“Local Hunger Fighters” is a series that spotlights our awesome supporters and staff who help raise awareness of hunger in our community and motivate people to get involved.

Local Hunger Fighter: Carolyn Alexander, Director of Operations, Sunnyvale Community Services

How are you helping Second Harvest and our community?
I’m pushing our agency to reduce barriers and make food access easier for our low income Sunnyvale residents. Towards this end, Sunnyvale Community Services (SCS) is now delivering 20,000 pounds of produce and groceries per month to four elementary schools with very high populations of low income families. The families are very appreciative. We’ve even received many handwritten thank you notes. To further assist with ease of access, SCS is now open two Saturdays a month for pantry shopping.

What inspires you to give?
Everyone in this day and age should have a fighting chance to live a healthy, happy life. Healthy food is a cornerstone of a happy life and I simply want to help make that possible for all of my neighbors. It’s just the right thing to do.

Why should people care about hunger in our community?
We should all care about hunger, because a growing number of our neighbors do not have enough money to pay rent and buy healthy food. Food insecurity leads to illness and rising medical costs, poor school performance, crime, and social instability. If we want to continue to call our geographic area a community, we better make sure everyone in our community has enough healthy food to eat and some place to live. It’s pretty simple.

Why do you support Second Harvest?
Second Harvest is an amazing partner for SCS. Not only does Second Harvest supply most of our food, but they support SCS with infrastructure investments, industry knowledge, best practices, and community awareness. Second Harvest employees listen to our input and we work on continuous improvement together. I communicate with someone at Second Harvest daily and it is really an amazing partnership.

***Meet more of your neighbors working to end hunger in our community.