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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 more than 320 community-based organizations at more than 850 sites across both counties.

Target demographics: our neighbors who need a healthy meal

Direct beneficiaries per year: over a quarter of a million people each month

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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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!

2

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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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Second Harvest Food Bank came to my attention a few years ago. I am continually in awe of their mission, how incredibly hard they work, and how effectively they produce results. Second Harvest feeds large numbers of people - adults and children - who have nowhere else to go, and those numbers are growing substantially every year. Second Harvest gives people more than food; they give them a leg up, hope, and a way to climb out of an impossible life situation- not enough to eat.

Barbara154

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Second Harvest Food Bank has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most effective organizations in feeding the hungry in Silicon Valley. Its operations are efficient, and one of my husband's and my criteria for donation involves the percentage of money donated that actually goes to HELP people, as opposed to being gobbled up by administrative costs.

I hope Second Harvest continues to be funded for a very long time. If it weren't here, many people who need assistance would not be able to get it.

--Barbara Saxton

PamLiving

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I volunteer with Council on Aging and specifically with the HealthTrust Program distributing the Healthy Steps books. At one of our recent volunteer meetings I was very pleased to learn of the great working relationship and cooperation between Second Harvest and HealthTrust.