State of the Food Bank

Last month, over 250 staff members and volunteers from our community partners attended our Annual Harvest of Knowledge Partner Conference at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood City. It was an exciting day of learning, networking and celebrating local hunger-fighting leaders. The theme of this year’s conference was Strengthen. Inspire. Transform. The goal was to strengthen the capacity of our partners to serve clients, inspire those partners to enhance and improve their work with new ideas and tools, and energize attendees to transform our community where anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one.


Workshops included fundraising, volunteer management, tips for de-stressing, nutrition, customer service and outreach to new clients. The keynote speech was given by Jen Turner from Oregon Food Bank. She shared her experience using “nudge” strategies to increase distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables, celebrate healthy eating, and support client well-being. You can view the workshops offered and find copies of the presentation materials here.

In addition to the workshops and networking opportunities, we gave out Partnership Awards  to organizations and individuals that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to their work with the Food Bank:

Ultimate Food Connector
St. Joseph’s Family Center

Outstanding Grocery Rescue Partner
West Valley Community Services

Outstanding Nutrition Education Partner
Bachrodt Academy

Inspirational Leadership Award
Franklin-McKinley School District

Volunteer Warrior Award
Yadira Marentes

Marie Bernard

The McCown-Takalo Hunger Hero Award was  given to two special individuals who demonstrate honesty, integrity and an exceptional dedication to fighting hunger in our community and serving their clients. This year, Jim Gallagher, Cathedral of Faith- Reaching Out, and Marie Bernard, Sunnyvale Community Services, were our two award recipients.

Jim Gallagher

Thank you to Oracle for providing the conference space and for making this free event possible for our valued community partners!