Where Should I Bring My Turkey, Turkey?

We need your help getting turkeys so that local pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters that rely on us for food can provide their clients with a traditional holiday meal. Our turkey goal this year is 19,000. Chickens are great too, but we don’t have a specific goal for those.

Frozen turkey, frozen chicken, and non-perishable food (most-needed foods list) donations can be dropped off at any one of our three distribution centers during these special holiday hours:

Bing Center
1051 Bing Street, San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone: (650) 610-0800

Food Donation Dock Hours

Regular Holiday Dock Hours
November 9 – December 30 (Mon – Fri) – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Special Dock Hours and Closures
The dock is closed on Saturdays and Sundays unless otherwise indicated.
November 14 (Saturday) – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
November 21 (Saturday) – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
November 23 – 25 (Mon – Wed) – 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
November 26 – 27 (Thurs – Friday) – CLOSED
December 5 (Saturday) – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
December 12 (Saturday) – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
December 19 (Saturday) – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
December 24 – 25 (Thurs – Fri) – CLOSED
December 28 – 31 (Mon – Thurs) – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
January 1 (Fri ) – CLOSED

Click here for Lobby Hours at Bing Center.

Curtner Center
750 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
Phone: (408) 266-8866

Food Donation Dock Hours

Regular Holiday Dock Hours
November 9 – December 30 (Mon – Fri) – 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Special Dock Hours and Closures
The dock is closed on Saturdays and Sundays unless otherwise indicated.
November 14 (Saturday) – 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
November 21 (Saturday) – 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
November 22 (Sunday) – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 26 – 28 (Thurs – Sat) – CLOSED
December 5 (Saturday) – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
December 12 (Saturday) – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
December 19 (Saturday) – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
December 24 – 25 (Thurs – Fri) – CLOSED
December 28 – 30 (Mon –Wed) – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
December 31 (Thursday) – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
January 1 (Friday) – CLOSED

Click here for Lobby Hours at Curtner Center.

Cypress Center
4001 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95134
Phone: (408) 266-8866

There isn’t a Food Donation Dock at our Cypress Center.  Click here for Lobby Hours.

If you can’t drop off a frozen turkey, you can help by donating money at SHFB.org/donatenow or by calling the donor hotline at 866-234-3663.

We really appreciate your help!

Giving Time: Harry Schaecher

“Giving Time” focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff.

Just nine years into their retirement Harry Schaecher lost his wife Marlene, in December of 2002.  The whole concept of life changed in that moment.  He worked for the Mead Company for thirty two years.   Now it was their time, together.  No more schedules, no more business trips apart.  But after only nine years of travel and happiness, Harry was alone.  Shortly thereafter, he ran into an old friend while out getting a cup of coffee.  That friend had changed his entire livelihood since he and Harry had last seen one another.  His friend had gone from school teacher to lawyer.  The friend’s advice, “Don’t wait too long.”  Whatever he was to do next in life, Harry knew he shouldn’t wait.  That spring, he began to volunteer at Second Harvest.  Just two days a week, at first.  “Tuesdays and Thursdays.  It didn’t take long and I said just as well, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.”

That was twelve years ago.  Harry can still be found volunteering three days a week, every week, in our fresh produce sort room in the Cypress building.  He started off when Second Harvest Food Bank operated one location in South San Jose.  “I started at Curtner, filling orders.  It’s highly structured today and order filling over there is precise. Back then you had to hunt for everything. But it was interesting….” He made the move from Curtner to Cypress in 2012.  After initial reservations over the commute all the way across San Jose,  Harry now takes the light rail to and from a stop near his home, forty-five minutes each way.  No one would argue that Harry isn’t dedicated to his time spent volunteering.  When asked about the breadth of his years of service and the unfathomable number of lives he’s touched by doing what he does, Harry says, simply, “it’s a nice feeling inside,” adding, “I do it because I want to.”

Harry also talks fondly about the community of volunteers, a community that he follows the lives of closely.  “I feel like I have a new circle of friends. I had them since day one and they just keep coming.”  When a regular volunteer didn’t arrive the day of his interview Harry inquired as to whether she was okay or not.  Once informed of her whereabouts, he cheerily reported, “she plays roller derby.  She’s the nicest person.  You meet the nicest people here all the time.  Those are good people to have on your checklist of friends.”

