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26 06, 2017

When Hunger Hits: School’s Out, but Hunger Isn’t

June 26th, 2017|

The stunning image Benjamin Von Wong created of a spy stealthily dropping down from the ceiling to “sneak” food looks like a scene from a summer blockbuster movie. But for many kids, summer isn’t about movies or other fun activities. For these kids, summer is a time to worry about getting enough to eat. That’s [...]

14 06, 2017

When Hunger Hits: Who’s Hungry?

June 14th, 2017|

Benjamin Von Wong’s portrayal of kids foraging for food may be fantastical, but child hunger is all too real. They may not be scaling mountains to get food, but there are kids in nearly every neighborhood who are worried they won’t get enough to eat on any given day. Imagine coming home from school and finding nothing to eat. The cupboards are bare and the refrigerator is empty. Kids tell us they feel scared when there’s no food in the house. This is happening in homes all across America. Yes, right here in the land of plenty. It’s a problem that’s often hidden. […]

7 06, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: Stay Cool This Summer

June 7th, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Luiza Naslausky, Nutrition Education Coordinator, Santa Clara County Summer is almost here and with it comes plenty of opportunities to ease the heat with ice cream, frozen yogurt and cold sugary drinks. When thirsty, you might find yourself thinking that a cold glass of lemonade or sweetened ice tea is the perfect answer. Unfortunately, these drinks are loaded with sugar as discussed in our last blog post. You might also think a frozen yogurt is a healthy snack to cool down with. Certainly, compared to ice cream, right? You are not alone. People are frequently mislead to believe frozen yogurt –a summertime favorite– is a healthy food option. […]

6 06, 2017

When Hunger Hits: An Epic Quest for Food

June 6th, 2017|

This inspiring journey to see child hunger from a different angle started with a chance encounter at last year’s EG Conference between epic photographer Benjamin Von Wong and Second Harvest supporter Lise Buyer, who underwrote the project. What followed was months of brainstorming and hard work that culminated in two hectic days of photo shoots, costume changes, and set-designing on the fly. The result is five incredible photos that bring a new reality to the often hidden problem of child hunger. […]

2 06, 2017

Local Hunger Fighter: Keys School H.E.L.P. Club

June 2nd, 2017|

“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: Keys School H.E.L.P. Club in Palo Alto, California The Keys School H.E.L.P. (Helping Everyone Live Prosperously) Club donates the produce from their school garden to Second Harvest Food Bank! How are you helping Second Harvest and our community? We are helping Second Harvest and our community by growing, from seed, and harvesting fresh produce for the one purpose of donation. – Illiana and Anna […]

1 06, 2017

May Social Media Roundup

June 1st, 2017|

“Social Media Round-Up” is an ‘ICYMI’ compilation of the top hunger-related news articles and other interesting tidbits posted on our social media profiles. How One Student Turned Her Struggles with Homelessness into a Crusade, COLLEGE.USATODAY.COM A homeless college student in Wisconsin is working to get SNAP, also known as food stamps, accepted as a form of payment at her college’s dining halls and food markets. Studies have shown that food insecurity is a big problem […]

17 05, 2017

CalFresh Awareness Month: Our Community Partnerships

May 17th, 2017|

There’s a lot of confusion about what CalFresh (also known as food stamps) is and how it works. CalFresh is a nutrition program, funded by the USDA, which also funds free lunches at schools and WIC; it’s not the same as CalWORKs or welfare. CalFresh is for people with limited income, to pay for food at most stores. Benefits come on an EBT card that works like a debit card. In our efforts to build a hunger-free community, we work with many partners to inform our neighbors in need about free food programs like CalFresh. […]

3 05, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: What’s So Bad About Sugar-Sweetened Beverages?

May 3rd, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Nutrition Program Senior Manager   As part of our Healthy Food & Beverage Policy, we will no longer distribute sugar-sweetened beverages by 2019. So what exactly is a sugar-sweetened beverage and why are we picking on them? They are any liquid beverages that are sweetened with added sugar.  […]

2 05, 2017

CalFresh Awareness Month: Stories from the Field

May 2nd, 2017|

Our Food Connection team is out in the community or in our call center, helping our neighbors in need access free food programs, including CalFresh (also known as food stamps). Available to individuals and families with low incomes, CalFresh is provided in an EBT debit card and can use it to purchase groceries and fresh produce at participating grocery stores and farmers’ markets just like you would any other debit card. Here are a few stories from our Food Connection team about some of the people they’ve helped: […]

1 05, 2017

April Social Media Roundup

May 1st, 2017|

“Social Media Round-Up” is an ‘ICYMI’ compilation of the top hunger-related news articles and other interesting tidbits posted on our social media profiles. Viral Post Shows the ‘Invisible’ Ways Teachers Help Hungry Students, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM The teacher said she wrote her Facebook post to show what’s happening in American classrooms. Deportation Fears Prompt Immigrants to Cancel Food Stamps […]