Food Donor Spotlight: UNFI

UNFI is the leading national distributor of natural and organic foods and the company donates food to Second Harvest Food Bank two times per week. The Food Bank receives an astounding variety of wholesome food, including fresh eggs, milk, yogurt, cereal, snacks, frozen entrees and other assorted food products. This year UNFI’s total food donations are the equivalent of over 400,000 nutritious meals!  This unbelievable amount of healthy food goes a long way to help the Food Bank serve more than 1 million meals per week to our community.

A Second Harvest truck awaiting donations at UNFI's loading dock.

Crystal Brennan, General Manager UNFI Gilroy, answered our questions about UNFI and its support of our work to end local hunger.

Please tell us a little bit about UNFI and your recently opened distribution center in Gilroy.

UNFI is a company of pioneers who Move Food Forward. We are the largest organic and natural foods distributor in North America, every day delivering new choices that shape the foodscape. This year, we’re proudly celebrating our 40th anniversary.  Our new LEED® Gold designed, state-of-the-art distribution center in Gilroy is 452,000 square feet and can expand to over 800,000 square feet.

What compels UNFI to give back to the community by donating food?

We do what’s right. And, we believe that companies should contribute positively to the community. Be a good neighbor. It’s who are, and part of what makes us so successful at what we do and why we have fun doing it.

Refrigerated product to be donated to the Food Bank.

Why is UNFI taking a stand against hunger?

The people who founded UNFI did so because everyone deserves access to healthy, sustainable food. For 40 years, we’ve lived our mission – bringing more healthy food options to more people. Our scale gives us the ability to positively impact lives and make a difference in Gilroy and in our other 33 communities across the country. And, our associates love being involved in giving back.

Can you speak to the partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank and UNFI and why it’s important to your company?

The relationship with Second Harvest is very important because we believe everyone deserves access to healthier food options. We’re here to connect food to people – and do the right thing.

UNFI staff loading the Second Harvest truck with food donations.

Do you have anything else to add regarding UNFI’s commitment to end local hunger?

UNFI Gilroy is forming a Helping Hands Committee, a group of associates dedicated to creating meaningful change in the community, who will plan volunteer events to work at the local food pantries, shelters, community gardens, and to clean highways and parks. That is how UNFI Gilroy rolls!

Nutrition Newbie: More Grains to Love

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips.

Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Community Nutrition Manager, and Luiza Naslausky, Nutrition Education Coordinator

We have been getting a lot of questions about the whole wheat pasta that we give to clients and so we decided to share why we LOVE whole wheat pasta and whole grains in general. Who knows? Maybe whole wheat pasta is your new favorite go to dish?!

Here’s why we think whole wheat pasta is an easy, tasty, and healthy option for your family:

EASY: Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add 1 teaspoon of salt and the pasta. Return to a boil and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain. While whole wheat pasta generally takes slightly longer to cook than white pasta (made with white flour), this is not always the case so remember to check the package for instructions! Usually it takes about 12-14 minutes.

TASTY: Whole wheat pasta is packed with a nutty full flavor. Because of this, it’s best with bold sauces like hearty marinara or sesame ginger in a cold pasta salad. An advantage of whole wheat pasta is the presence of the wheat kernel, which retains its essential hardness when the pasta is cooked. Even when overcooked, whole wheat pasta does not get mushy and soft like white pasta. For this reason, whole wheat pasta is a good option for those cooking multiple dishes at the same time and/or who may be distracted while cooking.

HEALTHY: Whole wheat pasta has fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Its nutritional properties aid healthy digestion and keep you full for longer without spiking your blood sugar, like white pasta. In fact, whole wheat pasta typically has twice the fiber of white pasta. Fiber can help reduce blood cholesterol and is important in regulating bowel function. Moreover, the consumption of fiber can help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Whole wheat pasta is a healthy option for consuming grains. According to MyPlate, at least half of all your grains should be whole grains!

It is also important to mention that grains are divided into two groups: whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel ― the bran, germ, and endosperm. Examples of whole grains include whole wheat flour, bulgur, oatmeal and brown rice. In contrast, refined grains have been milled, which removes the bran and germ and consequently the fiber, iron and vitamins in the unprocessed grains. White flour, white bread, and white rice are examples of refined grain products.

