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Local Hunger Fighters: Marie Kung

“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: Marie Kung, Food Connection Specialist, Second Harvest Food Bank Food Connection Field Manager Nicole Martinez hadthis to say about Marie Kung: “She is a valuable asset to the Food Connection team. She is our go-to person for Chinese translations for the entire department. Marie is smart, level headed and dedicated to our mission. She is helping us reach so many more people […]

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: local hunger fighters|Tags: , |0 Comments

Q&A with Cat Cvengros

We sat down with Cat Cvengros, our new vice president of development and marketing at Second Harvest Food Bank, to learn more about her. Cat’s most recent position was chief development officer at Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) in Santa Rosa. In addition to being a highly skilled fund developer, she is passionate about our mission to create a hunger-free community. Q: Tell me a little bit about your professional life. I served in the Peace Corps as a community health educator […]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: leadership, Staff Spotlight|Tags: , |0 Comments

Sacrificing it All for Her Daughter

Nichelle had a series of good jobs and a nice car. Then she lost her job during the Great Recession in 2009. While unemployed Nichelle became pregnant and couldn’t afford to stay in her apartment. After the birth of her daughter Lilliana she spent many months living on the couches of friends and family. In 2013 her father, a retired veteran, was evicted from his home of 30 years. Nichelle and her father agreed to move in to a new place together in Millbrae, to ease the burden of rent. She now rents a room from her father, and shares the room with her 6-year-old daughter. […]

Poverty Simulation: Increasing Understanding and Inspiring Change

An event promotion popped up in my Facebook Newsfeed – a “Poverty Simulation” was happening at the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church on the same day as Inauguration Day. I clicked on the link and found out the event was hosted by Sunnyvale Community Services, one of Second Harvest Food Bank’s over 320 partner agencies in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. In partnership with Sunnyvale Community Services, Downtown Streets Team was facilitating the poverty simulation […]

By | February 5th, 2017|Categories: Community Partner, events, Partner Agency, poverty|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

On the Front Lines: Fighting Senior Hunger

It was early on a chilly Tuesday morning when I visited Trinity Church of Sunnyvale. The sun wasn’t even up yet but there were people hard at work unpacking food that was just delivered from a Second Harvest Food Bank truck. This morning’s bounty included rice, bread, eggs, and lots of fresh produce including zucchini, carrots, celery, pears, apples and oranges. The volunteers set up tables and then organized the food so that heavier, sturdier items were first and the fragile, more easily crushed items were at the end of the line. […]

By | February 4th, 2017|Categories: Brown Bag, volunteer|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Nutrition Newbie: Not All Bacteria Are Bad!

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Luiza Naslausky, Nutrition Education Coordinator, Santa Clara County Our bodies are inhabited by a vast number of microbes, bacteria and other microorganisms that have colonized the different nooks and crannies throughout our body. Collectively these microbes are known as our human microbiota, and over the past decade, we have made tremendous discoveries about these microbes and what they do for our health and well-being. […]