Former Director of Volunteer Services Kris Sulpizio-Mead speaks fondly of the long-time volunteer, saying if “you think about someone who is just plain nice, down to earth, welcoming and inviting, I think most [of Second Harvest's] Volunteer staff would think of Harry. I’ve seen him countless number of times helping a new volunteer, showing them the ropes, extending that warm smile along with that great greeting of ‘good morning; how’s it going?’”

Second Harvest Food Bank’s Volunteer Coordinator David Saxton explains Harry’s tremendous value to the organization in no uncertain terms, “Harry is a volunteer who not only shows up and works hard supporting our programs but he also helps us to build community among our volunteers. New volunteers enjoy working and talking with him and he’s one of the reasons that frequent volunteers keep coming back. Community among volunteers is very important to a successful volunteer program because it motivates people to continue to give their time and Harry helps maintain that here at Second Harvest.  So, because Harry wants to volunteer, he makes other people want to participate as well.”

***Want to volunteer at Second Harvest? Click here to find out how.

Special Holiday Events and Promotions

It’s the season of giving and we’re so fortunate to have many community groups and local businesses support our work to end hunger in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Here’s a list of special events and promotions benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank (we’ll be adding to this list as we hear about new ones, so please check back often):

Food Drives

  • NBC Bay Area and Safeway kicks off its “Help Us End Hunger” campaign benefiting Bay Area food banks with a one-day food drive on Saturday, 11/21 at 156 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 12/24. Read the press release.
  • Raley’s is hosting its “Food For Families Holiday Bag” campaign with the goal of raising 3 million pounds of food to help local food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada.  Donations can be made through 12/31 at check stands in all Raley’s, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Sources stores. Individuals can also make an online donation or by texting ENDHUNGER to 85944.
  • From 11/16 to 12/31,  the San Mateo County Library system will be hosting its “Food for Fines 2015 Library Community Food Drive.” Participating libraries in the the San Mateo County Library system will be collecting non-perishable food items for Second Harvest.  In exchange, your library fines/fee will be cleared. Learn more.
  • Events

  • Antoine Bethea’s 2nd Annual Turkey Drive, 11/16, 4pm-6pm – San Francisco 49ers safety Antoine Bethea (#41) will be hosting his 2nd annual Turkey Drive at our Curtner location (750 Curtner Ave., San Jose). He’s encouraging community members to come by and donate a turkey or a minimum of $25. In exchange for the donation, donors will have the opportunity to take a photo and receive an autograph from Antoine.
  • Scouting for Food, 11/21, 9am – 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 9am on Saturday, 11/21.
  • Cans for Luke Bryan, 11/21, 10am-5pm - KRTY will be holding a can drive at the KRTY General Store inside Westgate Center (1600 Saratoga Ave, San Jose). For every food item you bring to donate, you will get an entry ticket for a drawing to see Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch, and Little Big Town. Get more info.
  • Andrew & Charly’s Stuff-A-Bus, 11/21, 7am-7pm - Andrew & Charly from 96.5 KOIT are seeking your non-perishable food items and cash donations to assist local families. Drop off your donation at the Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno and help them “stuff” a SamTrans bus with food for our neighbors in need. Get the details.
  • Thanksgiving Comedy Extravaganza, 11/25, 8pm – Nick Hanna is hosting a comedy show to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank at San Jose Improv (62 S 2nd Steet, San Jose). If you bring a canned food item (one per person) and mention “Nick Hanna” at the box office, you can get into the show for free. Please email Nick to let him know how many in your party. If you have a group larger than 5 people, we ask that you buy tickets to the event.
  • Alice’s Restaurant 7th Annual Fundraiser, 11/26, 8am-4pm – For the 7th year in a row, Alice’s Restaurant​ (17288 Skyline Blvd, Woodside) is hosting a fundraiser on Thanksgiving Day benefiting Second Harvest. They will be open from 8am until 4pm and 100% of net proceeds will go towards our work to end local hunger. Last year, they raised over $19,000! More info.
  • Santa at United, 12/5-12/6, 10am-2pm – United Wholesale Flowers (2510 Channing Ave., San Jose) will be hosting its 2nd Annual “Santa at United” family event benefiting the Food Bank.  This free family event provides an opportunity for kids to “imagine, create, and express their love and kindness to their parents, teachers, and friends through flowers.” Learn more.
  • Santana Row Holiday Open House and Wine Stroll, 12/8, 6pm-9pm – Purchase a $40 ticket and receive food and wine tastings inside Santana Row shops and restaurants, a signature wine glass and exclusive shopping deals. Fifty percent of ticket proceeds go to Second Harvest. If you bring a donation of canned food, you’ll receive $5 off. Get more info.
  • Shopping Promotions

