Everyone Deserves Access to Healthy Food
A record number of kids, families and seniors rely on Second Harvest for food every month, and the number is growing. It’s hard to imagine the pain of not being able to feed your family, or going to school on an empty stomach. But the reality is more than 1 in 4 people is at risk of hunger in Silicon Valley.
The booming economy has sent the cost of housing soaring, leaving many families and seniors with little left over for food. It’s what we call the Silicon Valley hunger paradox — as the economy grows, so does the number of people who need food. Even those we depend on to make our community run can’t afford to pay for housing and put nutritious food on the table — cooks, cashiers, health care workers and teachers.
1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties receives assistance from Second Harvest.
That doesn’t bode well for our community because nutritious food is the foundation for a healthy, productive life. Without it, we can’t fully engage in our lives.
The good news is Second Harvest Food Bank is poised to tackle the hunger problem in Silicon Valley. We’re enhancing our operations while exploring new and innovative ways to connect more people to food. We’re growing the number of school pantries and distribution sites, and creating new partnerships, so people can access free healthy food right in their neighborhoods. We believe everyone should be able to get the nutritious food they need to thrive.
You can create real change for families who need a little help putting food on the table. Find out how.