Building a hunger-free community

Second Harvest is committed to doing whatever it takes to build a hunger-free community. That means distributing nutritious food to nearly every neighborhood in Silicon Valley, leveraging every available food resource, and collaborating with organizations and people who share our belief that hunger is unacceptable. Nutritious food is the foundation for a healthy, productive life.

Learn how we are working to ensure that we all have the nutritious food we need to fully engage in our lives.

Building a hunger-free community

Second Harvest is committed to doing whatever it takes to build a hunger-free community. That means distributing nutritious food to nearly every neighborhood in Silicon Valley, leveraging every available food resource, and collaborating with organizations and people who share our belief that hunger is unacceptable. Nutritious food is the foundation for a healthy, productive life.

Learn how we are working to ensure that we all have the nutritious food we need to fully engage in our lives.

No one should ever go hungry

At Second Harvest, we believe hunger is unacceptable. We provide food to an average of 500,000 kids, families and seniors every month at drive-thru and walk-up sites across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties through our programs and an expansive network of over 300 nonprofit partners.

Learn more about how we meet the need

No one should ever go hungry

At Second Harvest, we believe hunger is unacceptable. We provide food to an average of 500,000 kids, families and seniors every month at drive-thru and walk-up sites across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties through our programs and an expansive network of over 300 nonprofit partners.

Learn more about how we meet the need

Some of the ways we work to ensure that everyone in our community has the nutritious food they need:

Our grocery programs provide free nutritious groceries and fresh produce to our neighbors who can’t afford healthy food. Volunteers distribute the food while adhering to social distancing protocols.

Food Connection helps people find free groceries and other food resources in their neighborhood. Multilingual staff provide referrals to local food programs and help people apply for CalFresh.

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Our partner agencies program provides food to more than 300 nonprofit agencies in Silicon Valley. These include faith-based organizations, schools, senior centers, community groups, soup kitchens, rehabilitation centers and shelters.

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Schools provide kids and teens with nutritious breakfasts and lunches which are vitally important for students’ health and wellbeing. We work with local school districts and community organizations to maximize participation in these programs.

During the summer, kids and teens lose access to school meals. We lead local efforts to increase the number of summer meal sites and make sure families know about them.

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In partnership with Santa Clara and San Mateo county social services agencies, we help applicants enroll in the CalFresh program. The program provides an EBT benefits card for use at participating grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

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We work with local, state, and national organizations to advocate for legislation and policy improvements that strengthen the impact of food assistance programs and create systemic change to address the root causes of hunger.

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We provide nutrition education through cooking demos, recipe cards, nutrition classes and food-safety training.

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We host a variety of events throughout the year to engage, strengthen and celebrate our community supporters.

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