Here’s the recipe we’ve been sharing with clients this month that highlights the bold and satisfying flavors of whole wheat pasta with seasonal fresh veggies like carrots and cabbage. Enjoy!

Caramelized Cabbage with Whole-Wheat Penne and Parmesan

6 ounces uncooked whole-wheat penne
2 tablespoons olive/canola oil
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
6 cups sliced green cabbage
2 carrots, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1. Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil. Add pasta; cook 7 to 9 minutes or until al dente. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic to pan; sauté 30 seconds or until beginning to brown. Remove garlic from pan; set aside. Increase heat to medium-high. Add cabbage to pan; cook 6 minutes or until browned and tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in salt, black pepper, and carrots; cook 2 minutes. Stir in pasta, reserved 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, and reserved garlic. Stir in lemon rind and 1/4 of the cheese. Divide pasta mixture among 4 bowls. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 of cheese.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: about 2 cups)

***Catch up on our past Nutrition Newbie posts.

Local Hunger Fighters: Carolyn Alexander

“Local Hunger Fighters” is a series that spotlights our awesome supporters and staff who help raise awareness of hunger in our community and motivate people to get involved.

Local Hunger Fighter: Carolyn Alexander, Director of Operations, Sunnyvale Community Services

How are you helping Second Harvest and our community?
I’m pushing our agency to reduce barriers and make food access easier for our low income Sunnyvale residents. Towards this end, Sunnyvale Community Services (SCS) is now delivering 20,000 pounds of produce and groceries per month to four elementary schools with very high populations of low income families. The families are very appreciative. We’ve even received many handwritten thank you notes. To further assist with ease of access, SCS is now open two Saturdays a month for pantry shopping.

What inspires you to give?
Everyone in this day and age should have a fighting chance to live a healthy, happy life. Healthy food is a cornerstone of a happy life and I simply want to help make that possible for all of my neighbors. It’s just the right thing to do.

Why should people care about hunger in our community?
We should all care about hunger, because a growing number of our neighbors do not have enough money to pay rent and buy healthy food. Food insecurity leads to illness and rising medical costs, poor school performance, crime, and social instability. If we want to continue to call our geographic area a community, we better make sure everyone in our community has enough healthy food to eat and some place to live. It’s pretty simple.

Why do you support Second Harvest?
Second Harvest is an amazing partner for SCS. Not only does Second Harvest supply most of our food, but they support SCS with infrastructure investments, industry knowledge, best practices, and community awareness. Second Harvest employees listen to our input and we work on continuous improvement together. I communicate with someone at Second Harvest daily and it is really an amazing partnership.

***Meet more of your neighbors working to end hunger in our community.

Helping People Access Food with Pride and Dignity

Special Blog Post By: Nicole Martinez, Food Connection Field Manager

In 2009, I graduated from college with a degree in nutrition and was dead set on working in clinical nutrition therapy world. Fate had a different plan and I soon realized how important it is for people to not only nourish their body with healthy food, but to have access to it as well.

I started at the Food Bank as a volunteer in the nutrition department and moved my way up to outreach manager on the Food Connection team. My time at the Food Bank led me away from the clinical realm to a desire to work directly with communities encountering economic and health disparities.

I returned to school and received a Master’s in Public Health. My goal was to expand my knowledge in program planning, evaluation, community organizing, and social justice. Since graduating, I look at my work with the Food Bank in a whole new way. I recognize the social and economic injustices community members encounter more often and work to alleviate those social pressures.

In recent years as an outreach manager, I have managed a fantastic group of Food Connection outreach staff who help serve individuals, families, seniors, and other community partners with free food resources. I work with agency partners who serve diverse populations of ethnic groups in different life situations, from homeless individuals to expectant mothers. I train agency partners and community members to identify those in need and provide access to CalFresh and free food resources.

What I enjoy most is knowing that my work helps people get access to healthy food with pride and dignity. I would be disappointed to see someone walk away with food feeling ashamed and that they have failed in some way. I want the people we serve to know that Food Connection is here to provide compassionate service to people from all walks of life.

