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

    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?

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  • 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.

    Nutrition Newbie: To Juice or to Blend?

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

    For a couple of months, my husband was majorly into juicing. He bought loads of fresh produce and when I got home from work, I could expect a nice glass of yummy juice in the fridge for me. I don’t know if it was the challenge of keeping our shelves stocked with fresh produce or the chore of cleaning the juicer, but the juices stopped coming…at least for now.

    Karla, one of our community nutritionists, suggested that this month’s Nutrition Newbie post focus on juicing and making smoothies. When I asked her why, she told me that juices and smoothies are all the rage at a time when most Americans only get 59 percent of the recommended amount of vegetables daily and 42 percent of fruits (according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010).

    You can’t walk through a grocery store without seeing endless bottles of green juices and fruit smoothies, many of which have hefty price tags. Karla wants you to know that BOTH can be made at home with just a few ingredients at a very low cost.

    Karla said she’s constantly asked which is better – juicing or blending? Here’s what she says are a few of the benefits for both:

    Both juicing and blending your fruits and vegetables provide nutritional benefits, offering a boost of vitamins and minerals, while strengthening your immune system. They are both easy, fast ways to incorporate the recommended daily amount. However, I do prefer one over the other…

    Juices are nutrient-packed, quickly and easily digested to give you that vitamin boost. With juicing, you do leave behind the pulp and the skin, leaving the fiber behind. This process may leave you feeling hungry shortly after due to the missing fiber. Not to mention, juicers can be expensive and require more clean up.

    You won’t need special equipment to make a smoothie; an ordinary blender will work just fine. When blending, you are using the entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all, which provides you with the dietary fiber. The nutrients get slowly absorbed, leaving you fuller for a longer period of time. Dietary fiber in your diet is important, and can help you with lowering cholesterol, relieving digestion issues, and helping you maintain a healthy weight.

    So if you ask me, I’d have to go with blending a smoothie. You get a filling boost of vitamins and minerals. Not to mention an easy way to add fiber to your diet. I recommend adding greens to your smoothies, such as kale or spinach. Also adding milk (soy, almond, or regular) or yogurt will add some protein. And a banana or avocado can add a creamier texture.

    And there you have it – smoothies are the winner with our community nutritionists!

    Here’s a favorite smoothie recipe from our community nutritionists:
    1 large handful or Kale
    ½ green apple
    1 celery stick
    ½ banana
    ½ cucumber
    ½ cup frozen pineapple

    Fill blender with cold water until max line.

    ***Read past Nutrition Newbie posts!

    April 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.

  • Long Commute to Silicon Valley Increasingly the Norm for Many, KQED.ORG
  • “‘One tech job creates approximately five service jobs,’ said Candace Gonzalez, executive director of the Palo Alto Housing Corp. ‘The pace of jobs has outpaced housing.’”

  • Poverty Rates Near Record Levels in Bay Area Despite Hot Economy, MERCURYNEWS.COM
  • “Double-digit poverty rates in the Bay Area stand in stark contrast to the region’s other economic trends in recent years. Over the 12 months that ended in February, Santa Clara County added jobs at an annual rate of 5.4 percent — the strongest growth in the nation.”

    It's Volunteer Appreciation Month! Veronica, our Volunteer Services Admin Assistant, knows what's up, of course ;)

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  • Eating the Drought: How Much Water Goes Into Your Meal?, GRAPHICS.LATIMES.COM
  • More than half the food we provide is fresh produce, so the drought could have a huge impact our resources. For a little perspective, check out this interactive article that helps you see how much water it takes to produce the food on your plate

  • It’s Easy to Waste Less Food at Home. Here’s a Simple Guide., MSNBC.COM
  • Great tips on how to cut food waste at home

  • Gwyneth Paltrow’s Food Stamp Experience Versus Reality, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
  • Whether you like her or not, her single tweet has gotten a lot of people talking about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which we can appreciate. This article does a good job pointing out some facts.

