/Childhood Hunger
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 [...]

23 04, 2015

Kids: Authors Of Their Own Food Stories – Part 2

April 23rd, 2015|

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

April 3rd, 2015|

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

March 24th, 2015|

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

March 23rd, 2015|

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

March 20th, 2015|

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 [...]

18 02, 2015

My Personal Experience With Hunger

February 18th, 2015|

Special Blog Post by: Suzanne Liu, Second Harvest board member My experience with hunger is a personal one. Two months after my younger brother was born, he got sick. What doctors diagnosed as a common cold was meningitis, and days later my brother passed away. In his grief, my father became addicted to drugs. We [...]

24 07, 2014

Doreen Knows What Children Need to Thrive

July 24th, 2014|

Special Blog Post By: Doreen, partner agency My name is Doreen and I work at the YMCA of Silicon Valley. Working with the YMCA’s After School and Enrichment Programs, I get to see firsthand how the food from Second Harvest Food Bank improves the lives of the children in our programs. The weekly truckload of [...]

17 05, 2014

Local Educator Stands Up for Her Students

May 17th, 2014|

Special Blog Post By: Lori, a volunteer site coordinator of Second Harvest Food Bank My name is Lori. I first became affiliated with Second Harvest 7 years ago when I was hired by Cabrillo School District in San Mateo County to coordinate a tutorial program. I coordinate the free breakfasts and snack program for students [...]

30 04, 2014

First My Child, and Then Me

April 30th, 2014|

Special Blog Post By: Norma, a volunteer and client of Second Harvest My name is Norma and I live in South City with my son Armando. He’s 12 and in 7th grade. I work at Marshalls part-time. I lost my partner several years ago and have struggled to keep enough food on the table. At [...]