During my time here at the Food Bank, I have also become involved with the South County Collaborative. With the Collaborative, I volunteer my time and work alongside other service providers to increase the accessibility, quality, and quantity of health services in Gilroy, San Martin, and Morgan Hill. I was voted in as Vice Chair in 2014 and have continued to promote the mission and goals of both Second Harvest Food Bank and the South County Collaborative.

I want to see the community thrive and prosper in good health with the food they need!

***Need help feeding your family or yourself? Food assistance is available. Contact our Food Connection team.

August Social Media Roundup

Social Media Round-Up” is an ‘ICYMI’ compilation of the top hunger-related news articles and other interesting tidbits posted on our social media profiles.

  • There’s a Hunger Problem in Every County in America – and It’s Solvable, TALKPOVERTY.ORG
  • “For six consecutive years, we’ve conducted a comprehensive study called Map the Meal Gap to improve our understanding of hunger and to fight food insecurity at the local, regional, and national levels. Our most recent analysis shows hunger’s vast reach.”

  • These 4 States Are Doing Something Truly Revolutionary with Food, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
  • “More urgently, there are millions of families who struggle to afford food, while there are mountains of it decaying in the trash. But these states are changing that, using strategies to keep food out of landfills and get it to hungry families.”

  • The Fight to Use Food Stamps Online, TIME.COM
  • “Regardless of one’s political views about food stamps, if we’re going to be spending money making sure people get free food, we need to make sure that they get access to the healthiest food possible…”

    Out in the warehouse we’ve got onions for miles! #fresh #onions

    A photo posted by Second Harvest Food Bank (@2ndharvest) on Aug 11, 2016 at 4:02pm PDT

  • 75 Percent of Americans Say They Eat Healthy – Despite Evidence to the Contrary, NPR.ORG
  • “Are Americans confused about what constitutes a healthy diet? Do they say one thing, but do another? Or perhaps it’s a matter of portion size: We may be choosing foods that are healthy in moderation, but are eating too much of them.”

  • Why This Food Bank is Turning Away Junk Food, CIVILEATS.COM
  • Love this! We recently adopted a new Healthy Food and Beverage Policy that includes focusing grain purchases on low-sugar whole grains and discontinuing the distribution of candy (which has never been purchased by the food bank, only donated).

  • The Vast Majority of Expiration Dates are Bogus- Here’s How Long Your Food is Still Good, BUSINESSINSIDER.COM
  • Things that make you go hmmm

  • A Day in the Life of a Samaritan: Nonprofit Kitchen Manager Ruby Kaho Helps Serve Hundreds with Donated Food, SMDAILYJOURNAL.COM
  • Great article featuring Samaritan House, one of our many awesome partner agencies!

  • Too Rich to be Poor, Too Poor to Get By, NARRATIVE.LY
  • “Millions of American families have incomes just above the federal poverty level—and the cutoff for many benefit programs—but still just barely eke out a living.”

    *** Read our past Social Media Roundups.

    Reporting from the Field: Tometrius Paxton on Medical Clinic Pharm Pantries

    Special Blog Post By: Tometrius Paxton, Partnership Manager, Team Leader

    The Annual Agency Capacity, Programs and Nutrition Learning Conference, hosted by Feeding America, happened last month. This year’s conference had over 500 food bank staff from 35 states! The main purpose of the gathering is to educate fellow food bank staff across the country about programs and best practices that they can immediately implement into their daily practices.

    I was one of three panelists selected to participate in a workshop focused on the diabetic and pre-diabetic patients and providing access to healthier food to help manage their medical condition. I presented a case study about Medical Clinic Pharm Pantries and showed fellow food bankers how to set up a food pharmacy program that promotes healthy foods for a medically vulnerable population.

    Studies show that a healthy diet can help to prevent as well as support the successful treatment of a number of chronic diseases. Prescribing healthy food to patients is a cost effective health care intervention. However, for low-income patients, the cost of healthy food can be prohibitive, making it difficult for them to follow a prescribed diet.

    Second Harvest Food Bank and our partner agencies work with medical clinics to address nutrition-related illness and poor nutrition for low-income patients. In partnership with Samaritan House, we opened our first Medical Clinic Pharm Pantry in Redwood City earlier this year.

