthy aging. Since 1973 the Brown Bag Program has delivered 90 million pounds of fresh produce and healthy staples to Santa Cruz County seniors. This year, Grey Bears will distribute the equivalent of 2 million meals to 4,000 seniors, including 925 who are homebound.
Everyone is invited to become a supporting member of Grey Bears for just $30 a year. Those 55 years and older (and age 50+ with a disability) are eligible to receive a weekly bag of healthy groceries. Click here to sign up now. No one is turned away for lack of funds – scholarships are available.
For the vast majority of the seniors we serve, the brown bag program stretches fixed income dollars, improves nutrition and provides opportunities for 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. Please click here to volunteer. Here’s the brown bag line in action!