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When Hunger Hits: Who’s Hungry?

Benjamin Von Wong’s portrayal of kids foraging for food may be fantastical, but child hunger is all too real. They may not be scaling mountains to get food, but there are kids in nearly every neighborhood who are worried they won’t get enough to eat on any given day. Imagine coming home from school and finding nothing to eat. The cupboards are bare and the refrigerator is empty. Kids tell us they feel scared when there’s no food in the house. This is happening in homes all across America. Yes, right here in the land of plenty. It’s a problem that’s often hidden. […]

Nutrition Newbie: Stay Cool This Summer

“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. […]

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Nutrition, nutrition newbie|Tags: , |0 Comments

When Hunger Hits: An Epic Quest for Food

This inspiring journey to see child hunger from a different angle started with a chance encounter at last year’s EG Conference between epic photographer Benjamin Von Wong and Second Harvest supporter Lise Buyer, who underwrote the project. What followed was months of brainstorming and hard work that culminated in two hectic days of photo shoots, costume changes, and set-designing on the fly. The result is five incredible photos that bring a new reality to the often hidden problem of child hunger. […]

Summer Feeding Sites: A Critical Nutrition Link For Thousands of Kids

Special Blog Post By: Cindy McCown, Vice President of Community Engagement and Policy For some kids, summer means going on vacation, attending specialized camps and participating in other enrichment activities. I was one of those kids who got to go on a family vacation and attend camp every summer. I never once questioned where my next meal would come from. As I grow in my knowledge about the issue, I came to appreciate that I did not have that stress or worry of not knowing where my next meal would come from. Thousands of kids in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties won’t have access to the free and reduced-priced meals they rely on during the school year. […]

By | June 5th, 2017|Categories: Childhood Hunger|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

2017 Harvest of Knowledge Partner Conference: Strengthen. Inspire. Transform.

Last month, over 250 staff members and volunteers from our community partners attended our Annual Harvest of Knowledge Partner Conference at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood City. It was an exciting day of learning, networking and celebrating local hunger-fighting leaders. The theme of this year’s conference was Strengthen. Inspire. Transform. The goal was to strengthen the capacity of our partners to serve clients, inspire those partners to enhance and improve their work with new ideas and tools, and […]