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5 01, 2017

Fighting Hunger at San Jose State University

With 91,000 public college students (community and four-year/public schools) in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, hunger on college campus is a real problem in our community. A 2015 San Jose State University Student Food Access Survey of 5,000 students found: 21% sometimes/often didn’t eat for a full day 39% sometimes/often were hungry but didn’t eat because they didn’t have enough money 50% sometimes/often cut size of meals or skipped meals because theydidn’t have enough money […]

4 01, 2017

Inside the Food Bank: Prepping the Product for Volunteers

It’s 7:30 a.m. at our Cypress Center and our staff is already getting set up to host volunteers for the day. The Volunteer Services staff rarely gets down time with hundreds of volunteers coming through our buildings daily. While it keeps our staff busy, distributing nearly 1.2 million pounds of food per week to our neighbors in need would be impossible without help from volunteers. The day starts with an empty sort room and within two hours it is set up to host 50+ volunteers for the first shift. Since Cypress Center is our produce hub, the volunteer sorts have to be prepped just before the volunteers arrive since the fruits and vegetables […]

3 01, 2017

December 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. U.S. Cities with the Fastest-Growing Economies, FORBES.COM “The fastest growing economy among large U.S. cities, by the numbers, is San Jose, California, which saw its GRP surge 43.6% between 2010 and 2015.” Eligible Immigrants Aren’t Applying for Food Stamp Benefits, TAKEPART.COM […]

2 01, 2017

Giving Time: Heidi Gonzalez

“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 Heidi Gonzalez, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank. Heidi poses with SJ Gigante during one of her volunteer shifts. My name is Heidi Gonzalez. I started volunteering at Second Harvest in the 1990s when […]

30 12, 2016

Nutrition Newbie: Making Resolutions a Reality

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Nutrition Program Senior Manager Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely holiday season and are ready to start fresh in 2017. Each New Year, approximately half of Americans make resolutions, but only 8% of Americans succeed in meeting those goals. We’re going to share some insider tips to help YOU make your resolutions a reality in 2017! In one-on-one nutrition consulting sessions, nutritionists like […]

9 12, 2016

The True Story of Instagram Legend #warehousewill

Members of Second Harvest’s Communications team, those same people who “manage” the myth of social media legend Warehouse Will, sat down with the aforementioned star to provide some insight into the man behind the pictures posed with produce.  The interview is published in its original, haphazard and circuitous form.  […]

8 12, 2016

Day at the Donation Tent: A Snapshot of the Holiday Spirit

When you work at Second Harvest Food Bank, the season all staff members collectively know as “Holiday” is busy! The months of November and December are a flurry of food drives, events, dock donations, volunteers, and of course getting food out to families in need. Despite all the craziness, there is no better time to work at the Food Bank. The feelings of […]

7 12, 2016

Nutrition Newbie: May Your Days Be Merry, Healthy, and Bright

“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 that joyous time of the year again to celebrate with our family and friends. It’s also no surprise that with celebrations come rich, decadent foods – and lots of them. For those that have been working hard at eating healthy, or losing or maintaining your weight, this may be a difficult […]

6 12, 2016

New Funding Secured for School Breakfast Program

Special Blog Post By: Cindy McCown, Second Harvest Food Bank Vice President of Community Engagement and Policy Second Harvest Food Bank is committed to working with policy makers, school administration, food service staff, teachers, parents, and students to increase local participation in the Federal School Breakfast Program (SBP).  We see this as a vital meal program to address childhood hunger and help every child reach their full academic potential. Millions of low-income children have benefitted from the School Breakfast Program that launched as a pilot program established […]

5 12, 2016

November 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. For These College Students, the Most Difficult Test May Be Basic Survival, PBS.ORG “While the University of California system has worked to bring in more first-generation and “non-traditional” students, helping them stay, succeed and meet basic needs like getting enough food requires greater investment.” San Jose State, Second Harvest Food Bank Handing Out Food to Students Struggling to Eat, KRON4.COM […]