PHOTOS: Hunger Fighters of the Year

Jess Brown presents the Hunger Fighter of the Year award to Debra Kennedy. Kennedy and her husband William have been actively volunteering in the Watsonville area for 50 years, and Debra has been the leader of a team that provides about 100 meals for the hungry every week for the past 35 years at the Salvation Army. (Photo by Jeanie Johnson/Register-Pajaronian)

SANTA CRUZ — Second Harvest Food Bank held its annual awards dinner at Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz Wednesday evening.

The event honored those who supported the Holiday Food and Fund Drive, which raised $4.8 million meals, as well as awarded the Hunger Fighters of the Year: Debra Kennedy and Dick Peixoto.


Watsonville Mayor Francisco Estrada (right) congratulates Dick Peixoto on receiving the Hunger Fighter of the Year award. Peixoto, the owner of Lakeside Organic Gardens, has donated thousands of pounds of food to the food bank over the years, as well as provides financial support to the organization. (Photo by Jeanie Johnson/Register-Pajaronian)

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