/Tag:Advocacy
2 04, 2018

A Visit to the Capitol: 2018 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference

April 2nd, 2018|

Special Blog Post By: Zia MacWilliams, Manager of Federal Children’s Nutrition Programs In February, Second Harvest Food Bank supported my Community Engagement and Policy (CEP) team's attendance at the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, co-sponsored by Feeding America and the Food Research and Action Center, in Washington, D.C. I felt lucky to attend the three-day conference with [...]

8 02, 2018

Feeding America 2017 Advocacy Hall of Fame

February 8th, 2018|

We’re happy to share that we’ve been honored as a member of Feeding America’s 2017 Advocacy Hall of Fame! Forty two food banks across the country met the criteria which included completing activities in five different challenge areas that show our efforts at federal, state and local levels to inform and communicate with our elected [...]

6 02, 2018

This Is Hunger: Together We Can Transform How It Is Into How It Should Be

February 6th, 2018|

Recently, many of our staff attended the This is Hunger traveling exhibit organized by Mazon, a nonprofit whose goal is to end hunger among all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. All of our staff reported that the exhibit was memorable, meaningful and one-of-a-kind! Here's why... The faces of hunger in America are both [...]

6 12, 2017

When Housing is ‘On the Table’ in Silicon Valley

December 6th, 2017|

On November 15, 2017, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation sponsored “On the Table Silicon Valley,” a one-day event bringing thousands of local people throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to eat and talk about our region's housing challenges and possible solutions. According to SVCF, more than 700 hosts led conversations with over 6,000 participants. [...]

5 04, 2017

Food is Foundational: Hunger Action Summit Recap

April 5th, 2017|

Our annual Hunger Action Summit was held on March 14th in partnership with Santa Clara University’s Food and Agribusiness Institute. Over 200 people gathered to hear the latest update about hunger in our community and discuss ways that we can work toward Second Harvest’s vision of a hunger-free community. The Summit focused on the idea that food is foundational. As Cat Cvengros, our VP of Development and Marketing said, “That’s why hunger needs a seat at the table when we talk about key policy issues like education, health and […]

3 03, 2017

Engaging with Government: First Annual Legislative Breakfasts

March 3rd, 2017|

Second Harvest Food Bank recently held our First Annual Legislative Breakfasts, one for Santa Clara County legislators and one for San Mateo County legislators. We invited representatives from all different levels of government – local, state and federal – to attend and learn more about the Food Bank, our legislative priorities and how they can help us in our vision of a hunger-free community. […]

2 02, 2017

Feeding America 2016 Advocacy Hall of Fame

February 2nd, 2017|

Second Harvest Food Bank has been honored as a member of Feeding America’s 2016 Advocacy Hall of Fame. Nearly 40 food banks across the country met the criteria which included completing activities in five different challenge areas that show our efforts at the federal, state and local levels to inform and communicate with our elected officials and community members about hunger issues. […]

7 01, 2017

No New Funding or Improvements for Federal Child Nutrition Programs

January 7th, 2017|

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 […]

6 07, 2016

Summer Feeding Sites Provide Free Meals to Kids

July 6th, 2016|

Special Blog Post By: Cindy McCown, Second Harvest Food Bank Vice President of Community Engagement and Policy Summer is here and that means 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 regular school year. Making sure their kids have enough healthy food to eat during the summer can be difficult for families […]

4 04, 2016

Too Hungry to Learn: 2016 Hunger Action Summit Recap

April 4th, 2016|

At last month's Hunger Action Summit, an annual forum that sparks conversation and inspires action to end local hunger, speakers addressed what it will take to ensure that the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs has access to the nutritious food they need to succeed academically. Organized by Second Harvest Food Bank and Santa Clara [...]