La Manzana Community Resources

Our compassionate staff build a warm, friendly, safe place for the Pajaro Valley community to access resources that offer stability and hope for the future. La Manzana Community Resources is part of the Community Bridges family of programs. (Para Español, desplácese hacia abajo y en el icono de Google seleccione “Spanish.” La información estara traducida a partir de allí.)

Hours of operation may be impacted as La Manzana staff responds to the Pajaro Valley flood. For information about the local assistance available to Pajaro residents, click HERE.


Click here for a complete list of services across our sites.

Food Distribution:

We partner with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide free supplemental groceries and nutritional awareness to the community. Our distributions are temporarily suspended. For a list of food distributions, please visit Second Harvest Food Bank directory at:

Community Advocacy:

We seek to meet the needs of families through bi-lingual, bi-cultural support on both a long and short-term basis. Our drop-in advocacy support aims to help our community access resources and set goals to address issues such as housing, employment, education, domestic violence prevention, childcare and more.


We partner with professionally pre-licensed clinical counselors to offer free counseling and advocacy to youth, families and individuals. Our services provide support for people to learn and access healthy coping skills, stress management techniques and work on other issues as needed.

Parent Education:

We offer a variety of parent education classes and one-on-one sessions, including classes that address a wide range of topics including preventing tantrums, traveling in the car, managing chores, the power of self-esteem, and more. Classes, workshops, seminars and individual sessions are available in both Spanish and English, funding for the program is made available by First 5 Santa Cruz County.

Public Benefits Enrollment Assistance:

Our advocates help with enrollment and reporting for government benefits and services (i.e. Cal-Fresh, unemployment, MediCal, CoveredCA). Our advocates can help you select the best healthcare program for you and your family.

Summer Lunch:

During the summer months we serve lunch to children in Santa Cruz County as part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Summer Lunch provides a nutritionally balanced meal to children who may be without lunch while school is out. In collaboration with Snap-Ed, we also provide nutrition education, food sampling and physical education for children and families at the Summer Lunch sites. For location details, click here.

Client Satisfaction:

We value feedback from participants to help develop services, measure effectiveness, and identify needs most critical to our community. Participant surveys help us learn how to serve clients more efficiently and effectively. Click here to see the outcomes of our most recent client feedback survey.

La Manzana Community Resources is serving lunch this summer!

All kids, ages 18 and under, can pick up a FREE lunch at sites all over Santa Cruz County from June 5 through August 3. For details, call 831-724-2997.

“I worked in the field for 40 years, but I can’t work anymore. This food is very important to us. I use the fruits and the vegetables to cook for my wife, she’s diabetic. I also like to come here for help filling out forms. I can’t speak English or read, so it helps me a lot.”


Drop-in hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am to 12pm, 1pm to 4:30pm
521 Main Street, Suite Y, Watsonville, CA 95076

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