  • On 11/21 and 12/5, 10% of sales at the Palo Alto Diptyque store at Town and Country (855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto) will benefit Second Harvest. From 12pm-4pm on both of those days, there will be cookies and mimosas available for customers.
  • During the month of November, 10% of sales (online and in stores) of the Forbidden Fruit candles at glassybaby, sold individually (in-store) or as a set, will be split between four food banks, including Second Harvest.
  • Shop at Margaret O’Leary and give back to Second Harvest! On 12/5 from 1-5pm in the Burlingame store and on 12/10 from 3-7pm in Palo Alto store, 15% of all purchases will be donated to the Food Bank.
  • Until 12/20, you can receive a discount at Aristocrats Boutique by bringing in cans to support Second Harvest! Here’s how it works: 5 cans = 15% off, 10 cans = 20% off, 15 cans = 25% off. Bring your cans to Aristocrats at 161 Jackson Street, Suite 1 in San Jose to shop and redeem your discount.
  • KFOG Live from the Archives 22 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.
  • AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Every time you shop at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to the Food Bank. Start shopping.
  • Feed people in our community by using eBay Giving Works! Standard fees will be credited back when you sell your unwanted items on eBay and donate 10-100% of the final sale price to Second Harvest Food Bank. Or, if you’re in the mood to shop, buy items that are already listed to benefit our cause. Visit our eBay listings page.
  • Matching Gifts

  • Every year, the Severns Foundation hosts a golf tournament in honor of Dave Severns, a devoted supporter of Second Harvest Food Bank.  Now through 1/31/16, all donations up to $500 each made on the Dave Severns Memorial Golf Tournament donation page will be matched, up to $25,000. Donate now.
  • ***Do you know about other special events and promotions benefiting the Food Bank? Please share them in the comments section below.

    Nutrition Newbie: 3 Tips to Safely Prepare Your Holiday Poultry

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

    Special Blog Post By: Alejandra Menjivar, Second Harvest Food Bank Community Nutrition Educator

    Season’s greetings everyone! November is a time to show gratitude in many different ways to family, friends and loved ones. It’s also time to indulge in some delicious home-made recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Some of our favorite recipes feature poultry and it’s never as easy as it seems to cook the star of our Thanksgiving dinner, the bird. In addition to making sure our bird tastes great, we must also make sure that we know how to properly cook and handle our poultry from beginning to end.

    Here are 3 basic food safety basic to follow for an all-around successful dinner:

    1 – Thawing Poultry: It’s advised that you never defrost poultry at room temperature or in the microwave because uncooked poultry carries bacteria that can cause illness, and we definitely do not want to be sick during the most wonderful time of the year. One way to defrost poultry is to place frozen poultry in a pan on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator overnight to thaw. A 4-12 pound turkey takes about 1-3 days to thaw.

    Here’s another method:
    1.) Place frozen poultry in a leak-proof bag.
    2.) Place the bag in a large bowl
    3.) Fill the bowl with cold water. Make sure the poultry stays under the water
    4.) Change the water every 30 minutes to be sure it stays cold.

    A 3-4 pound chicken takes about 2-3 hours to thaw.

    2 – Handling Poultry: Make sure you wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling raw poultry. Also, make sure that all knives, cutting boards, utensils and counter tops are clean and disinfected. Use separate cutting boards for poultry/meat and produce. A good tip that may make your life a little bit easier is to have different color cutting boards for meat/poultry and produce. Wash your cooking equipment every time you tackle another task.

    3 – Cooking Poultry: In order to avoid foodborne illness, do not stuff your poultry. A good idea is to cook your stuffing separately in a pan. If you wish to stuff your poultry, make sure to use a thermometer to check that the stuffing temperature reaches 1650 F. Please refer to the chart below for proper cooking temperatures for whole chicken and turkey, stuffed and unstuffed.