  • Schools Becoming the ‘Last Frontier’ for Hungry Kids, USATODAY.COM
  • “The classroom has become a dining room as more children attending public schools live in poverty. More than half of students in public schools — 51% — were in low-income families in 2013, according to a study by the Southern Education Foundation.” ‪#‎HungerHurts

  • A Restaurant Owner Left the Most Heartwarming Note…, UPWORTHY.COM
  • “I think we’ve all been in that position where we needed someone’s help and we just needed someone to extend that hand.” So inspiring.

  • A Hungry Gwyneth Paltrow Fails the Food Stamp Challenge Four Days In, WASHINGTONPOST.COM
  • In case you’re keeping tabs, she failed the food stamp challenge. Well, at least she tried…

  • I Would Have Starved Without the Food Bank, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
  • “However, the reality is, we all have times of need. We all have moments when we have to reach out for help. At that time in my life I was thankful for the food bank. Their services helped feed my mind and body so that I could continue with my education.”

  • Food Waste is a Massive Problem. Here’s How to Fix It., CIVILEATS.COM
  • “Americans throw away an average of 20 pounds of food each month — costing them each between $28 and $43.” Did you watch ‘Just Eat It’ on MSNBC last week?

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

    Student Band Fights Local Hunger

    RAGAn: Raama, Ajay, Geeta, Akshay, Nitin (L-R)

    We sat down with members of RAGAn,a group of Bay Area high school students who perform classical Indian music, to discuss their fight against local hunger. The students attend different schools, but they recently united for a fundraising concert benefiting Second Harvest. RAGAn includes Raama, Ajay, Geeta, Nitin, and Akshay. Their instruments include mridangam, a South Indian percussion instrument, the veena, a string instrument, and their voices.

    What gave you the idea for the concert?

    AJAY: When we started, we wanted to do one concert as a fun event. Then we got an idea to do something better than that–we could not just do it to play music, but help someone.

    NITIN: We got our inspiration from another group of musicians who held a benefit concert a few years ago. We thought we would take it up a notch and invite different schools to play.

    RAAMA: We wanted audiences to be involved in what they were donating toward. So we invited them to perform and be an integral part of our battle against hunger.

    With so many worthy causes, why did you focus on hunger?

    GEETA: We were wondering what types of local problems there are here. We were oblivious to the fact that some basic needs, like food, aren’t being met.

    AKSHAY: It was shocking to hear that so many people are hungry here, in such an affluent area.

    AJAY: …and we wanted to strike light on that assumption and prove it wrong. In my old neighborhood, I saw poverty and hunger firsthand. I realized that is an issue that has to be taken on.

    NITIN: Growing up in a middle-class family, I don’t feel the hunger that a lot of people feel. Doing this concert opened my perspective to how a lot of people are living.

    RAAMA: Literacy, shelter, and other types of problems are important as well, but they all don’t threaten the lives of millions of humans across the world every single day, in the same way hunger does. Hunger is a problem that no matter how wealthy a nation is, some people face it. So if we put our own energy and time into helping to eradicate that problem, then it probably makes both us and them better for it.

    Why did you select Second Harvest?

    NITIN: As a team, we found Second Harvest and we thought it was the perfect fit. We love that you guys put most of your money towards the actual cause. Your organization was so committed. I used to volunteer in a local food bank; it was a great experience for me, and I could see how much people relied on it. I’d deliver food and help people put it in their cars, and they were so thankful and grateful. What better way to give back than a cause that’s close to us?

    GEETA: They say if you’re good at music, you’re good at math. But if I forget to take my lunch to school one day, I get so hungry I can’t focus in math class. I know food is so important. When I told my friends about the concert, they just took out their wallets and gave me five dollars to put it towards Second Harvest. I’m so glad we were able to help kids like us.

    What would you say to other young people who are thinking about donating, hosting a fundraiser, or volunteering?

    AJAY: Find a cause that you find moving. At the end of the fundraiser, you should be feeling satisfied and happy because it’s meaningful to you.

    NITIN: If you’re passionate about something, you can pursue that and use that passion to help others. For me, Indian music is a great way to connect with my culture, express myself, and it’s a great stress reliever. Music is always there to hold me up. Use whatever you have and make the most of it!

    ***Click here to find out how you can help fight hunger in our community!