    Here’s how a Medical Clinic Pharm Pantry works. Patients with nutrition-related illness and/or poor nutrition identified by their primary care provider or staff are referred to the Medical Clinic Pharm Pantry. A “prescription” for supplemental food is prescribed to patients to prevent and/or address specific and defined health care conditions. They leave the clinic with a bag of healthy groceries that may include quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, fresh produce, chicken and eggs. Simply put, food equals medicine!

    Having this immediate access to healthy foods improves a patient’s ability to maintain proper eating habits recommended by their doctor. This service increases food security and fosters healthy eating!

    We’re happy to share that there’s been 100% patient participation in accepting the healthy foods from the pantry. Patients have also reported that they feel empowered to eat healthier. The results have been promising so far and we’re opening a second Medical Pharm Pantry this month in San Mateo!

    To learn more about food pharmacies, read about our work with the Samaritan House Free Clinic in Redwood City.

    Nutrition Newbie: Tips to Increase Wellness at Work

    “Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips.

    Special Blog Post By: Bryanna Peace, Second Harvest Food Bank Nutrition Intern

    When you think of healthfulness, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For many, it’s nutrition and at Second Harvest Food Bank, we are so happy to hear that. However, good things come in pairs and that’s why good nutrition and physical activity are two peas in a pod.

    Physical activity often falls to the way side as life get busy, especially with work. While some may be moving around for work, it’s people who are at a desk for the majority of the day that often have the lowest reports of physical activity.

    Sitting for long periods of time can take a toll on your muscles, metabolism, and brain function. Multiple studies, like those referenced by Dr. James A Levine for Mayo Clinic, show that many of those who sit for extended hours throughout the day without much interruption are at a much higher risk for adverse health effects. These health effects can include weight gain, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and decreased blood circulation, which can impair brain function efficiency. Thankfully, there are many easy ways to prevent these issues altogether.

    As mentioned in the article by Dr. Levine, it is important to get up and move around. This can mean standing whenever you take a break or having a standing desk instead of the traditional sit-down one. You can encourage “moving meetings,” where instead of at a table, your meetings take place on a walk and gets your heart rate up. Also, instead of heading to the break room throughout the day, take a lap around the building, or do a few flights of stairs. These are practical ways to add more exercise into the work day.

    Another important part of office wellness is stretching. Sitting at a desk can wreak havoc on your muscles, creating a lot of stress and tension. Stretching will aid in the prevention of muscle wasting and increase circulation to help your metabolism and brain function.

    Here is a list of a few simple stretches that can be done at your desk that will greatly improve your body wellness:

  • Chest Stretch
  • Sit at the edge of your chair and lift your chest so your back is not slouched. Place both hands behind your head and interlock fingers. Stretch your chest by gently squeezing your shoulder blades together and take deep breaths. Continue this for about 10-15 seconds.

  • Chin to Chest
  • Sit at the edge of your chair and lift your chest so your back is not slouched. Extend your legs outward and let your feet rest on your heels with feet slightly flexed. With one hand on the back of your head and one on the base of your chin, tilt your head forward, bringing your chin closer to your chest. Stretch without straining, take deep breaths, and continue for about 10-15 seconds.

  • #4 Sitting
  • Sit at the edge of your chair and lift your chest so your back is not slouched. Bring one leg up and rest the outside of your ankle on the knee of your opposite leg. Allow your raised leg to relax. This may already cause you to feel a stretch. If not, raise the height of your knee by lifting the heel of your foot on the floor. You may also use the base of your chair to raise your knee, as shown in the picture above. Take deep breaths and continue stretching for 10-15 seconds and then switch to your other leg.

    Try implementing one of these practices, such as stretching every hour at your desk or taking the stairs, into your work day. As time goes on, continue to add more healthy behaviors and over time your wellness can increase exponentially.

    Form a pact with coworkers to encourage consistency or promise yourself a reward, like going out to a movie with friends or family. Find ways to support your efforts to increase body wellness and you’ll find it’s much easier than you think.

    Are there other wellness practices you use in the office? Tell us in the comments below – we would love to know!

