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Santa Cruz County organizations bring resources straight to the community

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WATSONVILLE, Calif. (KION) Organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County and Community Bridges in Watsonville are designating food hubs to make access to food pantries and distributions easier for those with limited resources or who cannot travel far.

“That’s why these locations exist is to make sure that underserved parts of
our community have access within at least five miles of another one of our
centers, they offer these weekly, sometimes bi-monthly opportunities at
each one of the locations," says Raymon Cancino, CEO of Community Bridges in Watsonville.

Locations include:

La Manzana Family Resource Center

Drop-in hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am to 12pm, 1pm to 4:30pm
521 Main Street, Suite Y, Watsonville, CA 95076

Live Oak Family Resources

Drop-in hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9am to 5pm (closed for lunch 12pm-1pm)
1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Mountain Community Resources

Drop-in hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9am to 4pm (closed for lunch from 12:30 to 1pm)
Appointments are available Monday – Thursday 9am to 5pm.
6134 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018

Nueva Vista

Main Office
Monday – Friday: 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 5:30pm
711 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Hours of operations may differ depending on each location.

Cancino says they are also providing helpline to provide easier access to information for groups of people aged 16 and over in Santa Cruz County as they are now able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“There’s so many different players in how we’re getting the vaccines in our community, it’s confusing, sometimes when the availability is there they go back really quickly and sometimes those folks that are sometimes most in need are the people that are less likely to understand or to know or to be able to take time off or look online," says Cancino.

Cancino says all you have to do is call (831) 219-8607 to get connected with someone who can help.

"We just ask for name, phone number, age and zip code and then our staff will call you back and try to work with you to get you an appointment in 48 hours," says Cancino.

Cancino adds this help line is extending over to other Central Coast counties to help anyone in need.

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Jocelyn Ortega

Jocelyn Ortega is a multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.


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