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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Are you Local to
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, November 30th — For Haiti

FitH Friday at 6:30 for Haiti

It's been three months since our last Food in the Hood. Thanks to everyone who came to our dinner for East Timor. We donated $300 to IF with your help, and received a lovely thank-you from their energetic director, Anita Seth.

It's fitting to be writing this on Giving Tuesday, which now follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday like sun after a big, oppressive cloud. With so few FitHs this year, I had some catching up to do and I thought you might want to know about the causes I found worthy:

Palestine has been breaking my heart, and the best venue I've found to help is our friends at Grassroots International. They combine outspoken activism with funding for homegrown initiatives like the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees and the Gaza Community Mental Health Program.

Haiti is also on my mind and in the complaints I'm registering to God. Would it be so much skin off the almighty Nose to cut them a little slack? Grassroots does some great agroecology work in Haiti along with supporting Haitian women against gender violence in their campaign called "Se Ra, Se Ta" (Later is too late.) Our FitH will support them this Friday.

Lambi Fund also does a fine job in Haiti and is helping to replenish the 70% loss of crops due to Hurricane Sandy. Partners in Health is known for their work in Haiti but has a program on childhood hunger in Malawi that they were focusing on for Giving Tuesday.

Here at home one of my favorite causes is Ag Against Hunger. They use volunteers (like our own Rusten) to harvest crops that would otherwise go to waste. For the mere cost of coolers and a minimal staff, they gave over 150,000 lbs. of produce to food banks in three counties. I particularly like this way of supporting local food because it doesn't involve aluminum cans.

On to our Food and a little extra thanks-giving for Friday, November 30th at 6:30

Are we lucky to live in this neighborhood or what?

Please RSVP if you can come. Call me at 426.5852 if you don't hear back (two responses didn't go through last time so I want to make sure we have a chair for you)

With gratitude for neighbors like you, and with one of my favorite Thanksgiving poems from panhala, below.



Thanks & blessings be
to the Sun & the Earth
for this bread & this wine,
this fruit, this meat, this salt,
this food;
thanks be & blessing to them
who prepare it, who serve it;
thanks & blessings to them
who share it
(& also the absent & the dead).
Thanks & Blessing to them who bring it
(may they not want),
to them who plant & tend it,
harvest & gather it
(may they not want);
thanks & blessing to them who work
& blessing to them who cannot;
may they not want – for their hunger
sours the wine & robs
the taste from the salt.
Thanks be for the sustenance & strength
for our dance & work of justice, of peace.

~ Rafael Jesus Gonzalez ~

(In Praise of Fertile Land, edited by Claudia Mauro)


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