Local Hunger Fighters: SHFB Outreach Team

“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.

In this special edition of our “Local Hunger Fighters” series, we’re featuring three members of our Food Connection Hotline and Field staff. Second Harvest Food Bank has made a commitment to ensure everyone who needs a meal in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties can get one. Some of our neighbors don’t know about the resources available. The Food Bank has dedicated seventeen staff in our region to connect people in need to healthy food resources and the CalFresh program. Staff goes to libraries, community centers, medical clinics, apartment complexes and special community events, in addition to Food Bank partner organization food distributions. Each one of our Outreach Team members brings great compassion to their work. They are a special group, connecting thousands of people each year to food, and hope.

How are you helping Second Harvest and our community?
Sylvia Pandza, Food Connection Outreach Coordinator since 2011:
“When I share the information about all the free food resources that Second Harvest offer, I am not only giving our community an opportunity to stretch their budget, but also the opportunity to eat better, and healthier. When I moved to California, I was amazed to see that the ‘dream-land’ also battles hunger. The difference here is that resources exist, such as those provided through Second Harvest Food Bank, with a mission of providing food where needed ending hunger. I have been a client and received these free food resources. Receiving the support when I needed it made me stronger. I love being part of this mission and bringing good news to my community about the food resources they can be eligible for.”

What inspires you to do this work?
Aida Crosby, Food Connection Specialist since 2014:
“My family of six went through a very difficult period during my husband’s two-years of unemployment. All of our savings were used up in less than a year and then we were hungry, we did not have any money for gas, food, and all services in our household were cut to the bare minimum. Our children’s grades began to suffer and they went to school hungry sometimes. My oldest son lost 30 pounds in less than three months. We had to water our soup many times. Our church started to help us a little bit, and some families would donate money so we could afford to have food.

One day, as I was taking the family to be seen at the Foothill health clinic, Alejandra –a Second Harvest Food Bank Outreach Specialist- had a table at the clinic and I learned about all the services of the Food Bank, and how they sign people for CalFresh (Food Stamps). Our family started receiving almost $800 for food through CalFresh over the next six months. I later applied for an open Outreach Specialist position for the Food Bank. The Second Harvest CalFresh Outreach program literally saved my family. Until we experienced our own need and I began to work for the Food Bank, I was not aware of so much need and the incredible hardships families and individuals are subjected to in Silicon Valley. In a way, I am glad that it happened because it gave me the understanding and knowledge to be the best conduit possible to help families.”

Why should people care about hunger in our community?
Huong Nguyen, social worker and Food Connection Specialist since 2011:
“A child cannot concentrate in school and will not be able to learn and grow into the person they can become. Even for working adults, they cannot focus on making enough income to care for their family. Hunger makes everyone, at any age, weak.”

***Click here to meet more people working to end hunger in our community.

Nutrition Newbie: Let’s Not Spoil the Summer Picnic

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

Special Blog Post By: Alex Navarro, Second Harvest Food Bank Nutrition Educator (San Mateo County)

Tis the season of longer days, warmer weather, and outdoor picnics. But before we pack the cooler and sunscreen, it’s important to remember some key food safety tips in order to keep our food safe from any contamination and bacteria. As the temperature rises outside, so does the risk of foodborne illnesses due to food left out for longer periods of time without proper refrigeration. The good news is that foodborne illness (food poisoning) is almost always preventable. So whether you are in your kitchen or out at a Summer picnic, remembering these simple food safety tips will keep you and your family safe.

I always try to put it in simple terms when I teach our monthly food safety classes here at Second Harvest Food Bank. It comes down to a few key points: keep cold food cold, hot food hot, follow the 2hr rule, and wash your hands and surfaces often.

