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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. […]

3 02, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: Not All Bacteria Are Bad!

February 3rd, 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 Our bodies are inhabited by a vast number of microbes, bacteria and other microorganisms that have colonized the different nooks and crannies throughout our body. Collectively these microbes are known as our human microbiota, and over the past decade, we have made tremendous discoveries about these microbes and what they do for our health and well-being. […]

2 02, 2017

Feeding America 2016 Advocacy Hall of Fame

February 2nd, 2017|

Second Harvest Food Bank has been honored as a member of Feeding America’s 2016 Advocacy Hall of Fame. Nearly 40 food banks across the country met the criteria which included completing activities in five different challenge areas that show our efforts at the federal, state and local levels to inform and communicate with our elected officials and community members about hunger issues. […]

1 02, 2017

January Social Media Roundup

February 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. One-Third of Schoolchildren in Shadow of Silicon Valley Homeless, DIGITALJOURNAL.COM “Business Insider described Silicon Valley as being a prosperity paradox, with 76,000 millionaires and billionaires living on one end and thousands of others struggling to put food on the table […]

7 01, 2017

No New Funding or Improvements for Federal Child Nutrition Programs

January 7th, 2017|

Special Blog Post By: Cindy McCown, Second Harvest Food Bank Vice President of Community Engagement and Policy In 2016, individuals, organizations, faith communities and anti-hunger organizations including Second Harvest Food Bank worked hard with policymakers to reauthorize funding for the federal child nutrition programs.  Unfortunately, we were not able to do so. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (CNR) that governs many federal nutrition programs […]

5 01, 2017

Fighting Hunger at San Jose State University

January 5th, 2017|

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

January 4th, 2017|

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

January 3rd, 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. 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 […]