We often hear of people who fall in love with volunteering, but it’s not everyday that our volunteers fall in love through giving back. One of our dedicated food sort team leaders, Jack (who we affectionately refer to as “Pallet Jack”), did just that. Years after meeting the love of his life over bins of food, he is happily married and the proud father of young twins, who we’re sure will follow in the footsteps of their community-minded parents. Meet Jack and see why volunteering holds an uncommonly large place in his heart. . . . → Read More: Jack Fell in Love through Volunteering
Teenagers have many rites of passage, like driving a car, buying a lottery ticket, and our personal favorite, being able to volunteer. You probably know that 14 has been Second Harvest Food Bank’s minimum volunteer age for years due to safety concerns. However, with the opening of Cypress Center and its protected food sorting rooms, we are excited to offer a few family food sorts this summer to welcome hunger fighters as young as 10. . . . → Read More: Family Food Sorts Engage Young Supporters this Summer!
Village Harvest volunteer John Turner hauls a harvest of oranges
If it’s raining apples and oranges where you live, read on. Providing healthy food is a top priority for Second Harvest and by opening the gates to your bounty of backyard produce, you can give a neighbor in need access to fruits and vegetables while keeping . . . → Read More: Village Harvest to the Rescue!
My name is Charlene. I’ve received food from Second Harvest Food Bank for the past several years, and it means the world to me. But I also come to the Food Bank once a week to volunteer. And I come here for one specific reason.
For more than 20 years, I was an alcoholic. During that time, . . . → Read More: Charlene Chooses to do the Right Thing
Randy Silver never knew that the birth of triplets would change his life. They weren’t related to him, after all. What their birth marked was the beginning of his relationship with Second Harvest Food Bank.
Many years ago the food sort coordinator for his service club (the Kiwanis Club of San Carlos) had triplets and sought out . . . → Read More: Randy Invites You to Volunteer
Living on a severely limited income, Al relies on one of the Food Bank’s distribution sites for a steady supply of carrots, beans, fresh produce and “love.” Although Al has led a humble life, his heart is purely rich. He fondly recalls scenes from his childhood: his mother washing clothes in the sink or making tortillas on the family’s wood stove. What stands out most for Al is the warmth of those moments; feelings that he now experiences when receiving food and “love” from Second Harvest. . . . → Read More: Meet Al
Simply put, Second Harvest Food Bank could not operate without the thousands of volunteers who generously contribute their time and energy throughout the year. This month especially, we would like to thank our volunteers and highlight the impact of their efforts. . . . → Read More: April is National Volunteer Month!
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s day of service, local volunteers and Second Harvest Food Bank staff spent their morning sorting several tons of donated, non-perishable food items and apples for distribution to the hungry in the Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. . . . → Read More: Volunteers Honor the Memory of Dr. King
On Friday, July 9, volunteers from Cisco Systems, Ernst & Young, and Lockheed Martin rallied at the San Jose Convention Center on short notice to rescue food. The food show held by the National Association of College and University Food Services was wrapping up, and Second Harvest Food Bank staff quickly sourced 24 intrepid . . . → Read More: Volunteers Rally to Rescue over 8,000 Pounds of Food in San Jose