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2 05, 2018

Mission: Possible – Celebrating our Junior League Nominees

May 2nd, 2018|

"Mission: Possible" focuses on our volunteers, without whom our mission of creating a hunger-free community would be impossible!  Special blog post by Diane Zapata, Director of Volunteer Services. Did you know that April was Volunteer Appreciation Month?  It’s a busy time as we try to show gratitude to the many volunteers who play a large [...]

27 12, 2017

Holiday Donations Are Falling – We Need Your Help!

December 27th, 2017|

The holidays are typically a strong time for fundraising here at Second Harvest Food Bank. But this year is turning out to be different. The number of donors and total gifts we've received are both down from last year, so we are turning to you with a plea for help. Here’s a special note from Leslie [...]

3 12, 2017

Giving Tuesday – A Resounding Success!

December 3rd, 2017|

The Tuesday after every Thanksgiving is known in the world of non-profits as Giving Tuesday. It's a global day of support based upon the idea that after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, people should turn toward their favorite charities and give back. This year Second Harvest had a goal of raising $25,000 on Giving Tuesday. [...]

2 12, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: The Winter Blues Got You Down?

December 2nd, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Christina Jung, Dietetic Intern Do you find yourself with less energy, wanting to sleep more and craving carbohydrates these days? These are just a few symptoms of the winter blues (seasonal depression) that many of us experience during the shortest [...]

2 08, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: When Food is Medicine at the Food Bank

August 2nd, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Alex Navarro, Nutrition Education Coordinator, San Mateo County Many of Second Harvest Food Bank’s clients suffer from diet-related conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. This dilemma often leads them to make the tough decision of either paying their monthly bills or buying healthy, nutritionally adequate foods for themselves and their families. To help address this issue, Second Harvest partnered with Samaritan House Clinics and opened up the first Food Pharmacy in California  – where diabetic patients from the clinic can fill their “prescription” for wholesome, nutritious food. […]

4 07, 2017

Giving Time: Steve Norris

July 4th, 2017|

“Giving Time” focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 310,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff. Special Blog Post featuring Steve Norris, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank. My name’s Steve Norris and I was born in Boulder, CO but grew up in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. Moved up to Santa Cruz in 1968 and I’ve been in the Greater Bay Area ever since. […]

31 05, 2017

Oil Donation for Health

May 31st, 2017|

One in 3 of our clients reports a member of their household has diabetes and more than half of our clients report a member of their household has high blood pressure.  Last year we launched our Healthy Food & Beverage Policy, which aims to educate our community about foods to eat in order to maximize the health benefits of items received from the Food Bank and minimize the need for cheap, high-calorie, low-nutrition meals. As part of our policy, we’ve added spices and plant-based oils to our most need foods list. […]

29 04, 2017

Second Harvest’s Junior League Nominees

April 29th, 2017|

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, we wanted to let you know about two very special people who volunteer with Second Harvest.  Every year the Food Bank nominates a couple of our thousands of volunteers to be recognized by the Junior League of San Jose for their volunteering efforts. This year, we nominated Amanda West and Allen Cade. [...]

26 04, 2017

Promotores de Second Harvest “Live in the Need”

April 26th, 2017|

My name is Vicky Avila-Medrano. My job at the Food Bank is to serve as Food Connection Coordinator of our team of volunteer Promotores de Second Harvest. "Promotores" is Spanish for “promoters.” I began working with one of Second Harvest’s partners, El Cancilio, in San Mateo County in 1997. I grew the Promotores program there and, [...]

24 04, 2017

Kathy Jackson: On Leaving What You Love

April 24th, 2017|

Working at Second Harvest has been one the highlights of my life. It’s safe to say that the Food Bank looks a lot different than it did in 2009, and I could not be more proud of what we’ve accomplished together. During my tenure, we expanded to three facilities, adding a dedicated produce distribution center, [...]