/Childhood Hunger
26 06, 2017

When Hunger Hits: School’s Out, but Hunger Isn’t

June 26th, 2017|

The stunning image Benjamin Von Wong created of a spy stealthily dropping down from the ceiling to “sneak” food looks like a scene from a summer blockbuster movie. But for many kids, summer isn’t about movies or other fun activities. For these kids, summer is a time to worry about getting enough to eat. That’s [...]

14 06, 2017

When Hunger Hits: Who’s Hungry?

June 14th, 2017|

Benjamin Von Wong’s portrayal of kids foraging for food may be fantastical, but child hunger is all too real. They may not be scaling mountains to get food, but there are kids in nearly every neighborhood who are worried they won’t get enough to eat on any given day. Imagine coming home from school and finding nothing to eat. The cupboards are bare and the refrigerator is empty. Kids tell us they feel scared when there’s no food in the house. This is happening in homes all across America. Yes, right here in the land of plenty. It’s a problem that’s often hidden. […]

6 06, 2017

When Hunger Hits: An Epic Quest for Food

June 6th, 2017|

This inspiring journey to see child hunger from a different angle started with a chance encounter at last year’s EG Conference between epic photographer Benjamin Von Wong and Second Harvest supporter Lise Buyer, who underwrote the project. What followed was months of brainstorming and hard work that culminated in two hectic days of photo shoots, costume changes, and set-designing on the fly. The result is five incredible photos that bring a new reality to the often hidden problem of child hunger. […]

5 06, 2017

Summer Feeding Sites: A Critical Nutrition Link For Thousands of Kids

June 5th, 2017|

Special Blog Post By: Cindy McCown, Vice President of Community Engagement and Policy For some kids, summer means going on vacation, attending specialized camps and participating in other enrichment activities. I was one of those kids who got to go on a family vacation and attend camp every summer. I never once questioned where my next meal would come from. As I grow in my knowledge about the issue, I came to appreciate that I did not have that stress or worry of not knowing where my next meal would come from. 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 school year. […]

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. […]

22 02, 2017

Sacrificing it All for Her Daughter

February 22nd, 2017|

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

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 […]

6 07, 2016

Summer Feeding Sites Provide Free Meals to Kids

July 6th, 2016|

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

February 8th, 2016|

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

June 10th, 2015|

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 [...]