  • Packing a Cooler – In order to keep food safe, it needs to be kept at 40 degrees F or colder. This temperature prevents bacteria from growing. Make sure that the food is cold when you put it in the cooler. Keep cooked/ready-to-eat foods separate from raw meats such as chicken or ground beef. You should also pack any raw meats in secure plastic bags in order to prevent cross contamination. If possible, use separate coolers. When using one cooler for all food, make sure the raw beef or chicken is placed at the very bottom of the cooler with a protective sheet barrier over it. This will prevent any raw juices from leaking onto other food. It’s also important to keep cold drinks in a separate cooler, as this cooler will be opened more often throughout the day. Pack with ice just before leaving the house.
  • Serving Food – Hot food needs to be kept hot, 135 degrees F or hotter, to prevent growth of harmful bacteria. You can keep the food warm on a lit grill but remember to follow the 2-hour rule, not to leave perishable food out for more than two hours. This applies to grilled meats, casseroles, pasta salads, dips, etc. Keeping food out for longer than two hours in the “Danger Zone” (temperature between 41 degrees to 135 degrees) can be grounds for bacteria growth at a harmful level that can make you sick. You also should keep food covered to prevent contamination from insects, which can carry viruses and also be a physical hazard in foods.
  • Keep it Clean – Make sure to wash your hands before and after handling ALL food. According to ServSafe National Restaurant Association, poor hand washing, and poor personal hygiene, is the number one cause of foodborne- illness outbreaks in the US. Don’t use the same platters or utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry. Cleaning down surfaces where you will be handling the food is just as important. It’s a good idea to pack moist sanitizing wipes and disposable gloves for quick clean-ups, and remember to replace with new gloves when changing to a different task.
  • Leftovers – One of the great things about picnics is being able to sit and pick at food all day long. To prevent your picnic from spoiling, it’s important to follow the 2 hour rule. Wrap food up and put it back into the cooler as soon as you are finished eating. Placing perishable food over a bowl of ice will also help keep it at a safe temperature. Once the ice starts to melt, throw out the water and replace with more ice. Bring small containers to make it easy to separate and pack food up.

Now that you know how to have a no-risk picnic, go out there and enjoy the beautiful Summer days with friends and family. Stay hydrated everyone!

***Access past Nutrition Newbie posts!

Food as Medicine – Nutritious Meals Matter to Ardys

Special Blog Post By: Ardys, Brown Bag Volunteer and Client

Food is inseparably linked to healthy and nutritious food keeps seniors strong. Seniors at risk of hunger are vulnerable to chronic health conditions. According to a study by Feeding America and National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, compared to their peers, seniors at risk of hunger are 60% more likely to experience depression and 53% more likely to report a heart attack. Ardys, a Brown Bag program volunteer and Second Harvest Food Bank client, explains why nutritious meals matter to her.

I’m from a generation that kept and nurtured gardens in their yards. Back then, they were called ‘victory gardens’ and planted during World War II to ensure that we would have enough food to eat. Having access to nutritious and affordable food is important at my age and helps me stay healthy.

When I’m not volunteering to support the Food Bank’s senior Brown Bag program at Saint John’s in Sunnyvale, I’m teaching local kids about where their fruits and vegetables come from.

Yesterday a little boy saw me loading a bunch of tomatoes into a basket. He seemed hungry, so I gave him one. To my surprise, he thought it was an apple and had no idea that it grew out of the ground. That child was excited to learn something new and that he liked tomatoes. Those moments make my day. I sent him home with some seeds that I have in an ice tray in my freezer and told him that all he needs to do is plant the seed in a pot and the melting ice will help it take root.

With the support I receive from Second Harvest and the abundant fresh fruits and vegetables I grow in my garden, I’m able to eat well and share the food I cultivate with my neighbors in need. For me that’s another kind of victory!

***Read our 2014 Hunger Study: Hunger in Our Backyard for a glimpse into the lives of the people we serve.

June 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.

  • Asking for Help at 80 – America’s New Faces of Hunger, PBS.ORG
  • “In 2013, the last year for which data is available, 15.5 percent of America’s seniors — roughly 9.6 million people — faced the threat of hunger…When mortgage payments and medicine are a priority, there is not always money left for food.”

  • Life on the Dole: Stories From Mothers, GAWKER.COM
  • New weekly series from Gawker features personal stories from people on food stamps and other safety net programs

  • Baltimore Schools Will Now Give Free Meals to All Kids, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
  • Love this!

