/Childhood Hunger
22 02, 2017

Sacrificing it All for Her Daughter

Nichelle had a series of good jobs and a nice car. Then she lost her job during the Great Recession in 2009. While unemployed Nichelle became pregnant and couldn’t afford to stay in her apartment. After the birth of her daughter Lilliana she spent many months living on the couches of friends and family. In 2013 her father, a retired veteran, was evicted from his home of 30 years. Nichelle and her father agreed to move in to a new place together in Millbrae, to ease the burden of rent. She now rents a room from her father, and shares the room with her 6-year-old daughter. […]

7 01, 2017

No New Funding or Improvements for Federal Child Nutrition Programs

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 […]

6 07, 2016

Summer Feeding Sites Provide Free Meals to Kids

Special Blog Post By: Cindy McCown, Second Harvest Food Bank Vice President of Community Engagement and Policy Summer is here and that means thousands of kids in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties won’t have access to the free and reduced-priced meals they rely on during the regular school year. Making sure their kids have enough healthy food to eat during the summer can be difficult for families […]

8 02, 2016

Collaborative Works Towards a Hunger-Free Summer

Special Blog Post By: Alisa Tantraphol, Second Harvest Food Bank Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships A Strong Public-Private Collaborative Works Towards a Hunger-Free Summer Imagine trying to make ends meet for your family on less than $45,000 per year here in the heart of Silicon Valley. According to the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, [...]

10 06, 2015

Protecting Kids From Hunger: A Pediatrician’s Perspective

Special Blog Post By: Dr. Rhea Boyd, Pediatrician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Children's Hospital Oakland Dr. Rhea Boyd is a pediatrician who works at Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s urgent care, as well as at Children’s Hospital Oakland’s teen clinic. She spoke to us about the impact that hunger has on children, and how local [...]

23 04, 2015

Kids: Authors Of Their Own Food Stories – Part 2

Special Blog Post by: Jessica Washburn, Writer and Food Educator In last month’s blog post, I wrote about my work with Second Harvest to facilitate a creative writing class for 5th and 6th graders at the nonprofit after school program, Redwood City Police Activities League. Completed in the fall of 2014, the class used writing [...]

3 04, 2015

School Pilot Program Empowers Families

Special Blog Post by: Marc Baker, Grants Manager What if we wanted to build a program from the ground up, without any history or any assumptions? That’s the question we asked ourselves through the creation of our innovative School Pilot Program. Second Harvest has joined forces with Sacred Heart Nativity School and Martha’s Kitchen in [...]

24 03, 2015

Creating Custom Solutions for Schools

Special Blog Post by: Marc Baker, Grants Manager Although Second Harvest has had a long tradition of working with schools, it has often been on a logistical level: do you have a parking lot we could use to distribute food once a month? Now, we are looking at schools and school districts as true partners [...]

23 03, 2015

Kids: Authors Of Their Own Food Stories – Part 1

Special Blog Post by: Jessica Washburn, Writer and Food Educator Over the past decade, I have taught kids of all ages cooking and witnessed repeatedly how students fall in love with simple, nourishing food when they make it themselves. If their hands have washed lettuce, chopped cucumbers and whisked a salad dressing, then they might [...]

20 03, 2015

Fighting Summer Hunger in East Palo Alto

Special Blog Post by: Marc Baker, Grants Manager For far too many local kids, summer is a time of anxiety—of wondering when there will be food to eat again. This is especially true in East Palo Alto, where 95% of the students live in households that meet the income eligibility for free or reduced-price meals [...]