Brown Bag Program

line May 1_2014Local, 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.

IMG_1301Everyone 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!

thank you

"Thank you so much for your wonderful program. My mom, Nina, is 99 and will be 100 years old on March 11. She is thrilled to receive her brown bag each week.”
—Josh M, Aptos

"I am so grateful for the food in my weekly brown bag and my delivery driver, Paula, who I adore. I am disabled and my husband passed away four years ago. Grey Bears is a lifesaver.”
—Victoria, age 92 of Santa Cruz

"Thank you to Grey Bears for the amazing bag of groceries I just received. Thank you for all of the time, work and contributions it takes to make a brown bag."
—Toni P, Capitola

"We received our first delivery of wonderful produce today. It's been a difficult month for us and we can't tell you how much your fresh vegetables and fruit has helped out. Many thanks and all good wishes to your staff."
—Patrick P, Santa Cruz

"How very thoughtful of you to give your shut-ins a special holiday meal. And how very fortunate we were you selected Trader Joe's Turkey Pot Pies. They were delicious! Thank you!"
—anonymous, Scotts Valley

"Thank you for your contribution of the Grey Bears food items to the Mid-County Senior Center. They are enjoyed by all of the seniors who attend our activities. We certainly appreciate your support!"
—Donna F, Live Oak