    Thank you @bitesv for an awesome weekend! #bitesv

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  • Trader Joe’s Ex-President Opens Stores With Aging Food and Cheap Meals, WW2.KQED.ORG
  • What do you think about this grocery store concept?

  • Here’s Why Americans Waste So Much Food, SMITHSONIANMAG.COM
  • What motivates you to reduce food waste?

  • Stand Up for Kids and End Child Hunger (Op-Ed), MERCURYNEWS.COM
  • Have you ever thought about what role pediatricians can play in the fight against child hunger? A recent op-ed by Cindy McCown, our VP of Community Engagement and Policy, and Dr. Lisa Chamberlain, pediatrician at Ravenswood Family Health Center, talks about how we’re collaborating in East Palo Alto.

    Just a couple of the adorable cards that we received from students at St. Timothy’s Lutheran School in San Jose

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  • 5 Amazing Strategies to Eliminate Food Waste and Feed the Hungry, TIME.COM
  • Some really good ideas here. On our end, we continue to expand our grocery rescue program which makes excess, unused food from local grocery stores available to neighborhood pantries, shelters and soup kitchens.

  • To Tackle Food Waste, Big Grocery Chain Will Sell Produce Rejects, NPR.ORG
  • Last week, Raley’s announced it will tackle the food waste problem by selling less-than-perfect fruits and vegetables starting in July. Would you purchase these so-called ‘produce rejects’?

  • What It’s Really Like to Cook on a Food Stamp Budget, THEKITCHN.COM
  • Want to know what the real challenges are for people cooking on a food stamp budget? Check out this blog post from The Kitchn.

  • East Palo Alto: Food Collaborative Aims to Feed Needy, MERCURYNEWS.COM
  • “The criteria for a meal is any child who comes can get a meal. We want to make sure there is not any stigma attached to this (program).” – Susan Takala, Second Harvest Food Bank Director of Community Partnerships

    *** Did you miss our May Social Media Roundup? Click here to read it.

    Local Hunger Fighters: Bennett Jacobstein

    “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: Bennett Jacobstein, Author

    How are you helping Second Harvest and our community?
    I first volunteered with Second Harvest five years ago when I began helping to sort and bag food items for distribution. Last year I wrote a book entitled The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine. A book celebrating food seemed to me to go hand-in-hand with helping those in need of food, so I decided to donate all the royalties from book sales to Second Harvest. I am also a football fan and have 49ers season tickets. Last year the 49ers played the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving. I decided to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family and not go to the game. I felt fortunate to be able to have a wonderful meal with my family and decided to donate my tickets to Second Harvest. They raffled them off – one raffle ticket for each turkey donated in November. The raffle resulted in 1,552 donated turkeys.

    How did you come up with the idea of doing a book about ballpark food?
    I’ve had a life-long interest in sports. When I retired from my career job as a librarian, I signed up for a part-time job in the concessions stand at the San Jose Giants minor league ballpark. I began noticing magazine articles and internet tidbits about the interesting food now available at baseball stadiums. I came across information on the history of the hot dog, once the standard ballpark fare, and a man named Harry M. Stevens who revolutionized the ballpark concessions business. As I delved further into the history of ballpark food, I found that there seemed to be great interest in the topic, but no one had written a comprehensive book on the subject. Further research led to The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine.

    What’s the most interesting thing to happen to you because of this book?
    The most interesting thing was in the creation of the book, in which my wife and I visited each of the 30 major league ballparks in the course of the 2014 season, trying out the unique food items at each stadium. This “culinary tour” is described in the book. Since the publication of the book, I have been amazed at the media interest that it has generated. I’ve been interviewed by radio stations including KNBR, KGO and WCBS in New York. I also was interviewed on WGN TV in Chicago.

    What inspires you to give?
    I consider myself truly fortunate to always have plenty of food and to be able to enjoy dining at the many wonderful ethnic restaurants in our area. I want to help those in our community who struggle simply for a basic meal.