    ***Check out our past Nutrition Newbie posts.

    My Year of Service Advocating for Healthy Futures

    Special Blog Post By:  Coleen Ju, AmeriCorps VISTA, Volunteer and Resource Coordinator

    For the past year, I have had the honorable pleasure of serving as Second Harvest Food Bank’s first ever AmeriCorps VISTA. Working for this amazing organization has been filled with countless memories and lessons learned. My VISTA year of service was focused on on the Food Bank’s Produce Mobile – evaluating the program and creating ways to increase client and volunteer participation.

    I spent months visiting sites and speaking to site coordinators, volunteers, and community members. I worked closely with other departments at the Food Bank and began to familiarize myself not only with the Produce Mobile program, but also with Second Harvest Food Bank as a whole.

    Now, as I reflect back on my year of service, I see that the Produce Mobile program is so much more than just a means of providing fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need. It’s a program that clearly embodies Second Harvest Food Bank, representing the values and mission of our organization and us as a community.

    Here are the top 5 ways the Produce Mobile program personifies the Food Bank!

    1. Open Doors

    The Produce Mobile program is everyone’s program. It has a simple self-certification process that allows anyone who needs the help to easily receive it. The welcoming and non-judgmental open door policy directly reflects the Food Bank’s office culture, where titles may exist but barriers do not; where an AmeriCorps VISTA can comfortably talk to a department director about something as simple as Disneyland or as complex as poverty in the Bay Area.

    2. Positive Collaboration

    The Produce Mobile is an intricate program that relies on collaboration and partnership. Site coordinators and volunteers must work together to serve their community alongside the Food Bank. Similarly, the Food Bank could not thrive and develop new ways to better serve our community without the constant collaborating between individuals and departments.

    3. Healthy Food for a Healthy Future

    As stated in the name, our Produce Mobiles provide clients with a bountiful array of fresh produce items. The Food Bank is a strong advocate for educating the community on healthy eating habits. Providing fresh fruits and vegetables to our clients is a direct way to increase their chances for a healthy future.

    4. Self-Sufficiency

    Sometimes our community volunteers are also clients. By working at the Produce Mobiles, they have taken charge of the change they want to see in their lives. Community members have the capacity to develop leadership skills, while doing good for their family and neighbors. This sense of ownership and personal growth can also be seen throughout the Food Bank, ranging from project responsibilities to internal job development.

    5. Compassion

    At the forefront of every program and every project at the Food Bank is the compassion we have for our neighbors in need. The Food Bank’s mission is to lead our community to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one and the Produce Mobile does just that. At the Food Bank. we understand that poverty and hunger is still ever present in prosperous Silicon Valley. We care deeply for our neighbors in need and the Produce Mobile program is just one small step in the path to alleviating hunger.

    As I get ready to start a new chapter in my life, I look back fondly at everything I’ve done and everyone I’ve met here at Second Harvest. This organization is nothing shy of inspirational and I feel so lucky to have played a small part in its great mission.

    Getting Our Hack On at PayPal’s Hackathon

    Special Blog Post By:  Elizabeth Whamond, Director of Business Applications

    Hackathons are events where a large number of people get together to code collaboratively. They can last for one full 24-hour period or go on for several days. Usually, hackers come to the hackathons with their own ideas that they want to work on.

    As a nonprofit partner of eBay and now PayPal, we were one of the nonprofits selected to “pitch” an idea at the PayPal Opportunity Hackathon last month in San Jose. The PayPal Opportunity Hackathon focuses on building solutions to problems for the selected nonprofits. Coders have the opportunity to build something that has real social impact and brings innovation to nonprofits that may not be able to afford it otherwise. They’re also applying their skills and networking with their peers.

    We decided it would be a great opportunity for us, so I signed us up. In the end, there were 12 nonprofits that presented their ideas and about 150 participants on the coding side.

    We pitched that we needed a technology solution for all the paper that we’re using at our direct service sites. That sounds easy, but we have some additional challenges at these sites:  we only get to borrow the space for a limited amount of time, so we can’t store any computer equipment there; many of these sites don’t have WiFi or cell signals; and these sites are almost exclusively run by volunteers.

    We had a LOT of interest in our project. We ended up with three teams wanting to work on our problem. Some projects only had one team working on them.

