Shelter Network has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank since their first shelter opened over 20 years ago. Second Harvest provides a variety of grocery items, fresh fruits, and nutritional foodstuffs for the shelters' food pantries. Shelter Network clients are able to "shop" (free of charge) on-site for the foods they need for themselves and their families. The Food Assistance Program also serves nutritious snack and meal items to children ages 18 months to five years at Shelter Network's on-site Child Development Centers. These services are critical to promoting children’s healthy development and nutritious eating habits.
Additionally, Second Harvest partners with Shelter Network by sending staff nutritionists to the shelters to provide on-site classes regarding food budgeting, creative meal preparations, nutritious meal planning, and other health-related topics. Our staff also assists Shelter Network with ensuring that the agency maintains safe food storage and handling practices.
"Our long-term partnership with Shelter Network allows the Food Bank to provide stability to families struggling with homelessness," says Susan Takalo, Director of Programs and Services. "By providing regular food to families in their shelters, those families can work to find permanent housing without worrying about feeding their children."
Shelter Network is the largest non-profit provider of homeless services on the Peninsula. Their mission is to provide housing and support services that create opportunities for homeless families and individuals to re-establish self-sufficiency and to return to permanent homes of their own. Last year, Shelter Network served over 4,100 homeless individuals in San Mateo County – including 1,700 children – and provided more than 166,000 nights of shelter.
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