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, April 29th, 2011 — Rights Action

F to the FitH,

as the Santa Cruz Film Festival says. I'm not sure what it means, but I sure am enjoying this magnificent event. I can't believe that it and I have coexisted in SC for the last 10 years without ever getting together. For the next FitH on May 27th we'll be supporting the humanitarian hero of Chiapas who's featured in El Andalon by local filmmakers Consuelo Alba and John Speyer.

Visit the site

You can view the trailer here. I have the DVD, which would be great to show before the dinner if anyone would like to offer a viewing space. It's an inspirational half-hour and the indefatigable Betsy McNair will be helping to prepare an appropriately Mexican feast.

Thanks to my core FitHies for raising $80 for the Office of the Americas for Blaise and Theresa Bonpane. Thanks especially to Janna Hoadley, who stayed after the Sentinel photo shoot to help cook. The Sentinel article was on the Urban Garden Share project that connects willing gardeners with garden space. I've already claimed Janna, but if you'd like to put your garden space or gardening skills up for adoption, it's easy to post a listing on the site. If you happened to have your first date this weekend, you could also list it as an action on the 350 challenge!

Read the article

For our cause this week we'll be revisiting my favorite charity - Rights Action. With a staff of only two or three people, they seem to be everywhere in Latin America. Recent articles talk about the worsening repression in Honduras, the mining exploitation in Guatemala, the anti-drug war movement in Mexico, and Haiti's new US-backed strongman President. I'm reminded of Margaret Mead's phrase, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." But she should have added "feisty and stubborn" when it comes to Grahame Russell and Annie Bird.

Visit the site

We'll be out on the front lawn again this Friday the 13th from 4:00 to 6:00. I'm missing my to-go crew, who I don't get to see with my sit-down dinners! The menu is from an all-vegetarian cookbook called Super Naturals by Heidi Swanson, who also has the website 101 Cookbooks. She's revolutionized my thinking about healthy foods, especially exotic grains and oils. So I wanted to share her tasty ideas with you.

On to the food for Friday, May 13, from 4-6 pm:

  • Beluga Lentil Crostini
  • Baked Artichoke Dip
  • Carrot Poppy Seed Bread
  • Spiced Coconut Spinach and Asparagus
  • Clemenquat Salad with Roasted Walnuts and Parmesan Shavings
  • Giant Crusty and Creamy White Beans with Greens
    Giant Crusty and Creamy White Beans with Greens
  • Ginger-Amaranth Shortbreads
  • Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hope to see you there! Please RSVP.


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