/Client Story
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. […]

30 10, 2016

Nurturing Angelica’s Excellence

Patrick Manigque and his family are real clients of Second Harvest Food Bank and are featured in this year’s Holiday Food and Fund Drive materials. Meet the people that you’ve seen on our food donation barrels: After migrating from the Philippines to become a teacher, Joy left behind the love of her life, Patrick. Patrick had planned the entire wedding while Joy studied Special Education training in Maryland. At her first opportunity to return and get married […]

23 12, 2015

Meet Dina Torrez

Special Blog Post By: Dina, Volunteer and Client I'm from South San Jose, and I have lived here for most of my life. I have three children, and although they are a bit older now, if it hadn't been for Second Harvest, I don't know how I would have put food on the table. My [...]

22 09, 2015

Meet Stan Travis

Special Blog Post By: Stan, Volunteer and Client Stan has been a dedicated volunteer for Second Harvest since 2006. He’s also a client, father of seven, grandfather, and a tireless community volunteer. I was working as a civil engineer on the East Coast and severely injured my back on the job. Soon after, my company [...]

12 07, 2015

Food as Medicine – Nutritious Meals Matter to Ardys

Special Blog Post By: Ardys, Brown Bag Volunteer and Client Food is inseparably linked to health and nutritious food keeps seniors strong. Seniors at risk of hunger are vulnerable to chronic health conditions. According to a study by Feeding America and National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, compared to their peers, seniors at risk of [...]

1 12, 2014

Two Parents, One Income

Like any parents, Patrick and Joy prioritize providing nutritious meals and snacks for their daughter, Angelica. Angelica needs healthy food to fuel her packed (especially for a 6-year-old) schedule: She recites poems to the seniors at church, plays piano, and helps her mom, a kindergarten teacher, tutor kids after school. Says Patrick: "We live in [...]

28 09, 2014

When I Help My Community, I Help Myself

Special Blog Post by: Sandra, Second Harvest client and volunteer In the food distribution line at Our Lady of Guadalupe church, Sandra is the first volunteer that hundreds of people meet. Sandra greets every person with a cheerful "good morning" or "buenos días.” She works up a sweat doling out broccoli, carrots, onions, and strawberries [...]

3 09, 2014

Stan, Local Senior, is ‘Paying It Ahead’

Special Blog Post by: Erin Burns, Creative Manager at Second Harvest Food Bank On the third Monday of every month - in between his numerous other volunteer commitments, serving as a pastor, and providing for his son and grandson - Stan orchestrates Second Harvest’s grocery distribution for a Daly City community center. He swoops in [...]

17 06, 2014

David is Grateful for the Help He Receives

Special Blog Post By: David, a client of Second Harvest My name is David. If it weren’t for Second Harvest Food Bank and the meals I get at Martha’s Kitchen in San Jose, life would be harder than it already is. I’ve been homeless for six years. I’m doing good, but I wish I was [...]

30 04, 2014

First My Child, and Then Me

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 [...]