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Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: Lead our community to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one.

Results: We are the largest nonprofit provider of food in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties; nearly 1 in 10 people in our region receives some of their food from Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year, we provided more than 66 million pounds of food to a network of 300 community-based organizations at 905 sites across both counties.

Target demographics: Our neighbors who need a healthy meal

Direct beneficiaries per year: An average of more than 257,000 people each month. More than half the people we serve are seniors and children.

Geographic areas served: Santa Clara County, San Mateo County

Programs: 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

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was the second time I helped volunteer at the Second Harvest food Bank. The employees are very friendly and helpful, with a lot of knowledge and experience about how Second Harvest helps our communities. I loved volunteering and am planning another volunteer day in January to help make an impact where we need it most.

Donor

Rating: 5

Second Harvest helps so many people, especially but not exclusively around the holidays. Great organization!

Sammie Candy V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for all you do to help our community. I have seen friends and family fall on short times and you have been there for them during the times that count.

THANK YOU!

Donor

Rating: 5

Its a great way to help out the community in your area

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Second Harvest Food Bank delivers almost 15 tons of fresh produce to my agency at 6am *every* Monday morning. We have 50+ volunteers that come to bag it up and place in our client’s cars as they drive through from 8am-5pm, SHFB allows us to provide huge bags of fresh fruits and vegetables to almost 1000 low-income households in our community. Every Single Monday. Thank You SHFB!! ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love doing corporate team volunteer events with SHFB!! Their staff is always so supportive, helpful and accommodating every single time we visit. Our group votes to volunteer at SHFB year after year!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of managing Second Harvest programs in our South Bay office for the last 8+ years. During this time, I have had the opportunity to work closely with their caring and dedicated staff to bring awareness and support to our ever expanding employee base. Due to their tireless efforts and creative thinking, our company’s giving and volunteering has multiplied by leaps and bounds to levels only imagined 8 years ago. Not only is Second Harvest an incredible organization to support, their staff is absolutely amazing!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer at Second Harvest for 2+ years. I was amazed to learn that SHFB has MANY volunteers who have given 10-20+ years of volunteer service. Wow! I think this speaks volumes about the organization and how well it is run. The goal is to help those who need food get it, while being respectful, friendly and helpful. Everyone I’ve encountered at SHFB shows this spirit, regardless of their role. I look forward to my volunteer hours every week as a result.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like Second Harvest Food Bank! I've volunteered there for years, and I've seen first hand how they serve the community. I really like the fact that they have a Healthy Food policy and they're really focused on providing nutritional food for their clients.

Brooke S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties for a few months and was very impressed by them! They really do care about the community and helping the people that make it up. They will not judge you on any level because they are truly there to help. I would recommend volunteering or seeking resources and help from Second Harvest! Everyone needs help at some point, so no one should ever be turned away.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Harvest is an incredibly well organized nonprofit that has helped our community and beyond.

Keep up the amazing work you do. I feel so fortunate to have been able to help on many occasions. Thank you for all you do to lift our community up.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had a great time as a Food Sort volunteer, met some great people, and it feels good to help people in need.

It's wonderful to see this organization is also highly rated by Charity Navigator.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer monthly at SHFB and always leave feeling better than when I arrived. We sort & box produce, label cans, sort barrel donations, or whatever is needed when we get there. When my daughter turned 14 she started volunteering with me and now has an appreciation for giving back to the community. I also volunteer for a couple partner agencies so I see where boxes of produce end up as it's repacked for distribution or prepared as a meal. When I see where this food ends up, I fully appreciate the broad impact of SHFB. It's been at least 8 years since I started volunteering at SHFB and I hope to continue for many more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a donor and volunteer with Second Harvest. I love coordinating members of my club to come work at Second Harvest on a Saturday morning. We get pretty dirty sorting cans and filling boxes, but we leave with such satisfaction knowing that our work will help people in our community. I also coordinate food donations at the holidays, as well as personally donating monthly. It's important to me that Second Harvest works locally in my community, helping those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Harvest Food Bank is such a wonderful place to be at. Great opportunities to volunteer and get food. The staff is so kind hearted and always more than happy to help with whatever is needed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Second Harvest Food Bank reaches out to the community to make sure that food is available to all that are hungry. They reach into the communities of both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. They also link agencies with disaster preparedness. I have worked with them through 3 agencies. I do not have pictures or video, but I am honored to be even acquainted with them.
Bonnie Miller

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SHFB is a great i have been on both sides of the table being the person in need of the assistance and was able to receive fresh produce and other grocery needs with out feeling like i was getting some left overs that no one else wanted and was able to present them to my family and feel proud. Then in my employment when i found that we worked with SHFB and and I was going to be able to present these same fresh items to my clients and they appreciated them it was a good feeling for me and my team of coworkers good job SHFB keep up the great work

1 John409

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a retired Parole Agent, I have often referred my parolees and their families to the Second Harvest Food Bank for resources.
Even my own mother, who lives on a modest income, swears by and partakes in the Brown Bag for Seniors and the discounted hot meals at the Senior Center in East Palo Alto, CA. The Second Harvest Food Bank has enhanced the quality of life of Seniors and families in San Mateo & Santa Clara counties.

1 John408

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great non profit with a great cause helping people that can really use a boost.

Mary470

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never worked with a non-profit like Second Harvest before. They truly care about the community and it's needs. Our families receive so much help from Second Harvest. Their employees are exceptionally helpful and good-hearted.

Joe_95

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having both volunteered and been a consumer at SHFB I would like to say it is one of the most vital and humane non-profits out there. I want to mention expressly, the local harvest of neighborhood fruit trees and say that this is some of the healthiest and best-tasting food I have encountered at any place. Volunteers are well-supervised and rewarded, and the staff is caring, professional, and helpful at every turn, including referrals to other resources above and beyond the call of their duties. They are superb in every way.