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17 05, 2017

CalFresh Awareness Month: Our Community Partnerships

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?

“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

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

“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 […]

6 04, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: Don’t Let April Showers Dampen Your Plate

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Alex Navarro, Nutrition Education Coordinator, San Mateo County It’s the turn of a new season that brings us a bit more sunshine, blooming wildflowers, longer days, and of course some sporadic rain. If the vibrant outdoor colors of grassy fields and beautiful gardens enhance our moods, what can the food colors on our plates do for us? The answer is A LOT! […]

6 04, 2017

More Meals for Kids In Need

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program helps develop leaders dedicated to fighting hunger, poverty and social inequality. For the past six months Second Harvest Food Bank played host to two of these fellows, Samantha Stevens and David Lazere. While here, they researched school breakfast and summer meal programs in our area. Their final reports will help the Food Bank create partnerships with schools and other community organizations, like libraries, to provide more meals to kids in need. […]

5 04, 2017

Tometrius Paxton, Walmart Community Playmaker

Tometrius Paxton (center) with Second Harvest Food Bank team members   We are proud to share that our own Tometrius Paxton was recently named a “Walmart Community Playmaker!” The Golden State Warriors and Walmart have partnered to highlight and recognize members in the community who are making a positive impact. We sat down with Tometrius – aka Tee – to learn more about why community work is so important and what this awards means to him. […]

4 04, 2017

Local Hunger Fighters: Alfonso Mendez

“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: Alfonso Mendez, Operations Manager, Santa Maria Urban Ministry Alfonso has served as Operations Manager for Santa Maria’s Food Pantry, clothes closet, and educational programs since 2010. According to our Community Partnerships team, when Alfonso sees an additional need, he takes the steps to meet it. He recently came to the Food Bank to propose a new satellite food distribution site at St. Francis Episcopal Church. […]

4 04, 2017

March Social Media Round Up

“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. San Jose Regional Economy Strong, but Challenges Imperil Job Growth, MERCURYNEWS.COM “Silicon Valley’s innovation economy grew faster in 2016 than in 2015, and it outpaced all rival tech hubs… Yet soaring housing prices, brutal traffic snarls and troubling […]

4 03, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: Eat More Fruits and Veggies!

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Diana Garcia, Nutrition Education Coordinator Why is it so difficult to get Americans to eat enough fruits and vegetables? Even Californians who tend to eat more fruits and vegetables compared with the rest of the states are only getting two of the five recommended servings a day. Including a variety of fruits and vegetables into our diets brings many positive, long lasting benefits to our […]