    The many problems presented by nonprofits at the hackathon were all really fascinating. One nonprofit, Understanding Poverty, pitched an idea for a Yelp-type app for social services. Our partner agency Sacred Heart was looking for something very similar to what we were looking to do – to make a registration process electronic. There were international organizations trying to solve issues about locating and communicating with refugees in war-torn countries.

    One of our teams ended up winning 1st place! They have 30 days to deliver us a fully working version of the prototype in order to collect the other half of their monetary prize.

    There are a lot of amazingly talented young people in our community and many of them are really passionate about giving back. I was really surprised at the number of PayPal staff who volunteered their time to run this hackathon. It’s truly a labor of love for them.

    For coders interested in getting involved and helping nonprofits, you can sign up on Devpost to learn about hackathon opportunities. You don’t need to wait until a hackathon comes around to help out a local nonprofit. Go volunteer with an organization that resonates with you and see if they can use your coding skills!

    July Social Media Roundup

    “Social Media Round-Up” is an ‘ICYMI’ compilation of the top hunger-related news articles and other interesting tidbits posted on our social media profiles.

  • 4 Fixes for the Astonishing Lack of Vegetables in the American Diet, VOX.COM
  • Some really good ideas to get folks to eat more veggies. Have you heard about the Food Pharmacy that we started in partnership with Samaritan House where low-income patients with diabetes can “fill” prescriptions for free nutritious food?

  • U.S. Lawmakers Attempt to Tackle Food Waste, EATER.COM
  • 40% of food produced in the U.S. gets wasted every year – we must do more to change this

  • Low-Income Shoppers Now Get Discount at California Farmer Markets, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
  • Awesome new program that promotes healthy eating! If you live in California and are enrolled in CalFresh, you can go to a farmers market and buy $10 worth of fruits and vegetables. Market Match will give you an additional $10 that day to buy more produce!

  • 1 in 6 U.S. Households Didn’t Have Enough Money for Food Last Year: Report, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
  • One in six households in the U.S. struggled to buy food last year, according to a new report from Food Research and Action Center.

    Abra’s in the food sort room this morning! #pokemongo #volunteer

    A photo posted by Second Harvest Food Bank (@2ndharvest) on Jul 12, 2016 at 9:20am PDT

  • One State Just Made Farmers Markets More Affordable. It’s Good for Everyone, Even Farmers, UPWORTHY.COM
  • “…the California Nutrition Incentives Act will offer discounts on fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets for low-income shoppers receiving federal benefits.” Yep, that’s in California!

  • 1 in 5 UC Students Struggles with Hunger, Study Finds, MERCURYNEWS.COM
  • “Among the 42 percent of students UC determined to be ‘food insecure’… 29 percent reported they had experienced difficulty studying because of hunger; about 25 percent reported having to choose between paying for food and other expenses, such as books and housing; and 15 percent had to choose between paying for food and medicine.”

  • VIDEO: What You Eat Changes How You Think, FOODANDWINE.COM
  • Food for thought, indeed

  • A Simple Change that Could Help Solve One of the Biggest Problems Facing Poor People, WASHINGTONPOST.COM
  • “Middle- and upper-class city dwellers tend to live near supermarkets. But if the trek feels too far, in many cities and suburbs they can order grocery deliveries, often for a single-digit delivery fee, from services like Instacart, Peapod, AmazonFresh and FreshDirect. That’s not an option for the 14 percent of Americans who rely on food stamps. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program’s benefits cannot be used online. That only worsens food access for poor Americans who live far from grocery stores.”

  • Here are the Most Expense and Least Expensive Places to Live in America, FINANCE.YAHOO.COM
  • That sure is a lot of red where we are…

  • Homeless and Hungry in College: Not Just a ‘Ramen-Noodle’ Problem, MERCURYNEWS.COM
  • “Stories like Amante’s and new research on campus hunger and homelessness have awakened college leaders and policy makers to an uncomfortable reality: Many students are struggling just to survive.”

  • A Not-So-Seamless Summer for Hungry Kids, MV-VOICE.COM
  • “…84 percent of [Santa Clara County] kids who benefit from subsidized lunches don’t have access to school meals during the summer – an estimated 44,501 children, according to the report.”

    *** Read past Social Media Roundups.