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

  • The Tech Museum of Innovation (201 S Market, San Jose) is hosting a food drive until 12/22. Guests who donate at least 5 food items will receive one free admission voucher to The Tech. More info.
  • 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.
  • 99.7 Now Food Drive, 11/20, 6am-10am – Fernando, Greg, the Morning Crew, and special guests will be broadcasting live at the Safeway in Willow Glen (1530 Hamilton Ave., San Jose).  Stop by to say hi and drop-off non-perishable food or money donations for Second Harvest.
  • 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.
  • Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, 11/26 – The Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” is entering it’s eleventh year and has raised more than $5 million for charity.  Money raised from the event benefits 5 local nonprofits, including us. More info.
  • 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.