/Nutrition
2 05, 2018

Nutrition in Action: Thanks, Health Ambassadors!

May 2nd, 2018|

Cooking demo time! April was Volunteer Appreciation Month and the Nutrition Department is so grateful for our volunteer Health Ambassadors. We have about 65 active Health Ambassadors and they are the reason that we can teach 40,000 clients every year as the Nutrition Department staff is only 4 people! Handing out food [...]

2 03, 2018

Nutrition in Action: Making Unfamiliar Produce Prep Easy Through Photos

March 2nd, 2018|

"Nutrition in Action” is a series focused on what our Nutrition team is up to in the community. Special Blog Post By: Luiza Naslausky, Nutrition Education Coordinator, Santa Clara County As you know, we serve many members from different nationalities. Because of that, our Nutrition team is always equipped with information and recipes in different [...]

1 03, 2018

Local Hunger Fighter: Dr. Michelle Hauser

March 1st, 2018|

“Local Hunger Fighters” is a series that spotlights our awesome volunteers, community partners and donors who help raise awareness of hunger in our community and motivate people to get involved. This month, our Director of Services Anna Dyer nominated Dr. Michelle Hauser, a primary care physician, prevention researcher, medical educator and classically-trained chef who is [...]

1 02, 2018

Nutrition in Action: Get a Sizzling View of Cooking Healthy

February 1st, 2018|

"Nutrition in Action" is a series focused on what our Nutrition team is up to in the community. Special Blog Post By: Diana Garcia, Nutrition Education Coordinator Exciting news: our Nutrition Department is now making cooking videos! The idea came after the success of the cooking workshops we've been doing in the community and the [...]

8 01, 2018

Nutrition Newbie: Listen to Your Body

January 8th, 2018|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Director of Community Nutrition Slow down, breathe, disconnect and enjoy! As we enter into a new year, for many of us, it’s a time of resolutions, trying out new diets (detoxing from all of that sugar and eggnog?!) [...]

2 12, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: The Winter Blues Got You Down?

December 2nd, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Christina Jung, Dietetic Intern Do you find yourself with less energy, wanting to sleep more and craving carbohydrates these days? These are just a few symptoms of the winter blues (seasonal depression) that many of us experience during the shortest [...]

2 08, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: When Food is Medicine at the Food Bank

August 2nd, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Alex Navarro, Nutrition Education Coordinator, San Mateo County Many of Second Harvest Food Bank’s clients suffer from diet-related conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. This dilemma often leads them to make the tough decision of either paying their monthly bills or buying healthy, nutritionally adequate foods for themselves and their families. To help address this issue, Second Harvest partnered with Samaritan House Clinics and opened up the first Food Pharmacy in California  – where diabetic patients from the clinic can fill their “prescription” for wholesome, nutritious food. […]

7 06, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: Stay Cool This Summer

June 7th, 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 Summer is almost here and with it comes plenty of opportunities to ease the heat with ice cream, frozen yogurt and cold sugary drinks. When thirsty, you might find yourself thinking that a cold glass of lemonade or sweetened ice tea is the perfect answer. Unfortunately, these drinks are loaded with sugar as discussed in our last blog post. You might also think a frozen yogurt is a healthy snack to cool down with. Certainly, compared to ice cream, right? You are not alone. People are frequently mislead to believe frozen yogurt –a summertime favorite– is a healthy food option. […]

31 05, 2017

Oil Donation for Health

May 31st, 2017|

One in 3 of our clients reports a member of their household has diabetes and more than half of our clients report a member of their household has high blood pressure.  Last year we launched our Healthy Food & Beverage Policy, which aims to educate our community about foods to eat in order to maximize the health benefits of items received from the Food Bank and minimize the need for cheap, high-calorie, low-nutrition meals. As part of our policy, we’ve added spices and plant-based oils to our most need foods list. […]

3 05, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: What’s So Bad About Sugar-Sweetened Beverages?

May 3rd, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Nutrition Program Senior Manager   As part of our Healthy Food & Beverage Policy, we will no longer distribute sugar-sweetened beverages by 2019. So what exactly is a sugar-sweetened beverage and why are we picking on them? They are any liquid beverages that are sweetened with added sugar.  […]