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6 04, 2017

More Meals for Kids In Need

April 6th, 2017|

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

April 5th, 2017|

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

April 4th, 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: 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

April 4th, 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. 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!

March 4th, 2017|

“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 […]

1 03, 2017

February Social Media Roundup

March 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. America’s Great Working-Class Colleges, NYTIMES.COM San Jose State University is ranked number 8 on a list of colleges that are most successful at moving lower-income students into the middle or upper middle classafter graduation. We’re proud to fight hunger on the SJSU campus through our Just-in-Time Pantry. Read more about our work here. […]

28 02, 2017

Local Hunger Fighters: Marie Kung

February 28th, 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: Marie Kung, Food Connection Specialist, Second Harvest Food Bank Food Connection Field Manager Nicole Martinez hadthis to say about Marie Kung: “She is a valuable asset to the Food Connection team. She is our go-to person for Chinese translations for the entire department. Marie is smart, level headed and dedicated to our mission. She is helping us reach so many more people […]

22 02, 2017

Q&A with Cat Cvengros

February 22nd, 2017|

We sat down with Cat Cvengros, our new vice president of development and marketing at Second Harvest Food Bank, to learn more about her. Cat’s most recent position was chief development officer at Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) in Santa Rosa. In addition to being a highly skilled fund developer, she is passionate about our mission to create a hunger-free community. Q: Tell me a little bit about your professional life. I served in the Peace Corps as a community health educator […]

5 02, 2017

Poverty Simulation: Increasing Understanding and Inspiring Change

February 5th, 2017|

An event promotion popped up in my Facebook Newsfeed – a “Poverty Simulation” was happening at the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church on the same day as Inauguration Day. I clicked on the link and found out the event was hosted by Sunnyvale Community Services, one of Second Harvest Food Bank’s over 320 partner agencies in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. In partnership with Sunnyvale Community Services, Downtown Streets Team was facilitating the poverty simulation […]

4 02, 2017

On the Front Lines: Fighting Senior Hunger

February 4th, 2017|

It was early on a chilly Tuesday morning when I visited Trinity Church of Sunnyvale. The sun wasn’t even up yet but there were people hard at work unpacking food that was just delivered from a Second Harvest Food Bank truck. This morning’s bounty included rice, bread, eggs, and lots of fresh produce including zucchini, carrots, celery, pears, apples and oranges. The volunteers set up tables and then organized the food so that heavier, sturdier items were first and the fragile, more easily crushed items were at the end of the line. […]