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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

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered once a week at SHFB Cypress location for 9 months now. I work at the reception desk, where I get a bird's eye view of all the activities that go on here. I get to meet SHFB Staff, Donors, Volunteers, and Clients. And they're all wonderful people. It is very gratifying to be a small part of this great organization which is helping SO many in our community who don't have enough food.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very friendly staff. Always great selection of food. Easy to walk out with a smile on your face. Everyone there seems passionate about their work and is very genuine!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

WHEN I'VE NEED SOME ASSISTANCE WITH GROCERIES BECAUSE I WAS HUNGRY THEY HELPED WITH FOOD WHICH I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked at Second Harvest for over 32 years. I appreciate working at an organization with a mission to end hunger and has a heart.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

They are the best! I would recommend this food bank to everyone. Thanks for being so awesome!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is so amazing and inspiring! Food is a right not a privilege and the work they do to help feed the community with nutritious sustenance is awe-inspiring!

1 Lydia15

Donor

Rating: 5

My family has been contributing to and volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank for 2 years. We are incredibly impressed with the organization. Not only is Kathy Jackson a fantastic leader, but she has built a team of passionate and engaged staff. When we give to Second Harvest, we know that we are making a direct and positive impact on the health and happiness of families in our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

VERY disappointing. We went to discuss their outreach with families and they spent the majority of the time promoting the local "talent" industry people in music and fashion than they did discussing the needs of low income and homeless people in the area who get a tax write off to help. VERY DISAPPOINTING. Many lovely charities in the area that are far more interesting in reaching and helping those who struggle.

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msilva 11/03/2015

This appears to be a review for a different Second Harvest Food Bank. We are a California-based food bank and do not host events promoting local music and fashion.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about Second Harvest Food Bank! The staff is extremely friendly, the food they supply to clients is fresh and nutritious, and they truly make each dollar count. The volunteer opportunities are great team-building events for groups and they make you feel like your efforts are truly valuable. The food bank also works hard to create partnerships throughout the community and engage every stakeholder in an attempt to not only provide food for every person who needs it but to create systemic change.

Second Harvest is a model that other food banks across the country should be looking to emulate in terms of food quality, efficiency of distribution and general customer service to the public.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donating to Second Harvest Food Bank for years, and we are consistently impressed by the thoughtful and efficient work that they do to deliver healthy and nutritious food to families in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with a number of non-profits as a donor and board member. Though I'm not on the board at SHFB, I appreciate how well run the organization is and how successful they execute on their mission. I always know that a donation to SHFB will be put to good use feeding people in need with no waste or inefficiency. Easiest check I write each year.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i have volunteered sorting food or running food drives for the past 11 years, and enjoyed my experience with Second harvest food bank. Then this year I was even more blessed to have the opportunity to work within the organization for 9 months supporting the community relations and events department. I saw that their employee's truly love what they do by helping the community and people in need. they are always looking to spread the word to help others and it's contagious. What a great organization to have in our area.

Donor

Rating: 5

For the last four years, we have helped fund SHFB's SNAP program with great results. I feel very fortunate to work with such terrific partners -- responsive, innovative and transparent.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've worked with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties for more than 10 years. I've run company food drives, volunteer days, and distributed food. Nobody should go hungry in Silicon Valley, and Second Harvest is making that goal a reality.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We just signed up for a food drive and cannot wait to get our barrels. Our staff is so excited to work with Second Harvest and we are looking forward to giving back to our community. We are thankful to have such a trusted organization as SHFB to work with to help us all when we need it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!