    Why should people care about hunger in our community?
    Many of us, including myself, have never known sustained hunger. We have lived our days surrounded by an abundance of food. We need to realize that there are those among our neighbors who struggle to feed their families. And with hunger comes the beginning of a cycle of problems. A child without proper nutrition does less well in school. A poorly-performing student isn’t well prepared for the job market. Without job skills, poverty persists and another generation of malnourished children comes along. As individuals we can’t solve the bigger issue of poverty, but we can help to feed a hungry family.

    Why do you support Second Harvest?
    Second Harvest is taking action to get food into the hands of people who need it here in the Bay Area. The organization has a long history of working successfully with a number of local agencies and with a large corps of volunteers.

    ***Click here to meet more people working to end hunger in our community.

    Nutrition Newbie: Say Goodbye to Skipping Breakfast

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

    Special Blog Post By: Alex Navarro, Second Harvest Food Bank Nutrition Educator (San Mateo County)

    There is one message from our parents and teachers that still stands strong in the nutrition world today: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” This comes to us as no surprise, yet most are still skipping breakfast because they just can’t seem to find the time. Before I try to convince you that all you need is two minutes the night before, let us go over the great benefits of this morning meal.

    Breakfast gets your body and brain fueled to start your day by positively impacting your energy level, your blood sugar level, and even your ability to focus and concentrate. USDA reports that breakfast may help improve school children’s scores in math, reading, and standardized tests. Studies also have found that children and adults who regularly eat breakfast are less likely to struggle with weight problems. According to diabetes.org, people who eat breakfast tend to take in fewer calories in the day than their non-breakfast-eating counterparts.

    When considering tasty breakfast ideas, I also look for something quick and healthy, and rich in protein and fiber. The answer was overnight oats! Overnight oats are basically oats that are soaked overnight and absorb whatever liquid you have them in. The combination of toppings and flavors are endless.

    All it takes is two minutes the night before. The base recipe is to add equal parts of oats and liquid (I prefer almond or soy milk) into a small glass jar or container. I like to add chia or flax seeds, some type of nut butter, and my fruit of choice.

    Here is one of my favorite overnight oats recipes:

  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • Handful of blueberries or ½ a banana
  • Mix all ingredients. Store covered in refrigerator overnight. The following morning, grab-and-go, and enjoy! You can take it with you, and no need to heat up. All you need is a spoon and your appetite.

    ***Read past Nutrition Newbie posts!

    Protecting Kids From Hunger: A Pediatrician’s Perspective

    Special Blog Post By: Dr. Rhea Boyd, Pediatrician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Children’s Hospital Oakland

    Dr. Rhea Boyd is a pediatrician who works at Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s urgent care, as well as at Children’s Hospital Oakland’s teen clinic. She spoke to us about the impact that hunger has on children, and how local pediatricians are taking a stand against childhood hunger.

    When kids come to the doctor for well-checks, we always ask about nutrition. Losing or gaining weight can be an early sign of illness in kids. During my residency, some of my patients were babies who weren’t gaining weight. I found out that many parents were watering down their baby formula.

    Often parents are trying to stretch formula because it’s so expensive, even when the family is participating in WIC (Womens, Infants, and Children, a public nutrition program for new mothers and children). But if babies aren’t gaining weight in the early months, they probably aren’t getting enough nutrients to build their brains, bones, and organs.

    When parents talk about cutting back on formula, there’s a bigger issue in the household. Food usually isn’t the only thing they’re worried about. Food can open a conversation about other issues that are equally important to the family’s health, like if they have a safe place to sleep at night.

    I’ve always been interested in advocating for children’s health, including the issues my patients face outside of the time I see them in the office. For the past year, I’ve become more involved with the American Academy of Pediatrics. We’ve been advocating for universal screening for food insecurity in pediatric clinics to see if our patients and their families are at risk for hunger. For each patient, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends we ask our patients if the following statements describe their situation: “Within the past 12 months, we worried whether our food would run out before we got money to buy more” and “Within the past 12 months, the food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t have money to get more.”

