Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
October 17, 2008
I recently moved to the Bay Area from the east coast and at first had everything in order financially. But when my landlord decided to move unexpectedly, I had 30 days to find an inexpensive room for board in one of the most expensive areas in the country. I was already suffering from "sticker shock" every time I went to the grocery store and found my waist continuing to expand between regular visits to the McDonald's and Taco Bell value menus. Now the stress of finding a new place to rest my head while having no money for food sent me into a tailspin. There was a rocky month of homelessness and severe depression but thanks to a general hope in the future, I managed to persevere. Amid the "penny pinching" and the sleepless nights, the only thing I could count on looking forward to the next day was a hot lunch at the community center I visited during the week. Those meals that Second Harvest Food Bank provided to the community center were a godsend and were often the only meal I had during the week. I'm proud to be a "success story" as someone who is self-sufficient once more and won't have to feel the pangs of hunger before bed ever again. I'm forever grateful to the Food Bank, and the hundreds of other agencies it partners with, that made that time of trial more bearable. I encourage everyone to donate what they can whether it's $1 or $100 to help fight local hunger and provide the hope that the hungry in our community deserve. It made all the difference to me.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my own life and the ability to rise above severe poverty and starvation
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
knowing that my money is stretched very far to feed as many people as efficiently as possible
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
always cheerful and easy to talk to; everyone is passionate about the work they do and it shows!
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
wipe out hunger once and for all!
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Client Served & received food weekly from this organization.