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, January 13 2012 — Friends of the Congo

Let me be the FirtHt to wish you a happy FitH for 2012,

Welcome to a new Food in the Hood year! Rather than resolutions, my new tradition is to list what we've accomplished in the past twelve months. An accomplishment for one is an accomplishment for the whole family. When I look back at the 20 menus and causes in my 2011 folder, I'm proud as punch to have instigated the gatherings of so many great minds and warm hearts. But it isn't my accomplishment alone, it's the doing of all of the generous and supportive people in my extended FitHy family. You've showered me with gifts of food, wine, tablecloths, tables, mixers, serving bowls, seeds, flowers, and most of all, friendship.

This week we'll be supporting the Friends of the Congo. This is from our friends at the Institute for Policy Studies:

Visit the Institute for Policy Studies Web Site Tuesday, January 17, 2012 is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba by the United States and Belgium, in cahoots with select Congolese elites. Congolese people and friends of the Congo throughout the globe commemorate Lumumba's assassination each year to bring attention to the Congolese people's pursuit of freedom and liberation in the heart of Africa. Patrice Lumumba Since the assassination of Lumumba, the foreign multi-national corporations of the 1% profit from the plundering of the Congo's abundant mineral resources and are complicit in the super-exploitation of Congolese labor. They are also the underlying engine of the violent conflict in the country. Visit the Africa Faith & Justice Network Website Congolese women have occupied the U.S. Embassy in Congo's capital, Kinshasa, demanding that the United States cease its support of strongmen in Congo and Africa. This year's commemoration is particularly special because the November 28th elections resulted in the stealing of the vote and the voices of the Congolese people. Visit the Washington Peace Center Website Congolese throughout the globe have risen up to reclaim the stolen will and voices of the Congolese people. Friends of the Congo, Institute for Policy Studies' Foreign Policy In Focus Project, Africa Faith and Justice Network, Congo Global Action, Washington Peace Center and others are rallying in solidarity with Congolese in their pursuit to reclaim the stolen voices and advance democracy and self-determination in the heart of Africa.

With our donation we'll be requesting a copy of the film "Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth" to show at our next Girl Up meeting. It can be downloaded for free here.

And here's the menu for Friday, January 13 starting at 6:30

Please RSVP if you're coming!


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