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.
FRSC 101.1 FM
Sunday 1:30pm


helping to make santa cruz into an edible oasis.
Friday October 28th, 2011 — International Labor Rights Forum

To all the little FitHies in the deep blue sea,

Our event to help build a virtual library in a Nigerian high school was phenomenal! First, we fit 24 people INSIDE the house despite the threatening rain. Second, Shannon and Betty looked stunning in their African wraps, and Shannon's slideshow of photos was breathtaking. We're still trying to figure out what kind of beetle is so distinctively marked. And finally, we raised $1950 due to the generosity of everyone present plus a special heartfelt gift from a deeply committed couple. Thank you all!

This next week we start the chocolate holidays - Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter. So it's time for my annual child-labor-in-chocolate campaign. With our GirlUp group we watched the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate. The girls were very moved and wanted to know why more people weren't aware of the children trafficked onto the cocoa plantations that supply Hershey, Nestle, Mars, Callebaut and others.

A Bitter Tasting Anniversary
19th September, 2011 - Posted by Kylie Nealis

Cocoa child laborThis week marks the 10-year anniversary of the signing of the Harkin-Engel Protocol – an agreement by the country's largest chocolate companies, including Hershey's, committing to put an end to forced child labor on cocoa farms in West Africa by 2005. The Protocol pledged to develop and implement voluntary standards to certify cocoa produced without the "worst forms of child labor," (defined according to the International Labor Organization's Convention 182).

Child Labor in the Cocoa Industry

Ten years later, no progress has been made. Last week Global Exchange, Green America and ILRF (International Labor Rights Forum) released a report targeting Hershey's titled 'Time to Raise the Bar, Hershey!' which details how hundreds of thousands of children are still forced to work under abusive conditions for long hours on cocoa farms in West Africa, while others are victims of trafficking and forced labor, all for a Hershey bar. The documentary, The Dark Side of Chocolate is a great resource to learn more.

But we also felt that it was wrong to make kind people feel bad after they've bought candy for trick-or-treaters. So this year I plan to do what I did last year - make up mini-baggies of pink-yogurt pretzels, white yogurt almonds, and chocolate treats from Sunspire (who uses 90% fair trade chocolate, according to their manager.)

Reverse trick or treatAs we approach one of the most popular holidays for chocolate consumption, Halloween, there is a great way that children and families can help end child labor in the cocoa industry and promote Fair Trade – by participating in Reverse Trick-Or-Treating!

Reverse Trick-Or-Treating 2011For the fifth year in a row, Trick-or-Treaters will be handing Fair Trade chocolate back to adults, with informational cards attached, to explain the problems of the cocoa industry and how Fair Trade presents a solution. By providing children with a way to be active, hundreds of thousands of households in the US are getting the message that forced child labor will not be tolerated by our kids.

For more information and to order a Reverse Trick-Or-Treating kit by the October 11th deadline, please visit
Questions? Contact Kylie Nealis, Reverse Trick-Or-Treating Coordinator at Global Exchange: or call her at (415) 575-5551

Part of the problem is that there aren't good, fair-trade, kid-friendly, novelty chocolates. We want slave-free chocolate, not chipotle-acai berry 90% cacao. So next holiday we're going to produce our own fair-trade treats, and see if we can get a local chocolatier to join us. In the meantime we'll be raising funds for the International Labor Rights Forum, where Tim Newman (no relation to Newman's Own) keeps the spotlight on the issue, with help from Global Exchange.

On Friday October 28th at 7:00 I'm serving a fall menu from Suzanne Goin's Sunday Suppers at Lucques

Please RSVP if you're coming!


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