Advocating for System Change


Second Harvest educates policymakers and stakeholders about the importance of strong programs and collaboration in addressing hunger and related health issues. We work with a range of local, state and national organizations to advocate for legislation and policy changes that address client barriers, strengthen and improve the effectiveness of food and nutrition programs, and create systems change to end hunger.

Advocacy for Effective Policies and System Change to End Hunger

Read about our current policy agenda.

Convening Community Partners:
Second Harvest is a key community partner in strengthening city, county and state responses to hunger.

  • Child Nutrition Coalition: Founded by Second Harvest, the Child Nutrition Coalition brings together decision-makers from 50 organizations involved in ensuring children get the nutrition they need at school and during the summer through federal nutrition programs. Our participants include social service policymakers, school districts, school nutrition directors and other nonprofits. The Coalition shares best practices and breaks down the barriers to utilizing federal programs to feed children.
  • Children’s Health Improvement: Second Harvest leads the Food Insecurity Priority in Santa Clara County’s Children’s Health Improvement initiative.
  • Safety Net: Second Harvest chairs the Santa Clara County Safety Net Committee, bringing together all safety-net service providers, including government and nonprofits.
  • End Hunger Workgroup: Second Harvest is a key participant in San Mateo’s End Hunger Workgroup
  • Thrive: Second Harvest collaborates with this collective of San Mateo County nonprofits to ensure hunger is considered in all initiatives.

Second Harvest also collaborates with a number of other organizations that help us amplify our voice in favor of policy and systems changes. Explore these pages to take action on issues related to hunger: