Mission & History

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Our Mission:

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

What We Do:

Based in Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation. Our service area stretches from Daly City to Gilroy and from the ocean to the bay.

From July 2016 through June 2017, we provided food to more than one quarter of a million individuals each month, making us the single largest non-profit provider of food to low-income people in our service area. More than half the people we serve are children and seniors.

In that period, we provided more than one million pounds of nutritious food each week to those in need through our direct distribution programs and our network of 300 partner nonprofit agencies at 905 sites. Half of the food we distribute is fresh produce. We provide more fresh produce than almost any other food bank in the country.

To help ensure that those who need food have access to it, we operate a multilingual toll-free hotline where we connect callers with food programs in their neighborhood.

To reach more people, we connect those in need to federal nutrition programs and other food resources.

We are a certified member of Feeding America (formerly known as America's Second Harvest), a network of food banks and food distribution programs in the United States. This membership allows Second Harvest Food Bank to cooperate with other member food banks, to receive food from national corporate food donors, and to benefit from national publicity and mutual support.

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Brief History:

The Food Bank, Inc. of Santa Clara County was formed in 1974 by Economic and Social Opportunities, and incorporated as a non-profit 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 which serves as its main food distribution center. In June of 1995, the Peninsula Distribution Center began serving San Mateo County in a newly renovated 22,000 square foot warehouse in San Carlos.


Non-Discrimination Policy

All persons seeking access to services, employment, volunteer work or membership on a committee or governing body of Second Harvest Food Bank will be accorded equal treatment, regardless of age (except as provided by law), ancestry, color, creed, disabled veteran, marital status, national origin, qualified disabled individual, race, religion, sex (except as provided by law), sexual orientation, or veteran of the Vietnam War.