/Volunteers
29 04, 2017

Second Harvest’s Junior League Nominees

April 29th, 2017|

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, we wanted to let you know about two very special people who volunteer with Second Harvest.  Every year the Food Bank nominates a couple of our thousands of volunteers to be recognized by the Junior League of San Jose for their volunteering efforts. This year, we nominated Amanda West and Allen Cade. [...]

26 04, 2017

Promotores de Second Harvest “Live in the Need”

April 26th, 2017|

My name is Vicky Avila-Medrano. My job at the Food Bank is to serve as Food Connection Coordinator of our team of volunteer Promotores de Second Harvest. "Promotores" is Spanish for “promoters.” I began working with one of Second Harvest’s partners, El Cancilio, in San Mateo County in 1997. I grew the Promotores program there and, [...]

2 03, 2017

Health Ambassadors Make Nutritious Eating Easy

March 2nd, 2017|

March is National Nutrition Month so we are taking a closer look at some of the volunteers who help our clients eat right. While the Food Bank provides an abundance of healthy options, we also want to ensure clients understand the basics of nutrition and know how to use the produce we offer to maximize their health. We have a team of nutritionists on staff, butwith food distributions occurring at over 850 sites in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, they can’t do it alone. To reach more people with their important […]

4 01, 2017

Inside the Food Bank: Prepping the Product for Volunteers

January 4th, 2017|

It’s 7:30 a.m. at our Cypress Center and our staff is already getting set up to host volunteers for the day. The Volunteer Services staff rarely gets down time with hundreds of volunteers coming through our buildings daily. While it keeps our staff busy, distributing nearly 1.2 million pounds of food per week to our neighbors in need would be impossible without help from volunteers. The day starts with an empty sort room and within two hours it is set up to host 50+ volunteers for the first shift. Since Cypress Center is our produce hub, the volunteer sorts have to be prepped just before the volunteers arrive since the fruits and vegetables […]

2 01, 2017

Giving Time: Heidi Gonzalez

January 2nd, 2017|

“Giving Time” focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 310,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff. Special Blog Post featuring Heidi Gonzalez, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank. Heidi poses with SJ Gigante during one of her volunteer shifts. My name is Heidi Gonzalez. I started volunteering at Second Harvest in the 1990s when […]

6 10, 2016

Giving Time: Yolanda Gutiérrez

October 6th, 2016|

“Giving Time” focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff. Special Blog Post featuring Yolanda Gutiérrez, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank. I work for a company called QTS, and it has a community impact program where each employee is given 24 hours per year to volunteer within the community, with the charity of their choice. I chose to work with Second Harvest Food Bank because […]

4 10, 2016

Local Hunger Fighters: Donna Duval

October 4th, 2016|

“Local Hunger Fighters” is a series that spotlights our awesome supporters and staff who help raise awareness of hunger in our community and motivate people to get involved. Local Hunger Fighter: Donna Duval, Programs & Services Volunteer How are you helping Second Harvest and our community? I am helping Second Harvest and our community by volunteering at the Curtner Center in San Jose for almost two years, using my clerical […]

3 08, 2016

My Year of Service Advocating for Healthy Futures

August 3rd, 2016|

Special Blog Post By:  Coleen Ju, AmeriCorps VISTA, Volunteer and Resource Coordinator For the past year, I have had the honorable pleasure of serving as Second Harvest Food Bank’s first ever AmeriCorps VISTA. Working for this amazing organization has been […]

1 07, 2016

Giving Time: Lynn Crawford

July 1st, 2016|

“Giving Time” focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff. Special Blog Post featuring Lynn Crawford, Agency Office Volunteer, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank. My name is Lynn Crawford and I’ve been volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank for over six years. I volunteer in the agency office. Second Harvest has hundreds of so-named partner agencies. The partner agencies run their own places and they do the handing out of a lot of the food to the folks who need it. […]

1 06, 2016

Giving Time: Pat Putnam

June 1st, 2016|

"Giving Time" focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff. Special Blog Post featuring Pat Putnam, Development Operations Volunteer, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank. I've been volunteering at Second Harvest for about 12 years. [...]