The California Giant Foundation was established in 2015 by the founders of California Giant Berry Farms as a 501(c)3 non-profit (Tax ID: 47-3539939) as way to formalize their ongoing dedication to supporting local charitable organizations and causes. Doing so also provides the employees of California Giant an opportunity to give back to the community through organizations that are making a positive change in the health and wellness of current and future generations.
The support of the California Giant Foundation is defined by four pillars that serve as the inspiration for charitable gifts, event sponsorship and partnerships. These four pillars include:
Childhood Obesity and Nutrition – encourage healthy food stability and increase food education through programs such as Farm Discovery at Live Earth, Rancho Cielo and various school programs.
Hunger and Food Insecurity – support to local homeless and hunger-based organizations such as Meals on Wheels and local Food Bank programs that seek to significantly decrease the number of hungry families in the community.
Prevention and Awareness – national and local support is given to organizations that affect change by educating and increasing awareness about prevalent diseases that affect so many. Organizations that benefit include American Cancer Society and Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services, among others.
Community – support of local health and fitness initiatives that benefit employees of California Giant Berry Farms and their families including Pajaro Valley Shelter Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), community sports programs and more.
To provide even more support to these causes and local organizations, the California Giant Foundation plans and executes a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. Run by a volunteer committee made up of California Giant employees, events such as Bunko Night, Gift Basket Raffles and Meal Occasions take place at California Giant headquarters for staff to take part in and raise money. An annual Skirt Steak BBQ has also become a community-wide tradition, and one of the largest fundraising events put on by the Foundation.
CASA of Santa Cruz County recruits, screens, trains and supervises volunteers to act on behalf of one child in the juvenile dependency court system. The CASA develops a one-on-one relationship with the child and/or their families or caregivers. CASA volunteers also work with attorneys and social workers. They review records, research information, and talk to anyone involved with the child, including parents, extended family members, doctors and teachers.
From information gathered, a volunteer presents his or her best recommendations to the judge, for the safety and welfare of his or her CASA child. Very often, a case involving an abused child can slip through the cracks in the overburdened child welfare system. The best hope for that child is one pair of eyes and ears focused intently upon him or her. Those eyes and ears belong to that child’s very own personal CASA volunteer.
Chamberlain's Youth Services
Chamberlain’s Youth Services (CYS) is a 18 bed therapeutic residential program located on a seven acre campus in Hollister, California. We have been serving youth throughout California for over fifty years.
CYS strives to be a premier model program providing a home like setting and the highest quality of comprehensive full scope therapeutic, rehabilitative, and educational services for youth six to 17 years of age.
Digital NEST brings growth and stability to the rural, agricultural-based cities of Watsonville and Salinas.
Our communities were historically locked out of the economic opportunity and digital innovation brought by the tech to other California communities. We knew that our kids deserve the very best to nurture their talents, wisdom, and passions so we built our own thriving center for technology and empowerment that prepares our young people to prosper in the workforce. Digital NEST spins a web of connection and opportunity across the entire community.
CG Foundation Skirt Steak BBQ
California Giant employees have been planning & organizing a Skirt Steak BBQ lunch every year for the past 15 years. From ordering the steak, cooking it to perfection and packing up to 1,100 delicious lunches for local businesses and friends to enjoy. For some, it is an event that is looked forward to every year. All proceeds from this lunch are donated to local non-profit agencies.
Jacob’s Heart exists to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by supporting their families in the challenges they face. Since 1998, Jacob’s Heart has provided emotional, practical, financial and peer support to hundreds of local children and youth with cancer and thousands of their family members.
Jacob’s Heart also provides family-centered grief support specializing in the unique sorrow of the loss of a child to bereaved families. We envision a community where every child with a serious or life-threatening condition has a strong, supported and informed family empowered to fully participate in their care.
Committed to the core belief that every child deserves a family, Kinship Center provides the full spectrum of family-centered support to strengthen the families and communities we serve.
Kinship Center has created programs and services over the years to meet the full range of children’s needs, including children with past trauma, and to support the adults who step forward to provide them safe “forever families.”
Monarch Services’ mission is lives free from violence and abuse. We serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, as well as their families. Monarch offers the only emergency confidential shelter in Santa Cruz County. We also provide wrap-around case management, therapy, housing support, legal services, and a 24-hour crisis line.
Additionally, Monarch engages in violence prevention work with youth, outreach to vulnerable populations, including the migrant farm worker community, and provides emergency housing to women leaving custodial settings so they are not released into homelessness and placed at higher risk of victimization. All of our services are offered in both English and Spanish.
Partnership for Children
Partnership for Children has been providing transportation to medical care and family support services for children living with life-threatening illnesses in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties since 2007.
Partnership for Children's transportation program increases access to compassionate care for children on the Central Coast, and financial and practical support services help ensure families maintain basic living needs such as housing, utilities, and diapers. During the holidays, Partnership for Children provides the children and their siblings with toys, gifts, pajamas, warm hats, and books to bring some cheer!
PV Loaves and Fishes
Founded in 1989, Loaves and Fishes is a community-based organization dedicated to alleviating hunger among working poor families, farm workers, and elderly, disabled and homeless individuals of the Pajaro Valley.
We help sustain the lives of thousands of individuals by assisting them with nutritious food. We envision a community in which all people have access to healthy food and the other basic necessities of life. We are committed to working collaboratively to develop a healthier, more food-secure community through direct service and advocacy. Each day we manifest the values of service, compassion and justice in our work.
PV Shelter Services
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services (PVSS) provides families with a path to stable, self-sufficient futures through short- and longer-term housing and supportive services. We offer housing solutions to families with children in diverse situations of homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness as the most effective organization in the Pajaro Valley that provides emergency shelter and transitional housing.
The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever, and however we can. We are an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
From disaster relief, food pantries, solutions to human trafficking, spiritual healing, summer camps, alcohol and drug rehab, services for the aging, and more - we work to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
California Giant’s Santa’s Workshop
Each year California Giant employees “adopt” children and families throughout our local communities, surrounding Watsonville California, during the holiday season. For over a decade, the staff have taken it upon themselves to plan internal fundraiser events such as Photos with Santa, Holiday-themed co-ed Buncos, 12 days of baked goods, basket raffles, and more all to raise funds for Santa’s Workshop where they purchase toys and gifts for the “adopted” families. This is their way of giving back to the communities that support agriculture around the Salinas and Pajaro Valley area.
SC Toys for Tots
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, now in its 67th year, was developed for the simple purpose of spreading Christmas cheer to children in need. In communities where no Reserve unit exists, volunteers and business leaders continue the tradition of providing the gift of hope to area children.
Teen Kitchen Project
The Teen Kitchen Project is a nonprofit organization that brings young people into the kitchen to learn to cook delicious and nourishing food. The meals they prepare are delivered to individuals and families who are in crisis due to a life-threatening illness like cancer. We serve families in Santa Cruz County, California.
The teens gain skills in cooking healthy food, learn about the impact of their food choices, and are offered an opportunity to build connections through community service.
Teen Kitchen Project hosts cooking classes and camps for ages 8 and up. We also have a robust catering program. Both the classes and catering program offer us an opportunity to generate revenue to support feeding more families in crisis.