“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.

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Local Hunger Fighter: Jackie Garcia, Front Office Manager, Ecumenical Hunger Project

Jackie Garcia is the Front Office Manager at Ecumenical Hunger Project (EHP) in East Palo Alto. Jackie helps monolingual Spanish-speaking families access the pantry at EHP, which is a tremendous help in the community.  The families don’t know many details about the program and Jackie ensures the clients know what to expect during the distribution.  Her customer service is exceptional and clients are really happy to work with her.

How are you helping Second Harvest and our community?

I assist in distributing food, I take new family intakes and connect families to resources in the community.

What inspires you to give?

When I was a young girl our family was in need of assistance, I remember the feeling of uncertainty. I remember having to go to a shelter, and what could have been a really awful experience is a great memory of how kind and giving people can be. Since then I have always been dedicated to helping others.

Why should people care about hunger in our community?  

Being hungry could happen to anyone at any time at any place in there lives. It is our humanitarian duty to make sure there is no needy person among us!

Why do you support Second Harvest?

I believe the work that Second Harvest does, and the way they help other community agencies is very important. Without them, families would be hungry and life would be more difficult. They give light for those in the dark and help give hope.

***Meet more of your neighbors helping us build a hunger-free community.