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No New Funding or Improvements for Federal Child Nutrition Programs

Special Blog Post By: Cindy McCown, Second Harvest Food Bank Vice President of Community Engagement and Policy In 2016, individuals, organizations, faith communities and anti-hunger organizations including Second Harvest Food Bank worked hard with policymakers to reauthorize funding for the federal child nutrition programs.  Unfortunately, we were not able to do so. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (CNR) that governs many federal nutrition programs […]

Fighting Hunger at San Jose State University

With 91,000 public college students (community and four-year/public schools) in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, hunger on college campus is a real problem in our community. A 2015 San Jose State University Student Food Access Survey of 5,000 students found: 21% sometimes/often didn’t eat for a full day 39% sometimes/often were hungry but didn’t eat because they didn’t have enough money 50% sometimes/often cut size of meals or skipped meals because theydidn’t have enough money […]

By | January 5th, 2017|Categories: Student Hunger|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Inside the Food Bank: Prepping the Product for Volunteers

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 […]

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Inside the Food Bank, volunteer, Volunteers|Tags: , , |0 Comments

December Social Media Roundup

“Social Media Round-Up” is an ‘ICYMI’ compilation of the top hunger-related news articles and other interesting tidbits posted on our social media profiles. U.S. Cities with the Fastest-Growing Economies, FORBES.COM “The fastest growing economy among large U.S. cities, by the numbers, is San Jose, California, which saw its GRP surge 43.6% between 2010 and 2015.” Eligible Immigrants Aren’t Applying for Food Stamp Benefits, TAKEPART.COM […]

Giving Time: Heidi Gonzalez

“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 […]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Giving Time, volunteer, Volunteers|0 Comments

Nutrition Newbie: Making Resolutions a Reality

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Nutrition Program Senior Manager Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely holiday season and are ready to start fresh in 2017. Each New Year, approximately half of Americans make resolutions, but only 8% of Americans succeed in meeting those goals. We’re going to share some insider tips to help YOU make your resolutions a reality in 2017! In one-on-one nutrition consulting sessions, nutritionists like […]

By | December 30th, 2016|Categories: Nutrition, nutrition newbie|Tags: , , , |0 Comments