    We wish you a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving with lots of delicious poultry! Please let us know if you have any questions or other food safety tips!

    Chicken from Farm to Table, USDA.gov
    Let’s Talk Turkey, USDA.gov

    ***Check out our past Nutrition Newbie posts!

    October 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.

  • No Time to Waste, USNEWS.COM
  • “American hunger stems from issues of waste, impaired access and inequality – not a shortage of food.”

  • Bay Area Commuting Nightmares: Jobs in City, Affordable Homes in Exurbia, MERCURYNEWS.COM
  • “The mega-commuting phenomenon is ‘the result of decades of housing decisions — or non-decisions,’ said Dave Vautin, senior transportation analyst with the MTC. ‘It speaks to the lack of sufficient housing production in our region over many decades. We’ve gotten ourselves in a giant hole and we’re having to dig ourselves out.’”

  • The Decline of ‘Big Soda’, NYTIMES.COM
  • “Over the last 20 years, sales of full-calorie soda in the United States plummeted by more than 25 percent.”

  • White House ‘Not Close’ to 2015 Goal of Eliminating Child Hunger in U.S., AMERICA.ALJAZEERA.COM
  • “[Food stamp] disbursements began to decline again in 2013 after the White House brokered a deal to reroute SNAP funding into a federal school lunch program. The result was an across-the-board, automatic $5 billion cut to SNAP benefits labeled the ‘hunger cliff’ by food assistance charities.”

  • CSA Gets a Boost from Local Grants, MV-VOICE.COM
  • Over the last 2 years, we’ve given out $1.1 million in grants to our partner agencies for infrastructure improvements, such as new refrigerators, ovens, and food delivery trucks, so that they can serve more meals to more people in need. Learn how the Community Services Agency in Mountain View is putting its grant to use.

  • Celebrating World Food Day, FOODTANK.COM
  • Today’s World Food Day – learn about 20 organizations fighting world hunger and poverty, courtesy of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank

  • A Bride’s Cancelled Wedding Leads to Special Feast for the Homeless, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
  • Someone in the comments section said, “A lesson in how to make ‘lemonade’” – so true

  • Silicon Valley Rents Jump Again in Third-Quarter, BIZJOURNALS.COM
  • Here’s the latest on rising housing costs in our region

  • Silicon Valley Housing Affordability at “Critical” Level, NATIONALOMORTGAGEPROFESSIONAL.COM
  • “In Santa Clara County, only 19 percent of households could afford to purchase a $980,000 median-priced home…homebuyers needed a minimum qualifying annual income of $193,890 to make monthly payments of $4,850. In San Mateo County, the housing affordability level dropped to 13 percent…a minimum annual income of $257,210 was needed to make monthly payments of $6,430 on a $1,300,000 median-priced home.”

  • Are You Hungry? Pediatricians Add a New Question During Check-Ups, NPR.ORG
  • In case you missed it, pediatricians are being asked to help screen for hunger in their offices. We love this so much.

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

    Nutrition Newbie: Treat Yourself to a Healthy Halloween

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

    Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Second Harvest Food Bank Community Nutrition Manager

    Happy Halloween! It’s that spooktacular time of year filled with creative costumes, boo-tiful decorations, and, of course, candy. But don’t let Halloween trick you into thinking that candy is the only acceptable treat. There are so many fun and delicious ways to celebrate without the added sugar.

    Here are a few of our favorites:

    Persimmon Pumpkins

    No carving needed! Simply use chocolate frosting and a Fuyu Persimmon to create an adorable persimmon jack-o’-lantern. Persimmons are at the height of their season during Halloween and fuyus can be eaten raw for a crunchy and a sweet treat.

    Vampire Blood Smoothie

    I vant to drink your blooo…apple strawberry smoothie? Simply mix 2 cups hulled strawberries, 1 cup peeled apples, and 1 cup milk for a frightfully delicious smoothie filled with Vitamin C and protein. Carving a set of fangs from an apple gives it a little extra bite…

    Goblin Hands

    Fill a clear plastic glove with some green grapes and red strawberry nails for ghastly goblin hands. Not only are they scary, but they are an awesome snack for kids who are on-the-go!

