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It will take months, if not years, for our clients to recover from this crisis. Even when they don’t know what to expect next, our clients know they can count on us for food, every month. Thank you for helping our community rebuild.
Our buying power means we can stretch the dollars you donate to buy more food for the 450,000 people who rely on groceries from Second Harvest every month.
The cost of living remains one of the most difficult aspects of living in Silicon Valley– you and your family don’t have to choose between paying bills or eating healthy food. Second Harvest offers a number of free food resources.
Looking for free groceries or a prepared meal? Use the food locator tool to search your area
CalFresh can be used to buy groceries and fresh produce at participating stores and farmers’ markets
Find nutrition education resources and recipes to cook nourishing meals
Our mission is to lead our community to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one. Our volunteers, donors and supporters help us provide food to families, multi-generational households, seniors and college students. We offer more than just nourishment, we are helping people in our own community feel a little more secure and find joy in the pleasure of cooking and sharing a meal with loved ones.
People served every month, an 80% increase over pre-pandemic levels
Partners at +900 sites are working with us to help distribute food
Households served every month through home delivery
Worth of free groceries are distributed monthly to clients who attend weekly
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Ana and Oscar’s Story – The Long Term Effects Food Insecurity Has On Families
After Oscar lost his job in April 2020, their savings was completely depleted within eight months, used as a lifeline to pay for rent, utilities and food.
Freddy & Jeremy – A Father and Son Duo With a Deep Bond
Freddy came to the United States five years ago from El Salvador with his 4-year-old son and the child’s mother. They settled in Daly City.
Now, Freddy is a single dad raising his 9-year-old, Jeremy. They live in a two-bedroom apartment with another family, and they are all regular clients of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley.
Freddy works in construction, and his contract work has him travelling all over the Bay Area at different times every week. He did not lose his job during the pandemic, but his hours were greatly reduced. His savings are now completely gone.
Chickens and Turkeys for the Holidays
Our staff have been working really hard this year to secure whole chickens and turkeys at a discounted rate in order to give them away for free to our clients. And now that we are serving 450,000 people on average every month, the work of providing the ingredients for a special holiday meal for our clients is even more complex.
Diabetes Management Through the Lens of our Community Nutrition Work
Here at Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, we know there’s not just one way to prevent or manage diabetes. Having healthy eating habits, exercising, reducing stress and practicing mindfulness are all cornerstones for management and prevention.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Enters Critical Holiday Giving Season with a Funding Deficit
Donations are down, but need remains high as many local families struggle to recover from the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.
Fletcher’s Story – “I’m Always Feeding People”
Fletcher, 61, has been married to his wife Kesoan for almost 20 years. They live in a 44-unit apartment complex in San Mateo. He first started getting free groceries from Second Harvest of Silicon Valley when he started running out of food at the beginning of the pandemic.
Second Harvest Adds Four New Board Members
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley has elected four new board members who bring a diverse set of skills and backgrounds to the food bank as it continues to face unprecedented need. The pandemic has created new challenges as a record number of people have turned to Second Harvest for food.
“She never forgot the generous few who gave her food when she was starving,”
East San Jose Cultural Center Transforms Vibrant Community Hub Into Free Grocery Distribution Site
As scores of community members were put out of work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, SoAC pivoted to transform its cultural center into a drive-thru distribution site to offer free nutritious groceries, in partnership with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley.
One of the Last Surviving Orchards in Silicon Valley Donates 92,843 Pounds of Oranges
Celebrating Stories This Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Recovery Café, a Place Where Love and Nutritious Food Abound
Recovery Café Nutrition Program Coordinator Tadashi Oguchi regularly picks up produce and products from our Second Harvest of Silicon Valley warehouse and works with our nutrition department to offer a series of classes on topics related to cooking, nutrition and mindful eating. This partnership allows him to create nutritious meals and to provide training to members to develop skills that will help them boost their confidence in the kitchen.
Survey Reveals the Vulnerability and Resilience of Silicon Valley Residents Impacted by the Pandemic
In a random sample of 6,000 households receiving free groceries during the pandemic at Second Harvest’s distributions in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, respondents revealed the depth of impact the economic downturn has had on low-income households and that the financial implications of the crisis are far from over.
Colette, A Peruvian Single Mother with Dreams of a Better Future
Colette Castillo arrived to the Bay Area in the early 2000s from her native Lima, Peru with two young children, a modest amount of luggage and a heart full of dreams, characteristic of those who leave everything behind in hopes of a better future. In the beginning the culture shock was overwhelming, but she quickly began to make friends who provided a great support network, the comfort of welcoming smiles and a place around the table.
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