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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 65 million pounds of food to a network of 309 community-based organizations at 985 sites across both counties.

Target demographics: An estimated 700,000 Silicon Valley residents – 1 in 4 – are at risk of hunger.

Direct beneficiaries per year: An average of 260,000 people each month. More than half the people we serve are seniors and children.

Geographic areas served: Santa Clara County, San Mateo County

Programs: Grocery programs, partner programs, CalFresh outreach, school and summer meal support, nutrition education and advocacy.

Community Stories

119 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Remarkable leadership and execution of mission. Excellent brand awareness because of its stellar work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jane72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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. :)

Kacy M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Flavia F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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
Egm@sonic.net

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering here is very easy to do as the tasks are not difficult to complete. The staff and other volunteers are very friendly and helpful. This is a great place to do work that you know will benefit others and that's a really good feeling!

Marietta D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had always wanted to volunteer at Second Harvest and finally got the opportunity to do so with current company I am contracting with. From the moment our small group entered their building to begin volunteering, we were greeted warmly and given instructions. We were then led to area to help sort and package food. The coordinator here was very friendly and informative. We all got busy and the time flew by! Afterwards we all felt a great feeling of accomplishment and hope to return again next quarter or sooner if possible! Thanks for allowing us to help out!

Suzanne58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was very easy to find a day to volunteer and fun to work with other volunteers sorting and packing apples. It was quick and yet so rewarding!

Diana63

Donor

Rating: 5

They are a crucial safety net for those who are food insecure, most importantly in the summer months when schools are closed. As a donor they have been responsive to any questions and concerns. They do a good job with using social media to promote their purposes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a high powered executive that always wanted to volunteer. When a break in my career allowed me to join the Second Harvest Brown Bag program, I seriously underestimated what it would mean to me personally. The professionalism of the Second Harvest staff is unmatched in Silicon Valley. The dedication and camaraderie of volunteers forms life-long friendships. Most important is the consistent, quality service provided to the members of the Brown Bag program. Our particular site provided approx. 20 lbs. of healthy food to over 100 low income seniors every week! Thank you Second Harvest.