Who We Are
Based in Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation. Currently providing food to more than one quarter of a million people every month, Second Harvest is a trusted community-based organization that was founded in 1974. Despite the immense wealth in Silicon Valley, and partly due to the high cost of living, hunger and malnutrition are pervasive. The Food Bank distributes nutritious food, including more fresh produce than any other food bank in the country, through a network of more than 320 nonprofit partners at more than 850 sites. Second Harvest is pursuing innovative efforts to increase access to food resources as it seeks to feed an additional 100,000 hungry people each month. To reach more people, it connects those in need to federal nutrition programs and other food resources.
What We Do
In fiscal year 2016 (July 2015 - June 2016), we distributed more than one million pounds of nutritious food each week to low-income people in need in every zip code of our service area from South San Francisco to Gilroy, and from the ocean to the bay.
We provide food efficiently through our innovative direct-service programs (see below) and by collaborating with a network of over 320 partner non-profit agencies operating at 850 different food distribution sites. Partner agencies include shelters, pantries, soup kitchens, children's programs, senior meal sites, and residential programs.
Throughout the fiscal year, volunteers contributed over 310,000 hours of service, which saved us $6.6 million in equivalent personnel costs.
Who We Serve
During the fiscal year, we served more than one quarter of a million people per month. The majority of people we serve are seniors and low-income families with children.
Food Bank Programs
Second Harvest operates direct service programs for seniors, families with children, and individuals:
- Family Harvest provides monthly food assistance to low-income families with children.
- Brown Bag provides weekly food assistance to low-income seniors.
- Kids NOW (Nutrition on Weekends) provides children ages 6-18 with an assortment of food items to take home every Friday.
- Produce Mobile delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income households with limited access to community markets.
We also help individuals find food assistance programs, learn about proper nutrition, and gain access to resources available to them:
- Food Connection Hotline connects callers to multilingual operators who refer them to local food assistance programs.
- Nutrition Education provides nutrition, health, and food safety workshops to agencies and clients.
- Food Stamp Outreach helps eligible households apply for food stamps and receive benefits within days.