    Do you have any healthy Halloween ideas? Let us know in the comments section below! We’re dying to hear from you…

    ***Check out our past Nutrition Newbie posts!

    CANstruction: Building a Solution to Global Hunger

    Special Blog Post By: Kelly Petrich, Community Relations Manager, SanDisk Corporation

    SanDisk and Second Harvest are celebrating a 20-year partnership! In that 20 years, SanDisk has provided 7.4 million meals to our neighbors who struggle to put food on the table. The 3rd Annual CANstruction event in Milpitas provided 50,000 meals! In this guest post, Kelly Petrich from SanDisk talks about their efforts to end global hunger:

    “Whatever good things we build end up building us.”- Jim Rohn

    Last month, SanDisk employees across the globe took a break from their work building flash memory storage solutions to build something wholly different via our annual CANstruction event –enormous sculptures comprised of canned food items. CANstruction challenged teams of employees to use their creativity, ingenuity and engineering know-how to transform thousands of cans into dynamic displays.

    Originally only in our Milpitas Headquarters with partner Second Harvest Food Bank, CANstruction has now grown to include nine teams across our global offices, who have embraced the challenge to raise awareness and funds though this fun event. The final creations clearly reflected the cultural and regional ‘personalities’ of the offices! Just a few great examples include Scotland’s tribute to its very own Forth Rail Bridge and the engineering principle of the cantilever — the team recreated the ‘human cantilever’ demo originally conducted in 1887; Malaysia’s replication of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers using 1000 cans; and Japan’s clever use of instant noodle cups to create goal posts and a football!

    The winning team, as judged by a global employee poll, was our Utah office’s astounding replication of a football stadium complete with screens, stadium lighting, turf and players on the field! The CANstruction display used more than 8500 cans and was put together by more than 20 employees over two days.

    All told, more than 500 employees joined from 7 countries and generated over $160,000 in food and monetary donations to local food partners including Second Harvest Food Bank, Leket in Israel, Utah Food Bank, Yokkaichi Food Bank in Japan, Edinburgh NE Food Ban in Scotland, United Food Bank in Chandler, AZ, Penang Food Bank in Malaysia, Crosscare in Ireland and Stop Hunger Now.

    The truly astounding part of the event was its ability to build connections between employees across our global footprint – all united around the common, universal goal to end hunger in our lifetimes. This event reminds us that hunger is not isolated to one geographic location, but touches all of the communities in which we work and live.

    Every day nearly one billion people around the world go to bed not knowing where their next meal will come from; and more than half – 500,000,000+ – are children. Since 2007, SanDisk employees have provided over 8 million meals to the hungry around the world through our #meals4MILLIONS Campaign and our goal is to provide a total of 10 million meals by the end of 2016 through volunteer events with our global and local partners.

    What drew employees to the event was the ability to work together to build a display that was both fun and challenging, but what made it a success was that it built within each of us an awareness of the issues of hunger locally and globally and the knowledge that each of us has the power to be part of the solution.

    ***Run your own CANstruction competition – Establish teams, judges, and some ground rules and have everyone bring as much canned food as possible to compete for creating the best can sculpture. Those who bring the most non-perishable food items have an advantage with more flexibility and bigger structures.

    Connecting Lake County Valley Fire Victims to Food

    The Valley Fire in Lake County, California – one of the most destructive in California history – has destroyed nearly 1,300 homes since it started on September 12, 2015. The devastating fire left many residents with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

    On September 22, President Obama signed a disaster declaration, freeing up federal funds for emergency assistance, including food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or CalFresh in California). D-SNAP is available for those who need food in an emergency when an official disaster has been declared.

    Second Harvest answered a call from the California Association of Food Banks for assistance, sending two staff members (Linda Ulloa and Claribel Chavez) to Lake County to help fire victims apply for emergency CalFresh (food stamps) benefits between September 29 and October 5.

    “Our specially trained staff work in the community to assist eligible families navigate the sometimes complex application process, so they have the critical expertise needed to help residents apply for the D-SNAP benefits,” said Anna Dyer, Associate Director of Services at Second Harvest.

    Our staff joined colleagues from sister food banks, Alameda County Community Food Bank, SF-Marin Food Bank, and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, along with staff from the California Association of Food Banks.

