Advocacy Overview


Our community can get in front of this food crisis and determine what can be done to ensure that families and individuals have the basic necessity of life: nutrition. We are experiencing growing numbers of people seeking food, engulfed families and individuals caught in the bind of a faltering economy, rising unemployment, and soaring fuel and food prices.

Our experience reflects a national problem. More and more, we are seeing troubling signs that people are having difficulty in obtaining enough food. They are the victims of a perfect storm: inflation, surplus food shortages, a recession, rising unemployment, climbing gas prices, and home foreclosures. These factors are forcing people to choose between spending their money on rent, gas, prescription medications, or food. For them, purchasing enough food to survive is a daily challenge.

What's New

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has recently updated and posted new papers on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These links contain useful information on the program and the role it plays at both national and state level.

Get Involved

Take a stand against hunger and let your elected officials know your views on hunger relief issues and topics impacting low-income individuals/families. Educate yourself and those you interface with on the issues related to hunger. Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties can help you become engaged in advocacy and education efforts.

Check out our list of Current Actions

Be Informed

Take Action!

  • Visit our Blog to learn about current actions and other ways to support our mission
  • Receive Nutrition Action Alerts from California Food Policy Advocates
  • Show Your Support Online: Join our groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, and add us on MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, and Youtube. Use the links at the bottom of each page to visit us on these sites.


You can be a voice by advocating for those who are impacted by hunger. Together, we can stamp out hunger!

Cindy McCown
Vice President of Community Engagement and Policy

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is standing up for what you believe in.