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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 300 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. The majority of people we serve are seniors and low-income families with 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

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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.

1

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.

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.

1

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.

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.

1

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!!!!

Donor

Rating: 4

It amazes me how successful our Bay Area community is, and how at the same time, families in our same community, struggle to purchase groceries. I have been a supporter of Second Harvest for more than 10 years and I also communicate with them frequently. This organization is one of our best and well-run. Each time I participate in a Second Harvest event, they maintain the same level of excitement, love and enthusiasm for their supporters. They are organized, dedicated and their well-trained staff and volunteers are a pleasure to partner with. Thank you Second Harvest for taking care of our community!

Susana Meisenhelder
Maxim Integrated
Program Manager, HR

Donor

Rating: 5

Even though Silicon Valley is full of tech millionaires, we also have thousands of people who do not have enough to eat. Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is effective, efficient and ever-focused on providing the best experience to their customers. There but for the grace of God go all of us, so I am so proud to support Second Harvest in good times and in bad.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best run charity in our area. They are meeting a real need, and continue to serve the community well.

Donor

Rating: 5

Second Harvest Food Bank serves a very basic need in our community and one that is foundational to serving higher level needs such as education, training, and healthcare. SHFB is one of the most efficient non-profits in terms of how much of each donated dollar directly benefits the intended recipients. SHFB is also one of the most progressive non-profits in its use of technology and strategies to met the needs of tomorrow.

Donor

Rating: 5

When my husband and I donate to a charitable organization, the most decisive factor is how much of our donation goes directly to those in need. At Second Harvest, that criterion is met each and every day. And when the empty bins are delivered to my employer during food drives, it is a great feeling to know that when they are filled-up, all that food will be distributed promptly and efficiently to those people who need it most. This is an extremely well-run organization that can proudly state they truly make a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and organizations I work with have supported the Santa Clara Second Harvest Food for years. With youth groups, we’ve taken the tour which was an excellent experience and have hosted a drop-off site several times, including the lesser-known need for lunch supplies in summer. The process is so easy, the bins are dropped off and picked up, and then we got reports back about the amount of our donation.
With my own family, we’ve donated online, dropped off at stores and other local sites, and have done special grocery shopping and then driven to the main warehouse with frozen turkeys and canned goods. I appreciate that there are so many ways to help and it provided a great experience to share with my kids.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been donating to Second Harvest Food Bank for about three years now. I have great appreciation for what they are doing for the community through their various programs. It is a great non profit.

Bryan L.

Donor

Rating: 5

2nd Harvest is highly lauded within the SF Bay area community, and recognized as a very effective way to assist people in your community that are struggling to feed themselves, for whatever reason. Definitely worth our support; make it an annual or semiannual practice!

Sophia Yen

Donor

Rating: 1

As a donor, we just wanted signage that said "part of these foods were funded by an Anonymous Taiwanese-American Atheist and Buddhist" They said no. so we are giving our money elsewhere. What is the difference between acknowledging a donation from someone whose name is obviously of an ethnicity and who is known in the area for a certain religion and our request? They said it would be a slippery slope. I said, "I think this is like the journalism standard for pornography? You know it when you see it. and this is not offensive. it's simply a statement of fact."

2 Perla N.

Donor

Rating: 4

I toured the San Mateo warehouse and saw how the goods get processed and allocated to local nonprofits. I saw volunteers working to sort the produce. I heard about their efforts to get more fresh produce. Me and my kids went door to door to collect canned goods last winter.

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Donor

Rating: 5

After our father died, our mother supported three young girls on a clerical salary, leaving little money for extras. She struggled to make ends meet, feeding us flour and water biscuits with a small amount of jam the night before pay-day as that was all we had. I know first hand what hunger feels like. It is important to me as an adult of means to support the tremendous efforts of Second Harvest Food Bank in our community. They strive to offer fresh, nutritional, balanced food to the working poor, the seniors and to the hungry children in our community. They have a summer food drive to help feed children not enrolled in a school lunch program. And they do it on a shoestring!