We always feel the love from the community, especially during this time of the year. Here’s a list of special events and promotions benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank (we’ll keep this list updated as we hear about new ones, so check back often!):
The KPIX/KBCW and Whole Foods Feed 4 More Program runs until December 26. Stores have food barrels for you to drop off your non-perishable food donations or you can purchase a “Pantry Builder” (cash donations that go directly to your local food bank) at the register.
Sprouts Farmers Market is running its annual “Grab n’ Give” program through December 31. Shoppers can purchase discounted “Grab n’ Give” bags filled with shelf stable items. Bags will be collected by our Food Rescue partner agencies. Watch this video to learn more about the program.
NBC Bay Area and Safeway kicks off its month-long “Help Us End Hunger” campaign benefiting Bay Area food banks with a one-day food drive on Saturday, November 22 at 155 Safeway locations throughout the Bay Area. A specially produced shopping bag filled with items that food banks need the most will be available for $10 through December 25. Here’s the press release.
Save Mart Markets (which include Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx) is collecting cash donations for food banks. Between now and January 2, 2015, shoppers can select a tag at checkout and directly donate to fund a meal for your local food bank: $2 for Breakfast, $3 for Lunch, $5 for Dinner. Here’s the press release
Scouting for Food happens on Saturday, November 15. In the Bay Area, more than 30,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, Explorers and their supporters will be “Scouting for Food” by picking up boxed or bagged nonperishable food items for local food banks placed on doorsteps by 9 a.m. Saturday, November 15.
During “Thanks for Giving Week” from November 17 through November 23, merchants throughout Los Gatos and Saratoga will be offering many different ways for the community to support our Holiday Food and Fund Drive!
Enjoy a fun evening out with dinner, music, and dancing on December 13 at the Mangiare, 301 Executive Park Blvd., San Francisco, CA. Hosted by one of our supporters, proceeds donated at the event will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Tickets are $50.00 and attire is semi-formal. RSVP by November 26. For more information, view this flyer.
Shop, Enjoy and Give Holiday Wine Stroll Benefiting Second Harvest at Santana Row will be happening on Tuesday evenings in December from 6:00-8:00 pm. Purchase a ticket for $15 and receive complimentary food & wine tastings inside Santana Row shops and restaurants, a signature Santana Row wine glass and exclusive shopping discounts. You can also get $2 off when you bring canned goods with you when purchasing your ticket at the concierge. More details
Promotions & Purchases
KFOG Live from the Archives 21 CD is available for purchase online or at Bay Area Peet’s Coffee & Tea. CD sales are expected to raise more than $200,000 for Bay Area Food Banks this year. Get a preview of the songs on the CD.
Nomikai in Downtown San Jose is donating $1 to Second Harvest for every pizza purchased from November 12 through November 22. More info
As part of its Spreading MODness 2014 campaign, MOD Pizza in San Jose is donating $1 for every MOD or MEGA pizza sold from November 25 through November 30 to Second Harvest! Get their address.
Mazda Drive for Good: Purchase a new vehicle at any local Mazda dealer November 21 through January 2 and you can direct a $150 donation to Second Harvest. Visit your local Mazda dealership for more info.
glassybaby, a Seattle-based company known for its hand-made glass votives, just opened their first ‘little shop of kindness’ at Valley Fair Mall in San Jose. A portion of sales will be donated to Second Harvest. More info
OP4G’s program allows you to help Second Harvest while also sharing your feelings and experiences with organizations who want your feedback. You’ll be paid for it, with at least 25% of your compensation being donated to us! Op4G conducts market research activities directly with members, so you remain anonymous and protected. They recently informed us of some new features for members. Sign up to participate!
foodtweeks™ is a mobile app that helps you make better food choices, or tweeks, this holiday season. Support Second Harvest by following these two steps: 1) Download the free app on your Android or iPhone and 2) Create a free account in the app and enter the promo code SHFBSCSM. Now every time you tweek calories out of a food you are thinking of eating, buying, or cooking, foodtweeks™ will donate twice as many calories to the Food Bank.
De Anza Appliance is offering $10 off any appliance repair or free diagnosis of a second appliance with donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank. “We’re looking forward to keeping your ovens running through the holidays and food on the table for our neighbors in need.” More info
Purchase a San Jose giftbox at therethere x SJ and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Gift boxes are $3 and are available at therethere x SJ in downtown San Jose (15 N. 2nd St.). For those that are not in the area, shop online at therethere.com and 10% of proceeds from the web for the month of December will be donated to Second Harvest. This promotion runs from November 28 through December 31.
