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My name is Maxine, and I'm one of a proud group of volunteers at the Macedonia Food Pantry in San Mateo. The Food Bank honored our efforts for increasing the amount of fresh produce we distribute through the Produce Mobile with an award recently. We were so surprised and humbled to get the award! We also received valuable information about how to better serve our clients and how to ensure the products they receive are fresh and properly handled before delivery.

We first partnered with the Food Bank in March 2005, and what a wonderful partnership it's been. Since last year, we've increased the amount of produce by more than 350 percent. We have a weekly delivery to keep up the pace with the increase in need we've seen over the last 5 years (we have grown from 12 weekly clients to over 100). Even though we operate out of a tiny church, in the words of our friends at the Food Bank, we’re "small but mighty."

Second Harvest Food Bank has made so many of our dreams come true, and they have given us support in any way they can. We have been blessed to bless others, by keeping the church doors open for the community to come in and find help in time of financial hardship. Thanksgiving and Christmas are special times for our clients and their families, as we are able to provide special food baskets for complete holiday dinners. Dedication and faith are what keep us going after every head of cabbage and every bag of onions makes its way to the tables of those in need. Everyone is welcome at our table, and thanks to Second Harvest, we have a bounty of nutritious food to keep our neighbors nourished physically and spiritually.