June 8, 2021 update: Despite the June 15 economic reopening in California, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley will not be accepting walk-in, community food donations. This policy allows us to continue operating at the highest level of efficiency possible in order to keep up with the demand, which is still double what it was pre-pandemic. Reintroducing the process of accepting, weighing, sorting, transporting and boxing a mix of miscellaneous donations would disrupt the processes we have created that allow us to meet the incredible need we’re responding to. We will update the community if this policy changes.

For these reasons, we are also not reintroducing food collection barrels in the community. Many of our large-chain grocery store partners that have historically hosted in-store barrels are running campaigns to collect monetary donations for our organization and others like it instead.

We deeply appreciate the generosity of our community and kindly ask that anyone who wishes to support the food bank does so through a monetary donation. Through monetary donations we are able to purchase food at bulk prices and ensure we provide a nutritious mix of produce, perishable and shelf-stable food for our clients. Your dollars support local families, students, seniors and essential workers who need our help now more than ever before; a $1 donation helps Second Harvest provide enough food for two meals.

*Please consider donating funds to help purchase the foods we most need. If you already have food you would like to donate, please contact our donor relations team at donorrelations@shfb.org or 866-234-3663 to be referred to partners of ours.

Ways to donate food

Walk-in, community donations

To maintain social distancing standards and operate at the highest level of efficiency, we are not accepting community food donations, including food drives and turkeys. You can still help fill this virtual barrel!

Fill the barrel

Large-scale food donations

Local companies can save money and reduce waste while helping the community. We receive millions of pounds of food from local businesses, which help us feed kids, families and seniors every month.

Large-scale food

Grocery rescue donations

We coordinate scheduled donation pickups with local grocery retailers so food close to its expiration date can be used to feed our hungry neighbors instead of going to waste.

Grocery rescue