/Stand up for kids
3 05, 2018

Schools are a Great Place to Reach Hungry Kids

May 3rd, 2018|

Alejandra, Oak Grove High School junior, is surrounded by food and rolling carts provided by Second Harvest Food Bank. Alejandra and her mother pick up free groceries at her high school every Monday afternoon. The 17-year-old junior hopes to someday be an engineer in the aerospace industry. Her dad works hard, but the [...]

2 04, 2018

Hunger Hurts Kids – Even in Silicon Valley

April 2nd, 2018|

Did your child eat breakfast today? Imagine the heartbreak of sending your kid to school on an empty stomach because you can’t afford food. Sadly, it happens in nearly every neighborhood in Silicon Valley, where 1 in 3 kids is at risk for hunger. That’s because the high cost of housing is making it difficult [...]

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. […]

19 05, 2016

An Invitation to Join Sheryl Sandberg

May 19th, 2016|

Special Blog Post By: Sheryl Sandberg, "Stand Up For Kids" Campaign Fundraising Council Co-Chair 1 in 3 kids in Silicon Valley is at risk of hunger. Often, hunger is invisible. An elementary teacher in San Jose asked her class to write down their favorite meal for dinner, but one boy didn't know what to write. [...]

1 05, 2015

Student Band Fights Local Hunger

May 1st, 2015|

We sat down with members of RAGAn,a group of Bay Area high school students who perform classical Indian music, to discuss their fight against local hunger. The students attend different schools, but they recently united for a fundraising concert benefiting Second Harvest. RAGAn includes Raama, Ajay, Geeta, Nitin, and Akshay. Their instruments include [...]

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 [...]

15 04, 2015

Share Your Childhood Food Memories on Social Media

April 15th, 2015|

As part of our Stand Up for Kids Campaign, we’re asking you to share your childhood food memories on social media from April 21 through May 4. It’s a chance for all of us to think about and share some food memories that we may not have thought about since we were kids. Or maybe [...]

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 [...]