Second Harvest partners with incorporated, non-profit agencies that serve at least 70% low-income people. Our Partners serve a culturally-diverse range of populations and include soup kitchens, pantries, rehabilitation centers, shelters for victims of domestic violence, schools, senior centers, and more.
Unlike most other food banks around the country, we do not charge our agencies a fee to receive food from us. While this increases the amount of money that we need to raise annually, we feel it is another way we can support our partner agencies, who are often small non-profits with limited budgets and fundraising capabilities. By providing food to our Partner Agencies, they can focus their time and resources on their areas of expertise, strengthening the community safety net.
Learn more about our Food Assistance Program (FAP) that supplies food to our nearly 330 Partner Agencies in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Four volunteers in 1987 started serving a weekly breakfast for the low-income Half Moon Bay community. They thought it would last 6 months, not 25 years! If not for Senior Coastsiders' gift of space to prepare and serve the meal and for Second Harvest's gift of ingredients, we would never be able to continue the breakfast and feed nearly 250 people each week. We utilize the food from Second Harvest — usually potatoes, eggs, canned corn, and fresh produce — as well as day-old pastries from bakeries to prepare the feast. One local restaurant helps us with the potatoes by peeling, slicing, and baking them for us free of charge.