Healthy Food for Seniors Program

line May 1_2014Click here to begin receiving your weekly brown bag of fresh produce and healthy staples – or if you’d like to renew your subscription. Everyone at any age is invited to become a supporting member of Grey Bears for a small annual subscription. Those 55 years and older (and age 50+ with a disability) are eligible to receive a weekly brown bag. Click here to sign up now. The annual fee is waived for those with a financial hardship. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. We share the bounty.

Local, vital and multifaceted, Grey Bears promotes good nutrition, activity and social connection as the perfect recipe for healthy aging. Since 1973 Grey Bears has delivered more than 100 million pounds of fresh produce and healthy staples to Santa Cruz County seniors and other agencies that serve those in need. This year, Grey Bears will distribute the equivalent of 2 million meals to 3,900 seniors, including 975 who are homebound.

For the vast majority of the seniors we serve, the Healthy Food for Seniors program improves nutrition, stretches fixed income dollars and provides opportunities for social connection and volunteerism. Grey Bears benefits from an active volunteer base of 900 amazing people who donate more than 80,000 hours of service each year to make our programs possible. Please click here to volunteer. Here’s the assembly line in action on November 9, 2018!

thank you

"Thank you! This service is great and really helps our struggling family. We are renewing as lifetime members."
—Roger B, Santa Cruz

"I have never eaten so healthy! I am almost 80 and I am eating salad several times a week for the first time in my life! Love the strawberries, too. Thank you!"
—Jeanie C, Capitola

"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

"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, Santa Cruz

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

"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

"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