    Listen to a radio clip of Anna Dyer describing the available CalFresh application assistance in Lake County:

    Linda and Claribel took these photos from the field:

    We’re honored to be able to help this community in need. Thank you to our supporters who make it possible for us to mobilize and take action quickly.

    September 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.

  • East Palo Alto: Life on the Other Side of Silicon Valley’s Tracks, CNET.COM
  • “Eighteen percent of East Palo Alto residents live below the poverty line and the average yearly income per person is $18,385, according to the US Census. For comparison, the average yearly income for all Californians is $29,527.”

  • Congress May Leave Child Nutrition Programs Behind, USNEWS.COM
  • “Lawmakers have only 10 days in September for an extended debate on the Iran nuclear deal and must find a way to fund the government by Sept. 30. But they also must reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act…which provides more than 20 million free or reduced-price lunches and more than 11 million free or reduced-price breakfasts for students each day.”

  • Report: A San Francisco One-Bedroom Costs…How Much?, WW2.KQED.ORG
  • Three SF Bay Area cities are in the top 6 of this list (San Jose is #4), which isn’t cause for celebration…

  • Farm to Food Bank: Saving Ugly Produce and Providing Nutrition, FOODTANK.COM
  • We’re proud to be a recipient of the California Association of Food Banks Farm to Family program which recovers 140 million pounds of produce a year.

  • 1 in 8 U.S. Households Struggled to Afford Food Last Year: Report, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
  • “This month the Child Nutrition Act is up for reauthorization in Congress. It provides more than 20 million free or reduced-price lunches and more than 11 million free or reduced-price breakfasts for students every day.”

  • U.S. Aims to Cut Food Waste by Half by 2030, TIME.COM
  • “Let’s feed people, not landfills.” On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency called for a 50% reduction in food waste in the United States by 2030.

  • This Map Shows How Badly America Needs a Minimum Wage Hike, CITYLAB.COM
  • How’s that for a visual?

  • Goodbye, Snickers. Hello, Cashews: Target Ditches Checkout Aisle Junk Food, TAKEPART.COM
  • Not a bad idea. What do you think?

  • Hot Bay Area Economy Props Up California, SACBEE.COM
  • “The San Jose-centered Silicon Valley saw a 6.7 percent increase in economic output last year, the highest growth rate recorded in the Western states and the 9th highest among the nation’s 381 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).”

  • Why Being a Poor Kid in America is Particularly Awful, THEATLANTIC.COM
  • “The U.S. has a higher proportion of children living in poverty than most other high-income countries, and it spends just 0.7 percent of its GDP on benefits for families—a fraction of what other middle- and high-income countries spend.”

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

    Giving Time: Bellarmine Water Polo Team

    “Giving Time” focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff.

    The Varsity Water Polo team from Bellarmine College Preparatory recently volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank to sort mountains of plums into easily transportable boxes.  A few members of the team took a moment to share their experience with giving back to their community.

    Bellarmine requires students to volunteer at least fifteen hours per school year, thirty hours in their senior year, resulting in over 45,000 service hours annually.  The reason for this requirement is not lost on these young men.  Nor are the results of their efforts.  Many students “go above and beyond that” requirement, “not just because we have to, but because we want to,” said Ryan Werner, Class of 2016.  He continued, “With the motto ‘Men for Others’ we understand that when you come and work in a place like this, it’s more than just working for ourselves or our team, we know that it’s going to make a large impact from here, to all the distribution centers, to helping all the people in our area.”

    Senior Logan MacDonnell reflected on the Water Polo team working together on their volunteer hours at Second Harvest, “Coming here with the team, it’s nice, we get a lot done because we’re used to working together.”  Charlie Laurencio added, “It gives you a sense of camaraderie with the team.”  They would go on to the pool for practice immediately following the three hour food sort, exemplifying their commitment to both service and their sport.

    Volunteers from Bellarmine can be found working every week at Second Harvest Food Bank.  They know they’re doing important work, and Laurencio said, “It’s always great” to know they’re helping other people.  In the last year, volunteers contributed nearly 314,000 hours of service time to Second Harvest Food Bank.  Their efforts greatly impact our mission to provide nutritious food to our neighbors in need.  MacDonnell summed up the sentiment with, “when you actually move 8,000 pounds of plums it feels pretty good.”

    ***Want to volunteer at Second Harvest? Click here to find out how.