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Society of St. Vincent de Paul

One client of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) of San Mateo County recently reflected, "Bless you all for what you do for all in need. I really appreciate your help so that I was able to get some food in my refrigerator. If you didn't help I don't know what I would have done."

For many years, SVdP and Second Harvest Food Bank have established a significant partnership bound by the common goal of feeding the hungry. Annually, SVdP distributes over 435,000 pounds of food it receives from Second Harvest Food Bank to hungry families and individuals throughout San Mateo County. Wholesome items, such as fresh produce and whole-grain breads, coupled with food staples not only help to alleviate hunger, but also provide nutritional benefits which many lack. Because of this long-standing relationship, Second Harvest Food Bank is helping to make a difference in the lives of those who SVdP serves.

Since 1931, SVdP in San Mateo County has worked to improve the quality of life for the poor, including the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, those who are hungry, and those who are in danger due to the effects of poverty. Once all other resources are eliminated, SVdP becomes the safety net of San Mateo County. SVdP does this by providing emergency rental and utility payments, food and shelter vouchers, and basic survival necessities to working poor families and individuals, those who call the streets home, the unemployed, and seniors who are living on fixed incomes.