Second Harvest Food Bank

of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

How Volunteering Made a Difference in FY 2010

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Volunteering is...accomplishing our mission and creating community.

Volunteers are an invaluable resource, helping us achieve our mission through a variety of ways:

  • Food sorting, inventory, and agency relations assistance in our warehouses
  • Education & outreach through our Nutrition Resource Center and Speaker's Bureau
  • Food distribution at our partner agency sites
  • Administrative, professional, and technical support in our offices

The community food sort volunteers deserve special recognition for this year's efforts. Record-brekaing participation resulted in volunteers handling more than a third of all of the food distributed into the community. These dedicated individuals roll up their sleeves and sort through bins of produce, inspecting for freshness and quality before placing them in packaging for immediate distribution.

Volunteering makes such a positive difference for people in every walk of life: the professional who just lost his job and has extra time on his hands, the widow who doesn't want to be alone at home, the parents who have sent their last child off to college and are facing an "empty nest," and the student who continues to volunteer well after completing her required hours for school.

It feels good to give back. Our volunteers come together to strengthen our community. Because of our shared dedication to feeding our neighbors in need, lives are being changed every day.

Learn more about volunteering in our Volunteer section.

View our 2011-2012 Annual Report for all the great stories from the past year.

View single page PDF

A unique volunteer accomplishment during FY 2010 was the packaging of the federal stimulus food boxes.

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