On Friday, July 9, volunteers from Cisco Systems, Ernst & Young, and Lockheed Martin rallied at the San Jose Convention Center on short notice to rescue food. The food show held by the National Association of College and University Food Services was wrapping up, and Second Harvest Food Bank staff quickly sourced 24 intrepid volunteers and the necessary carts and bins to collect the food with.

“We worked under what I called a ‘controlled chaos’ environment with the exhibitors and show operators pulling up carpets and dismantling the booths while the volunteers moved down each aisle collecting food. In the hour and a half, we collected 8,054 lbs for the Food Bank, plus 3 additional pallets of perishable food we gave to City Team,” said Barbara Gehlen, our Director of Food Resources who led the volunteers.

Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers and staff who went above and beyond to make this happen!