36,647,190 meals provided so far in 2018

About Us

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About Us

Bringing healthy food to Santa Clara and San Mateo counties

Our work is about all of us joining together to make sure we all have access to the most basic need: food. Founded in 1974, Second Harvest is one of the largest food banks in the nation. We provide food to more than a quarter of a million people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties every month. More than half the people we serve are kids and seniors.

We distribute healthy food, including more fresh produce than almost any other food bank in the country, through a network of 309 nonprofit partners at 985 sites. To reach more people, we connect those in need to federal nutrition programs and other food resources.

Our mission:

Lead our community to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one.

A brief history

The Food Bank, Inc. of Santa Clara County was formed in 1974 by Economic and Social Opportunities, and incorporated as a nonprofit agency in 1979. In 1988, the San Mateo County Food Bank merged with The Food Bank, Inc. of Santa Clara County to become Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

In 1992, Second Harvest Food Bank moved into a new 65,000-square-foot warehouse in San Jose that is now Curtner Center. In 1996, the Food Bank’s Peninsula Distribution Center (Bing Center) began serving San Mateo County in a newly renovated 22,000-square-foot warehouse in San Carlos. In 2012, Second Harvest opened Cypress Center in north San Jose, doubling its operations and providing a dedicated produce distribution facility.

Team and board

Meet our team and board of directors. We believe we are all one community and that it matters to give.

Meet our team

Feeding America

Second Harvest Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization.

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Governance and financial info

We are a private nonprofit organization.
See our financial statements.