Special Blog Post By: Nathan, volunteer
My name is Nathan and I am a senior at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose. Volunteering and helping others runs in my family. My sister, Tracy, works for Second Harvest Food Bank and helped me get started volunteering at events and food distribution sites. For the past three years I have volunteered for the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot with the Evergreen Valley High School Key Club. The Turkey Trot is a great Thanksgiving Day event where families run or walk together while raising money for nonprofit organizations in our area, including Second Harvest Food Bank. The Key Club really enjoys volunteering for this fun event that brings out so many people in the community for a good cause. I have usually helped out in the registration area, directing people to the correct locations to sign in. I really enjoy doing this because I get to talk with a lot of people and it is a hands-on job.
The Key Club also volunteers monthly at food distribution sites and I go as often as I can. We have helped distribute food at both the Eastside Neighborhood Center of Catholic Charities and the Washington United Youth Center. Volunteering with Second Harvest has been a great experience and the projects and coordination are so consistent. I really enjoy seeing the happy faces of people when they come through to get food. I know there are people less fortunate than myself and I like being able to assist them in any way I can. It is fun working with my friends in Key Club to make a real difference in the lives of other people, particularly other kids just like me who may not have enough to eat. I hope other students understand that they can make a difference by volunteering their time to help others and that feeding hungry people is important work.
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Special Blog Post By: David, a client of Second Harvest
My name is David. If it weren’t for Second Harvest Food Bank and the meals I get at Martha’s Kitchen in San Jose, life would be harder than it already is. I’ve been homeless for six years. I’m doing good, but I wish I was employed. I’ve spent a lot of time at local library computers sending out resumes. I have many years of experience as a machinist and engineering tech, but I still haven’t been able to get a job. I’m even taking courses to help keep my computer skills sharp.
The food at the soup kitchen is nutritious and prepared with loving hands. Sometimes it’s hard to believe how many volunteers come here to serve us. They are friendly and kind. I eat everything on my plate, and I eat it gratefully. What breaks my heart most is to see children go hungry. I wonder what so many of our kids would do without the generosity of the Food Bank and donors like you.
I just want you to know how much I appreciate your kindness. I don’t know how long I’ll remain in my present economic condition. I’m still floating around, but I’m not giving up. I’m looking forward to a better day.
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