    Some clinics in our region are fortunate to have wonderful social workers or even on-site food distribution sites for individuals or families who are in crisis. Other clinics that don’t have those resources may find it difficult to address their patients’ hunger issues. So the American Academy of Pediatrics is partnering with a tech nonprofit called OneDegree. We’ve created an app that helps health providers connect families with every social service they need, including food assistance. It’s expanding to Santa Clara County soon.

    For kids, food is directly related to school performance, health, and their risk for chronic diseases. It affects their entire life trajectory. As pediatricians, we can help protect our children from hunger, which threatens their health and wellness.

    ***More than 90% of the food we distribute is highly nutritious. Find out how you can get involved and support our work.

    May Social Media Roundup

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

  • Dave Goldberg, Head of Web Survey Company and Half of a Silicon Valley Power Couple, Dies at 47, NYTIMES.COM
  • We were heartbroken to learn Dave Goldberg, a big supporter of our work and one of our Stand Up for Kids campaign co-chairs, passed away suddenly yesterday. Our deepest condolences to Sheryl Sandberg and the entire family.

  • How to Trick Yourself Into Buying Healthier Food, TIME.COM
  • Have you heard about shopping the perimeter at a grocery store to help you buy healthier foods? Or how about eating an apple before you go grocery shopping?

  • Hang These Graphics on Your Fridge to Never Waste Food Again, LIFEHACKER.COM
  • Hate wasting food at home? Print these graphics and post them on your fridge as a reminder!

    Have you seen one of our awesome trucks on the road recently?

    A photo posted by Second Harvest Food Bank (@2ndharvest) on

  • Giving the Poor Easy Access to Healthy Food Doesn’t Mean They’ll Buy It, NYTIMES.COM
  • Nutrition education is essential

  • School Feeds More than Minds of Students, SMDAILYJOURNAL.COM
  • Read about how some appliances that we donated to Redwood City’s Fair Oaks Elementary School will make a big difference for families in need who can’t pick up food at designated times because of their work schedules.

  • What It Was Like Growing Up With Food Insecurity, TIME.COM
  • “From a very young age, I understood food as a reward to be earned: if you spend money on things that are not food, you do not get food. If you do not pack a lunch, you do not eat. And if you’re crying in the bathroom because your stomach hurts and your head hurts and your feelings are hurt because none of your friends will share their snack with you, you’re still expected to go back to your classroom and behave.” ‪#‎HungerHurts‬

  • Second Harvest Has Launched California’s First Text for Food Assistance Program, MERCURYNEWS.COM
  • According to Mobile Commons, households earning less than $30,000 text twice as much as households earning over $75,000. Read about how we’re using texting to remove barriers so that people can access the food they need to thrive.

  • 25 Best Cities for Jobs, GLASSDOOR.COM
  • Glassdoor released its list of 25 Best Cities for Jobs and San Jose is #7. Not surprisingly, many disagree with that assessment. What do you think?

    Proud to be partners with SCS on this important program. #Repost @sunnyvalecommunityservices ・・・
Two members of our amazing warehouse team, Ed & Jeff, loading up the van for our School Food Program! Every Friday, SCS brings bags of food to local schools so kids and their families have enough to eat on the weekends ——————————Dos miembros geniales de nuestro equipo, Ed y Jeff, poniendo bolsas de comida en el camión para nuestro programa de comida! Cada viernes, SCS lleva bolsas de comida a colegios cercanos para que los niños y sus familias puedan comer lo suficiente durante el finde #sunnyvalecommunityservices #scs #preventhunger #volunteer #nonprofit #forthekids #healthyeating #secondharvest #kaiserpermanente #InstaSize

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  • Think People on Food Stamps are Eating More Lobster than You? Think Again., HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
  • What do SNAP/food stamps recipients really eat? Here’s what the U.S. Department of Agriculture found out.

  • This Country Wants to Ban Grocery Stores from Tossing Food in the Garbage, TAKEPART.COM
  • Excellent move, France

  • How Long Do People Stay on Public Benefits?, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
  • “There are people who need help briefly because they lost a job or something temporarily went wrong…and there are people who have longer-term circumstances — they have a disability, or they’re elderly, or they live in an economically isolated area like a rural town where the factory shut down.”

