Second Harvest Food Bank has officially kicked off the Holiday Food and Fund Drive along with a winning team to help raise $11.3 million and 1.6 million pounds of food. Taking lead are Holiday Food and Fund Drive Co-Chairs Mike Klayko, CEO of Brocade, and Jed York, president and CEO of the San Francisco 49ers.
“Hunger is unacceptable in this community,” Klayko said. “I’m proud to team up with the San Francisco 49ers and serve as the co-chair of the 2011 Holiday Food and Fund Drive, and I encourage everyone to support Second Harvest Food Bank’s hunger-fighting efforts this season by running a food drive at your office, making a personal contribution or becoming a sponsor. Please join our team to end hunger in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.”
The food drive is critical because nothing else matters when you’re hungry – you can’t concentrate, you can’t learn, you can’t work, you can’t get through the day. Nutritious food is the cornerstone of a healthy, productive life.
Too many local families and individuals don’t get enough to eat. One out of every 10 of our neighbors will be receiving food from Second Harvest Food Bank this holiday season. The Food Bank currently feeds about 250,000 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties every month.
“Even in the heart of the Silicon Valley, which prides itself on collaboration and innovation, hunger has become a serious problem in our surrounding community,” York said. “People who never thought they would need help are now turning to Second Harvest Food Bank for assistance. We are fortunate to live in a community where people work together and help each other prosper, so it’s only fitting that our local corporations get involved and help those who are less fortunate. I strongly urge business leaders in our surrounding community to join me and take action to support Second Harvest Food Bank’s Holiday Food and Fund Drive.”
The number of people Second Harvest feeds each month has increased 48 percent since the start of the recession in 2007. The increased need for food is expected to continue as unemployment remains high and wages stay flat.
“Second Harvest Food Bank has managed to meet the rising need for food despite the growing challenges,” said Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. “We depend on the generous support of the community to make sure our neighbors have enough to eat. Every dollar donated to the Food Bank provides two meals. It is unacceptable that in a wealthy community like ours, 1 in 4 people are struggling to put food on the table.”
Corporations, organizations and individuals can give what matters by hosting a food drive or donating to Second Harvest Food Bank this holiday season. To get involved, visit www.shfb.org. You can also donate online or by calling 866. 234.3663.
Second Harvest Food Bank thanks and recognizes the generous contributions and creative efforts of all the 2011 Holiday Food & Fund Drive sponsors: