This report is brought to you by Holiday Food & Fund Drive co-chairs Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers, BJ Jenkins, CEO of Barracuda Networks and Dan Campbell, COO of Backup and Recovery Systems Division of EMC Corporation.

In the first quarter, Second Harvest got the game started with a new Food & Fund Drive online registration system and dedicated drive coordinators throughout the community started planning their holiday efforts. The 49ers brought energy to the game through three stadium drives that collected more than $10,000 from fans. The real excitement came in the second quarter.

In Delphi Academy's 16th annual drive, the 3rd graders outweighed themselves with food!

Fans, co-chairs, and the media gathered on November 1st for the annual kick-off event at Second Harvest Food Bank’s new stadium, Cypress Center in San Jose. 2012 goals were announced: $12.4 million, 2 million pounds of food and 12,000 turkeys. Messages from co-chairs and special guests (Guy McIntyre, 49ers alumnus and Scott McGrew, NBC Bay Area) inspired the community to take action against hunger!  Hundreds of schools, community groups and companies signed-up for drives, barrels were filled, and donations started to increase. Holiday Food & Fund Drive sponsors competed in the Virtual Race to End Hunger and in just 48 hours, raised $431,360.30! Cisco crossed the finish line first by raising a record amount and Cypress Semiconductor took home the per capita trophy.

Perky the Turkey got off the sidelines to encourage donations of Thanksgiving meals and you responded! Thousands of turkeys were dropped off at the Food Bank to make Thanksgiving special for local families. While Boy Scouts collected donations from their neighborhoods through “Scouting for Food,” hundreds of volunteers also collected food at Safeway stores across the Bay Area on NBC Food Drive Day, November 17. Then, before sunrise on Thanksgiving, more than 2,000 volunteers arrived at the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot to support runners who gave time, funds and sweat to support Second Harvest, The Housing Trust and Children’s Health Initiative. LiveOps rounded out November with the “Cyber Monday Giving Tuesday” Challenge. Your likes, tweets, comments and photos raised another $5,000!

Halftime Score Report:

–          1,613 Food & Fund Drives registered (81% of 2,000 drive goal)

–          $2.5 million raised (20% of $12.4 million goal)

–          182,000 pounds collected (9% of 2 million pound goal)

–          11,443 birds donated (95% 12,000 turkey goal)

The 2012 Holiday Food & Fund Drive is making great progress, but in order for Second Harvest to feed nearly 250,000 people every month this holiday season and in the coming year, we need you to join the team! You can help by hosting a drive where you live, work or play. Just by signing up you can generate meals for our neighbors in need. Here’s how:

EMC Corporation, Holiday Food & Fund Drive Co-chair, will donate up to 80,000 meals if we hit these goals:

  • If 2,000 organizations register for a Food and Fund Drive, EMC will donate up to 10,000 meals. With this year’s new 3-step online registration form, you can set up an Online Food Drive or order food collection barrels in just a few clicks!
  • For everyone who joins our new Food & Fund Drive Online Community, hosted by Mightybell, EMC will donate 100 meals. That means just a minute of your time will be matched with a $50 donation from EMC!
  • Once your Food & Fund Drive is in full swing, EMC will donate 1,000 meals to Second Harvest if your organization (other than companies with 250+ employees) earns 1,250 points ($1 = 2.5 points and 1lb. = 1 point), up to 60,000 meals!

Need help? Email or call the Donor Hotline at 1-866-234-3663

You can also help by making a gift online (every $1 = 2 meals!) or donating non-perishable food in our barrels throughout the community:

–          Second Harvest has 3 locations with extended holiday hours

–          Safeway stores have barrels and $10 pre-packed food bags for easy giving

–          Whole Foods Markets have barrels and $5 or $10 Grab & Give meals to purchase

–          San Mateo County libraries clear fines when you donate food

Finally, you can inspire others to give by sharing about your efforts on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Google+)! We would love to see photos of your barrels, special events and other creative efforts. You can also e-mail photos and stories to

Thank you for being a friend of the Food Bank and making the holidays (and every day) hunger-free for local families in need.