Do you know about other special events and promotions benefiting the Food Bank? Please share them in the comments section below.
We’re excited to announce that we are holding a drawing for a pair of tickets to the San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks game on Thanksgiving Day! Our turkey goal this year is 13,000 (there’s no specific goal for chickens), so we’re super grateful to be able to give away these tickets as an incentive (thanks to the generous supporter who donated them!).
So how can you enter the drawing? For every frozen turkey or chicken donated, you will get an entry form. So, for example, if you donate 2 frozen turkeys and 2 frozen chickens, you’ll get 4 entries.
Donations must be made at one of our 3 locations starting on Monday, November 10 through Monday, November 24 during food donation dock hours. Entry forms must be filled out in person at the time of the donation and put into the designated drawing box.
Frozen turkey and chicken donations can be dropped off at any one of our three distribution centers:
Curtner Center, 750 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, Holiday Donation Hours
Cypress Center, 4001 North 1st Street, San Jose, Holiday Donation Hours
Bing Center, 1051 Bing Street, San Carlos, Holiday Donation Hours
The drawing will be held on Tuesday, November 25, and the winner will be notified that same day.
Here are more details about the game:
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Thursday, November 27 @ 5:30 PM
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Section: 412, Row: 24, Seats: 19 & 20
Donations made through Monday, Nov. 24 qualify for the drawing
Must be at least 18 years of age to enter
Entry forms must be filled out on site, at time of food donation
Game tickets are non-transferrable
Copies of entry forms are not acceptable
Second Harvest Food Bank employees and their families are not eligible
Good luck and thanks for helping us feed our neighbors in need!
“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 Fighters: Beth Clark, Dave Severns Memorial Golf Tournament
How are you helping Second Harvest and our community?
Our organization, the Dave Severns Memorial Golf Tournament, is matching donations to Second Harvest Food Bank during the month of October. Donations up to $500 per person will be matched dollar-for-dollar, for up to a total of $25,000.
Our commitment to ending hunger started with this motto:
“You give us the food/money, we give you the lights, nobody gets hurt….”
That was the motto of the Severns/Pease Christmas Light display here in Sunnyvale. What began as a small project in 1995 branched out to be an animated, solar powered display with over 80,000 computer-controlled lights on 270 different channels, synchronized to music. Planning for the display would take all year – each song took over ten hours to program, let alone stringing all those lights!
Thousands of people would visit from around the Bay Area each year. Rather than charge admission, which was suggested by some, Dave Severns and Andy Pease decided to hold a food and donation drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. And the public was very generous, donating to both.
Very sadly, Dave Severns passed away three years ago after a hard fought battle with cancer. It had been his dream to reach “The Million Pounds Club” for Second Harvest, and he did so in the last year of his life. The organization and all that it does meant so much to him.
A group of Dave’s friends wanted to honor him, and honor his commitment to Second Harvest Food Bank and all the good work that it does. We now hold a Dave Severns Memorial Golf Tournament (DSMGT), where all proceeds are donated to the Food Bank. The first year, we raised over $4,000. Each year it has grown, and last year we raised over $20,000! And so it was a great honor when the DSMGT received the “2014 Community Champion” award from Second Harvest Food Bank this year, and achieved the “Blue Diamond” level. We are so glad to continue his legacy, thanks to the generosity of his family and friends.
As with the Light Display, all individual donations up to $500 are matched by the Severns Family Foundation, capping at $25,000. This year we hope the general community will also donate, in honor of Dave, the Christmas Light Display and Second Harvest Food Bank. The matching offer of course applies!! Help us reach our goal of $25,000 in matching funds for a total of $50,000 – donate today!
Why should people care about hunger in our community? Why do you support Second Harvest?
The group of friends who organize the golf tournament is fortunate. We have jobs that allow us to lead a nice lifestyle here in Silicon Valley. But we know that so many people, hardworking people, do not. Second Harvest is an organization which has a high efficiency rating, and high impact, right here in our home.
With every dollar donated providing two meals, we like how far our money goes – especially since everything is doubled via the Severns Family Foundation!
We know that by giving to SHFB, we give in the best way possible to our community. We have volunteered at the warehouses as well as with fundraising. Each opportunity to give, gives back to us as well.