Food in the Hood is a biweekly neighborhood dinner to raise funds for global charities.

617 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, California
Click on the links below to view a slideshow from the fundraiser for:
El Andalon
Caravan for Cuba

Customers take whatever they want and donate whatever they want. All proceeds go to a different global charity each week. Ingredients are fair-trade and as local as possible, from the Farmer's Markets or backyards. Students from Santa Cruz High School sometimes help out, play ukuleles, or play with the baby chicks.
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Food in the Hood?
We welcome donations of:

  • » Backyard produce
  • » Baked goods
  • » Homemade food
  • » Preserves
  • » Canning jars
  • » Plants & seeds
  • » Plant containers & flats
  • » Scraps for chickens / rabbits

FitH partners WitH:

Wide World Partners

high school students raising awareness and funds for global causes.


enabling the great reskilling through affordable small classes.

The Parent Network

how to raise giving kids in a taking world.


artisans and entrepreneurs making the practical beautiful and the beautiful practical

Transition Santa Cruz

a catalyst for relocalization

Slow Money Santa Cruz

an investor co-op for a return to small-scale agriculture & industry.

Third Paradigm

A radio thinktank about community sovereignty and regenerative economics.
FRSC 101.1 FM
Sunday 1:30pm


helping to make santa cruz into an edible oasis.
Friday, August 31st — IF – East Timor

FitH Friday at 6:30 for IF - East Timor

Thank you to everyone who's made the last three years of Food in the Hood so rewarding! I have FINALLY caught up on sending all donation checks. To make up for being such a laggard, I rounded up the check to The Friendship Office of the Americas to make it an even $1000. With Sergio Castro (El Andalon) and the Voices of Angels in Nigeria, that makes them our third One Grand grant.

Speaking of the Friendship Office, our Girl Up hostesses watched a recent documentary on Honduras by Al Jazeera,

followed by a panel discussion that included Annie Bird of Rights Action and our own Dana Franks.

They said it was informative and heart-breaking, but they were glad to know about it.

The other checks I sent were to Grassroots International for the West Bank Seed Bank. I rounded up these donations to $400 and included one of the Living Seed Collections we sold to raise donations.

This Friday at 6:30 we'll be raising funds for IF, our Lake Freedom friends, although with so many good causes they're sponsoring, I just can't choose. There's the September 29th Peru dinner at IF, which supports their communal kitchens.

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There's an inspiring couple moving to East Timor with their young children, to continue their work in human rights and science!

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And there's Pietro Ameglio and the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity. Here you can see the interview our neighbor David Sweet did of him and the excellent videos of his talks by the directors of El Andalon.

The only solution is to start with East Timor and continue doing dinners for IF throughout the fall. Subscribe to their beautiful and inspiring newsletter and see for yourself how lucky we are to be living in reach of these multi-generational miracle makers.

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And I can hand-deliver the checks, so I won't get behind again!

Saturday, July 7th — Friendship of the Americas

Welcome to Food in the Sweltering Summer Hood!

Remember last June when it wouldn't stop raining long enough to schedule an outdoor event? That sure seemed like a different swing of the climate pendulum than now.

Thank you to everyone who made our only Spring FitH such a success. We sent $240 to Rights Action for their work in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Chiapas.

Visit the Friendship of the Americas Website

This week on Saturday, July 7th, we'll be holding a brunch event around 11:00, just after our gopher-hunting demonstration by Gophers Limited. The fund raising will be for a FitH favorite - the Friendship Office of the Americas. It was founded by Rita Clark D'Escoto, the sister of Miguel D'Escoto, former president of the UN General Assembly. My good friends Tom Louden and Jenny Atlee, an extraordinary couple, head up their Honduran office. Tom started the Alliance for Responsible Trade and was appointed to be the Executive Secretary of the Commission of Truth in Honduras. Jenny wrote Red Thread: A Spiritual Journey of Accompaniment, Trauma and Healing about her experiences in Nicaragua during the US-sponsored contra wars.

There is no more worthy cause than Honduras, which is still bearing the brunt of the military coup that deposed Manuel Zelaya on June 28th, three years ago. Due to the catastrophic rise in violence and repression since then, the UN has deemed Honduras the most dangerous country in the world, with over 300 political assassinations in that time. Witness for Peace has a letter you can send to Congress to end military aid to the coup regime.

Let's hope that Paraguay isn't following in their post-coup footsteps.

On to brighter things, like the menu! This is again from Jesse Ziff-Cool's Simply Organic Cookbook and the 101 Cookbooks blog. For Saturday, July 7th starting at 5:30

Please RSVP if you're coming!


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