    *** Did you miss our April Social Media Roundup? Click here to read it.

    Local Hunger Fighters: David Cox and Vicky Martin

    “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: David Cox, Executive Director, and Vicky Martin, Pantry Coordinator, St. Joseph’s Family Center

    How are you helping Second Harvest and our community?
    St Joseph’s Family Center is a multi-service agency that is helping Second Harvest Food Bank and our community by operating a full-service food pantry, a daily brown bag lunch program for the unhoused in our community, and a Push Produce distribution to approximately 600 families weekly. We host a CalFresh specialist and a County Services specialist weekly. SJFC distributes food to a variety of offsite locations including migrant living facilities, group homes, and the newest project, the School Pantry program – we’ve assisted the food bank in starting pantries at six school locations in the South County in an effort to get food directly into the households of children. SJFC is a participant in the Grocery Rescue program; we gratefully receive thousands of pounds of quality, fresh food items weekly from 4 Grocery Rescue stores in our community.

    What inspires you to give?
    We are inspired by the people and families we serve. Hearing the challenges faced by the families and individuals we serve each day, seeing how hard they work just to make it to the end of the month – and some just to the end of the day – watching them receive the services we offer with a grateful heart and a positive attitude, inspires us to work harder to help make the quality of their lives better. Doing for a few what we wish we could do for everyone is what drives all of us at St Joseph’s Family Center.

    Why should people care about hunger in our community?
    We can all relate to hunger – some of us for shorter periods of time than others, but we all know how an empty stomach feels. Imagine that feeling as being a constant influence in our daily lives. Hunger hurts! Hearing teachers talk of students who come into class agitated, hungry and unable to learn. Knowing that the elderly in our community are on a fixed income struggling to survive while food prices increase. Watching the rents in our area increase dramatically while parents work 2 and 3 jobs just to keep a roof over their families’ heads, leaving very little of their income for other necessities such as food. Seeing our neighbors struggle with food-related health issues. These are all reasons to care. Hunger hurts everyone!

    Why do you support Second Harvest?
    Second Harvest Food Bank meets people where they’re at. Their direct service approach reduces the barriers to food and nutrition. They are strong advocates for the hungry and the policy changes needed to address the issues surrounding hunger. Their forward thinking approach in finding new ways to reach the food insecure makes them a valuable partner. But most of all, on a daily basis, they are some of the best people to have on your side! Their friendly, positive spirits and sincere concern for the hungry is commendable!

    ***Want to meet more people working to end hunger in our community? Click here to read past Local Hunger Fighters posts.

    From Second Harvest to Second Home

    Special Blog Post By: Pat Bohm, Executive Director of the Daly City Partnership and Our Second Home

    From parenting classes to kindergarten preparedness, Our Second Home Early Childhood Development Center offers holistic services to young children and their families. Pat Bohm, the Executive Director of both the Daly City Partnership and Our Second Home, blogs about the intersection of food and mental and physical health:

    No matter their age, nutrition is important to everyone we serve. Every Monday, we distribute fresh produce from Second Harvest. We also have Second Harvest’s nutritionists on-site a few times a month. Second Harvest and the UC-Extension both host nutrition classes here.

    We help kids develop coping and social skills to deal with stressors—moving, parents losing jobs, or inexperienced parents who may not know how to set a healthy table. One of the things we do for these families is connect them with CalFresh, a public food program.

    Reliable food can help families function better—it reduces one source of stress in their lives. Maria Huerta, one of Second Harvest’s CalFresh Outreach Specialists, is on-site once a month to sign people up for CalFresh, and we have our own benefits specialist who assists families as well.

    Kids are hungry after school. Through our snack distribution with Second Harvest, we’re able to provide them with healthy snacks. It keeps them going—keeps them full and energized so they can do their homework!

    Right now, we’re working with a local school and our Second Harvest Community Partnership Manager, Mark Kokoletsos, to develop a Community School Model. We’re hoping it will provide “one stop shopping” to kids and their families.

    ***Know someone who needs food? Have them get in touch with our Food Connection team via phone, text message, or web.