When the shelter-in-place order was announced, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley’s Food Connection Hotline saw an astronomical spike in traffic—there was an almost 615% increase in the number of calls received—and some of those callers, unable to leave their homes, were reaching out to see if we made deliveries.
Since March, Second Harvest has been working closely with some of our community partners to expand our delivery program. People who are homebound due to high-risk and unable to get anyone to pick up for them can have groceries delivered twice a month through our services.
One of the people who has been enjoying groceries delivered from Second Harvest is Liying, a senior in Saratoga. Before the pandemic, a staff member at her senior living facility would pick up food from a local distribution for a few homebound residents, but now anyone unable to travel to one of our sites can receive boxes of nutritious food on their doorstep. This program means Liying and her neighbors can stay safe.