/Volunteers
1 04, 2015

Giving Back with Purpose and Heart

"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. April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and in this special edition of our “Local Hunger Fighters” series, we are spotlighting a few of our Team Leaders. They are [...]

27 01, 2015

Teaching Healthy Habits

Special Blog Post by: Susan, Second Harvest Volunteer Health Ambassador Susan has been a volunteer with Second Harvest’s Health Ambassador program since last September. She is a wife and mother of three, a former electrical technician, and soon-to-be graduate with a B.A. in nutrition, and an emphasis on education. I'm a San Jose native and [...]

26 06, 2014

Nathan is Making a Difference and You Can Too

Special Blog Post By: Nathan, volunteer My name is Nathan and I am a senior at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose. Volunteering and helping others runs in my family. My sister, Tracy, works for Second Harvest Food Bank and helped me get started volunteering at events and food distribution sites. For the past [...]

7 01, 2014

Site Volunteers Make Our Mission Possible

You might recall this fun fact from our previous blog post - last year, volunteers from every walk of life generously gave us 310,000 hours of support, which is equivalent to 149 full-time staff or $6.3 million! What’s even more surprising is that we have a huge volunteer support base outside the Food Bank walls. [...]

14 08, 2012

Jack Fell in Love through Volunteering

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.

27 07, 2012

Family Food Sorts Engage Young Supporters this Summer!

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.

17 04, 2012

Village Harvest to the Rescue!

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 your yard clean.  Don't know what to [...]

16 04, 2012

Charlene Chooses to do the Right Thing

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 [...]

12 09, 2011

Randy Invites You to Volunteer

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 [...]

12 08, 2011

Meet Al

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.