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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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.
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Sunday 1:30pm


helping to make santa cruz into an edible oasis.
Friday, April 29th, 2011 — Office of the Americas

'Power to the FitHies,

The last FitH event was a girls' night out, which raised $80 for the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. But while doing my taxes I found another 2010 check for $40 to the IJDH that I'd misplaced - bonus! Now we have $120 to help prosecute Baby Doc Duvalier for his decades of terror.

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This FitH Friday happens to be the day after my 54th birthday (or is that FitHieForth?) It seems like forever ago that I did my first fundraiser event for my 50th. We had art, music, homemade pizza from Randall and Chinshu, cream puffs from Jean Q, my friend Alice organizing the white elephant auction, and David from Peru there to talk about the reforesting project that we were supporting. How is it possible that I didn't know all of you then? I remember thinking that this could be the start of a new phase in my life, and I remember thinking that I would never in a million years do this again. Fortunately the second feeling passed.

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Thanks to all of you for proving to me that things I dream up really can happen. And also - thanks to your nominations, I'm top of the list of speakers for the TEDx Santa Cruz talks in June. I'll keep you posted!

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This week we'll be raising funds for the Office of the Americas for the frugal and fearless Theresa and Blase Bonpane. Before they were husband and wife they were a priest and nun working together in Latin America. For 28 years they've operated a nonprofit on a shoestring, started by one donation from Martin Sheen. They led a march from one end of South America to the other. One day their teenage son asked where Dad was and the other son answered, "It's Wednesday, so he must be in jail" - there's the life of an activist.

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But Charity Navigator wouldn't approve of the OOA. According to Charity Navigator, a nonprofit needs $250 million or a year's operating expenses in the bank in order to rate a 10. Blase and Theresa have foregone their salaries, laid off the paid staff, and even lent the nonprofit money so it could support other organizations in need. But they find themselves with $40,000 of expenses in arrears. So I'm joining with Ed Asner, Noam Chomsky, and 25 illustrious others to make sure they aren't left on the hook. I prefer my charities to navigate like Dorothy Day did: steam ahead now and figure out how to pay the bills later.

Blase and Theresea Bonpane "This book Civilization is Possible should be read by every man, woman and adolescent in the United States. Never has it been more important for the American people to understand exactly who rules the United States and what bastardy they are imposing upon the nation's people by saying one thing and yet doing something completely different. This book simply and eloquently states the obvious---the wonderful United States is under the most subtle and sustained attack by people who are greedy, mean and clever, so utterly unlike the founders of the country who were wise, kind and caring and who embodied wonderful visions for the future of their embryonic nation. Read this book NOW, imbibe and digest its contents, remember the wisdom and direction of the founders, then rise up and reclaim your nation!"
Helen Caldicott, MD

On to the food for Friday, April 29th, at 7:00 pm:

This cookbook is from the TV show, How to Cook Like a Top Chef, so be forewarned. Sometimes the recipes are just too clever for their own good, plus they have first names. Just reading the recipes exhausted me, so I may do some cheating, starting with simpler photos here:
Please RSVP if you're coming!


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