Second Harvest Food Bank Of Santa Clara And San Mateo Counties

Rating: 4.77 stars   83 reviews

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4001 N 1st Street San Jose CA 95134 USA


Providing food for people in need in our community.


We provide the equivalent of nearly 142,500 meals per day to hungry people. Last year, we provided more than 62 million pounds of food; more than half was fresh produce.

Target demographics:

provide food for people in need in our community.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

nearly a quarter of a million people each month

Geographic areas served:

Santa Clara County, San Mateo County


Food Connection, Kids NOW (Nutrition on Weekends), Family Harvest, Operation Brown Bag for seniors, Mobile Pantry, Produce Mobile, Food Stamp Outreach, Nutrition Education, and our Partner Agencies program

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Reviews for Second Harvest Food Bank Of Santa Clara And San Mateo Counties

Rating: 5 stars  

SHFB is the best run non-profit that I have ever seen. The leadership team makes sure that every dollar counts and they are driven to make the meals healthy. The team also has an incredible ability to interact well with clients, donors, farmers and volunteers while maintaining a positive attitude. It feels great to give to SHFB - it matters!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Love working with the staff at SHFB!! I get to plan lots of last minute community sharing activities and I know that I can always count on SHFB to accommodate my groups whether they are big or small. Everyone always leaves there feeling confident that we've made a difference!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at the Second Harvest Bing Center for about three years, first as a volunteer and then as a team leader. It has been a very enlightening and inspiring experience. The staff is first rate; creating a positive and friendly environment for the volunteers while educating them about the unbelievable number of hungry people serviced by Second Harvest. They consistently provide all the help and support we team leaders need to do our jobs, which ensures that the volunteers have a very positive experience. Second Harvest is the best.

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1 person found this review helpful

Being as a volunteer @ the San Carlos location in the last 5 years, I never realized how much I helped with the people in needs. I really enjoy being there and my heart is free with joy everytime I help. :)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started out as a volunteer and just recently became a team leader...I've done a great deal of volunteering in my lifetime and this is the best run, most rewarding non-profit that I have encountered. The work to be done is so well organized and the people so friendly and fun that the time flies by. Every time I have worked at SHFB I come away feeling that I have done something worthwhile and that my time and effort has been appreciated.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The beauty of Second Harvest is in its simplicity and the basic ingredients of its business model. It addresses a most basic need of food for disadvantaged folks. Besides relying on the generosity of the public at large for donations, it also connects companies to its endeavors by enlisting their support for their food transportation needs. And it engages people in their cause by asking their help to organize and screen the food in preparation for delivery. By casting such a wide net of participation in our community, they accomplish their objective and they educate and connect a wide group of people about the issue of those living around us that don't have enough to eat. And in no time at all, a bunch of volunteers can make a difference. It is a great experience to see what a bunch of humans can accomplish in the space of three hours.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a year of volunteering with the food back of San Mateo second harvest
I worked up. To being a team leader and was welcomed from the beginning
As a value for their effort. I was amazed over the months
I was there how many people I met and the glow that it put on
Peoples faces. from community service workers to local regular volunteers
We were all doing something importent something that we believed
In and knew that people were being fed because
We cared. I have a physical limitation but they welcomed
Me and used me to help others. Rita and the others were good freinds
While I was there. Defiantly the best volunteer
Experience possible.
Erik McCready

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1 person found this review helpful

I have supported Second Harvest financially for many years. In the last couple of years I've added volunteering at their site doing food distribution: sorting cans and bagging goods. I always leave the Second Harvest site feeling wonderful, I know I've made a difference in someone's life - the work is so direct to the needs of my community! The work is easy and fun. I coordinate volunteer work for my local democratic club and we try to be at Second Harvest a couple times a year. What I personally like best about Second Harvest is how their work is used in my local community. Rita, the organizer at Second Harvest in San Carlos, always starts the Saturday morning food sorts by telling the volunteers where the food is going and how much our work counts. We do the work that would cost this organization thousands of dollars a year (actually I think it's much, much more than that, more like $1m/year). As a financial supporter too, I know that my money is used well, with the majority going towards providing food in my community. What I don't see is wasteful mail with mailing labels, etc. that I receive from so many other groups. Second Harvest is one of the main groups I support each year and I highly recommend them to my family and friends.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I only donate money to a few organizations because I want my money to stay in my local community. This is one of the reasons I love Second Harvest! Everything I donate goes to feed the hungry here at home. I donate monthly, for me this is a simple way to make a larger annual donation. I have also volunteered several times with my local political club sorting foods at the Bing Center. getting it ready to send out into the community. These events leave us all feeling good, knowing we have helped our community in so many ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish they could handle even more volunteers as many times we have to wait for an opening to work at food distribution! there seem to be more volunteers than can be used. Mainly I wish there was no need for Second Harvest to exist, but I'm so glad they are around to help those in need. I am always impressed at how well it's organized every time we go to volunteer, great work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer team leader in San Carlos for almost 5 years. I love working with Rita, Rudy and the other team leaders. We try to make it a fun environment so the volunteers have a great experience and want to come back. Everyone truly cares about each other, the volunteers and the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered with the San Carlos location for more than 7 years as a team leader. The employees are easy to work with, the tasks are always changing but easy to follow and explain to other volunteers. I've learned much more about food insecurity in a supposedly wealthy area and love to bring new volunteers to a fun and rewarding organization and to help explain the Food Bank's mission when I'm out in the community with other non-profits.

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