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Who We Are

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. Currently providing food to more than one quarter of a million people every month, Second Harvest is a trusted community-based organization that was founded in 1974. Despite the immense wealth in Silicon Valley, and partly due to the high cost of living, hunger and malnutrition are pervasive. The Food Bank distributes nutritious food, including more fresh produce than almost any other food bank in the country, through a network of 300 nonprofit partners at 905 sites. Second Harvest is pursuing innovative efforts to increase access to food resources as it seeks to feed an additional 100,000 hungry people each month. To reach more people, it connects those in need to federal nutrition programs and other food resources.

What We Do

In fiscal year 2017 (July 2016 - June 2017), we distributed more than one million pounds of nutritious food each week to low-income people in need in every zip code of our service area from Daly City to Gilroy, and from the ocean to the bay.

We provide food efficiently through our innovative direct-service programs (see below) and by collaborating with a network of 300 partner non-profit agencies operating at 905 different food distribution sites. Partner agencies include shelters, pantries, soup kitchens, children's programs, senior meal sites, and residential programs.

Throughout the fiscal year, volunteers contributed more than 338,000 hours of service valued at nearly $7.1 million, the equivalent of 163 full-time employees.

Who We Serve

During the fiscal year, we served more than one quarter of a million people per month. More than half the people we serve are seniors and children.

Food Bank Programs

Second Harvest operates direct service programs for seniors, families with children, and individuals:

  • Family Harvest provides monthly food assistance to low-income families with children.
  • Brown Bag provides weekly food assistance to low-income seniors.
  • Kids NOW (Nutrition on Weekends) provides children ages 6-18 with an assortment of food items to take home every Friday.
  • Produce Mobile delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income households with limited access to community markets.

We also help individuals find food assistance programs, learn about proper nutrition, and gain access to resources available to them:

  • Food Connection Hotline connects callers to multilingual operators who refer them to local food assistance programs.
  • Nutrition Education provides nutrition, health, and food safety workshops to agencies and clients.
  • Food Stamp Outreach helps eligible households apply for food stamps and receive benefits within days.