Help provide access to food that families can count on

Second Harvest is now serving an average of 450,000 people every month, an 80% increase over pre-pandemic levels.







Susan and Kaylee are clients from San Jose.


Susan was working part-time in advertising while also juggling her coursework for nursing school, earning just enough to make ends meet in her multigenerational family, when the pandemic hit and she lost her job.

Susan shares a one-bedroom apartment in San Jose with her mother Maria, her stepfather Martin, her 12-year-old daughter Kaylee and her 5-year-old son Pedsun. Martin, who works in landscaping, is the only member of the household earning a steady income

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Andy is a client, volunteer, father and proud veteran who is dedicated to connecting other veterans to food assistance. He served 12 years in the military and is especially proud of running San Francisco’s Fleet Week after returning to the Bay Area as a military recruiter.

Last year, Andy was studying sociology while also working in veterans’ services at Cañada College; he really appreciated having the chance to connect people to free groceries and other assistance programs. Unfortunately, Andy lost his job at the college when the pandemic hit. His role as a youth football coach has also been impacted, though he is maintaining his close connection with his athletes.

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Norma, Second Harvest Client, with her family


Stability would be a welcome gift to many of our clients during this pandemic. For Norma and her family, they have experienced challenges, setbacks and financial obstacles that have motivated them to pursue unique solutions in order to survive the COVID-19 crisis.

Norma’s husband is a day laborer, but before the pandemic he was a carpenter’s assistant who built homes. Now he’s out of the house for 12-hour days looking for work as a gardener, but too often he can’t find anything. As a former seamstress, Norma has been able to sell homemade masks that she and her girls make, but it brings in nowhere near enough money to replace the income they’ve lost due to the pandemic.

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Jaime worked as a plumber for six years before he was furloughed last April and had to move back in with his parents. Yet despite his frustrating circumstances, Jaime speaks with enthusiasm and a never-ending smile as he explains that life is now about family and coming together.

The Bay Area’s high cost of living is challenging. Jaime’s mother and father are both retired and the family is struggling with rent. Despite getting food from Second Harvest and collecting unemployment benefits, the family is barely managing to pay rent and bills on time.

Still, Jaime tries to take care of his family and others. He brings food to his aunties and uncles, including fish caught by his father, and reaches out to his friends and family members who live alone. To Jaime, staying positive and looking out for your neighbors is essential.



Our partner agency, Recovery Café, dedicates its efforts to creating a welcoming and nurturing environment for those who have been traumatized by addiction, homelessness and mental health issues.

Recovery Café Nutrition Program Coordinator Tadashi Oguchi regularly picks up produce and products from our Second Harvest of Silicon Valley warehouse and works with our nutrition department to offer a series of classes on topics related to cooking, nutrition and mindful eating. This partnership allows him to create nutritious meals and to provide training to members to develop skills that will help them boost their confidence in the kitchen.

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AAPI Heritage Month


May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and we’re highlighting stories of resilience, togetherness and community from our AAPI community. Our goal is to celebrate and advocate for our AAPI community, not just this month but year-round. Second Harvest remains committed to bringing nutritious food to anyone who needs it.

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We received 92,843 pounds of oranges from Village Harvest this spring. They were sourced from Moitizo Orchards, a 14-acre farm in San Jose. That is about 2.5 truckloads full of fruit that went into our produce boxes for our clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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We rely on volunteers to meet the need


“Sorting and boxing produce means I have muscles now that I never had before! Volunteering is a rewarding way to make a difference in the community.”

– Martha, volunteer

“When I come out here every day, whether it’s for the volunteers or even those coming to get the food, it’s to help spread positivity, put a smile on people’s faces and just make a difference and a positive impact in their day.”

– Jordan, volunteer


I get excited when my mom gets the food. Sometimes with the chicken, she makes molé. For special occasions, like birthdays.

– Martin, Redwood City

We are now serving
143,000 KIDS
on average every month.

We help schools, libraries and camps leverage federal dollars and provide infrastructure like meal carts so they can serve more kids during the summer months. This enabled the delivery of more than 650,000 meals last summer.

“These meals make me strong like my favorite superhero, Wonder Woman. I like being strong.”

– Isela


We are so thankful that we heard about this [service] because now we don’t have to worry about food anymore.

– Lázaro, Mountain View

We launched
providing pre-boxed food.

“[When I first came to get food] Oh, I said, “Oh my God, are you kidding?” It was very good. They give you three or four boxes of things. And they’re not always the same. So, they change it up.”

– Richard, Milpitas

“The pandemic has affected me as I lost my job, and I have seen that many people got sick and I’m afraid of getting sick as well as afraid of my family getting sick.”

– Jesús, Redwood City


The hardworking staff and volunteers of Second Harvest have made us homebound seniors feel grateful and joyful.

– Liying, home delivery client, Saratoga

We distribute food through more than
to reach people in nearly every corner of Silicon Valley, from Daly City to Gilroy.

“I’m on a fixed income. Sometimes I run out of food, so I go to the distribution on campus and the food I get there helps me.”

– Sheba

“All I have done is work hard and help the community as much as I can. And now the community is helping me.”

– Natalio


Because of the coronavirus, I didn’t want to go anywhere. I was scared to even take a step outside.

– Ernesto, San Jose

Our home delivery program serves more than
on average every month.

“[The most challenging aspect of home delivery is] the sense that the need is growing and not shrinking. You’d love to find out that the sweet lady who waved at you from her window last week is okay now and doesn’t need the food. But we’re delivering to her house again.

– True, home delivery volunteer with Team Rubicon

“[Speaking with clients] is like speaking to my grandma. I love connecting with them and letting them know it’s not just about adding them to a list… I like to make sure they know that we care.”

– Suleyma, Regional Program Coordinator, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley


Natasha needed help when she left an abusive relationship with her husband, taking her children, 16-year-old Tyler and 6-year-old Kai, with her. They left their home with nothing.

Soon she was connected to Second Harvest, and was able to get fresh fruits and vegetables for her family. They were also able to move into a shelter operated by LifeMoves, one of Second Harvest’s partner agencies.

A year later, Natasha’s family lives in a townhouse in San Jose and she works as an accountant at a local children’s hospital. Natasha is able to focus on healing and providing for her boys. She shared:

“I couldn’t have done everything I had to do in the past year without nutritious food.”

A typical client receives
$250 WORTH
of free groceries every month from a Second Harvest distribution, freeing up dollars that can be used to pay for housing and other basic necessities.

When Rebekah’s son was born premature and with low blood sugar, she knew he would need plenty of nutritious food to grow up healthy and strong. She shared:

“It’s helpful because it’s expensive to eat healthy otherwise. This just helps tremendously. It’s a big, heavy weight lifted.”