Food is purchased by Second Harvest or donated by grocery stores, food manufacturers and distributors. This food, millions of pounds a month, is collected and sorted at one of our four warehouse locations. It is then distributed to our community through a network of over 300 partners across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties at over 900 sites.
Unlike most other food banks around the country, we don’t charge our partners a fee to receive the food. While this increases the amount of money we need to raise annually, we see it as another way to support our community. Many of our partners are small non-profits with limited budgets and fundraising capabilities. Through Second Harvest providing free food, they can focus their time and resources on their areas of expertise.
Learn more about how Second Harvest works.
Learn more about our partners.