My name is Jorge, and I work at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (or AACI). Our Asian Women's Home is the only emergency shelter-based program focusing on assisting underserved Asian victims of abuse in Santa Clara County. For more than a decade, Second Harvest Food Bank has partnered with us to provide food for women and children who are fleeing from abusive relationships. I can't tell you how meaningful it is to these families who are working hard to rebuild their lives, to get vital food staples needed during a time of crisis. Your gifts help them on their path to lead more stable, independent lives.
We also partner with Second Harvest in their goal to provide nutritious snacks to hundreds of youth each year in the RYSE program (Resilient Youth Striving for Excellence). It's a year-round afterschool program that provides recreational activities, along with a multi-cultural curriculum taught through the arts, workshops and field trips to develop leadership skills. We all know that no matter how inspiring these incentives can be, nothing motivates young people to participate better than food! Your gifts provide nutritious snacks like granola bars, almonds, and fruit snacks to keep their bellies full and their energy high.
Just the other day, our partnership provided food for a mother whose son was recently a victim of a gang homicide. She was overwhelmed with grief, funeral expenses, and worried about how she was going to put food on the table for her family. Thanks to our staff and food from Second Harvest, she was able to feed herself and her other son while focusing on the grieving process with dignity. You helped provide this dignity through your donations. You made a big difference in the life of a neighbor, when needed most. On behalf of the thousands of our neighbors we helped together last year at AACI, thank you.