15 03, 2010

Report from the 2010 National Anti-Hunger Conference

March 15th, 2010|

On March 7, our Senior Director of Programs and Services Cindy McCown, along with hundreds of other hunger advocates, converged on Washington D.C. for the 2010 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference. Co-sponsored by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Feeding America, the conference provided three days of innovative training, networking and advocacy. Cindy found [...]

2 03, 2010

Yelp Love for the Food Bank!

March 2nd, 2010|

Yelp is definitely a force to be reckoned with these days. Seems like every time I look up a business, their Yelp page is right at the top of the search results, and difficult to ignore. That's why it puts a huge grin on my face to see our supporters writing about their positive experiences [...]

24 02, 2010

Nutrition is a priority – locally and nationally!

February 24th, 2010|

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and First Lady Michelle Obama know fresh produce is invaluable to good health, and are spreading the word. (See the slideshow of their recent shopping adventure in North Philadelphia on The Huffington Post.)The support coming from the top to improve childhood nutrition is most welcome at Second Harvest. For [...]

20 01, 2010

Our own Cindy McCown nominated for a CFPA Stampy Award – Vote today!

January 20th, 2010|

Nominations for the 11th Annual Stampy Awards from across the state honor the efforts of individuals working to improve the Food Stamp Program in California. This year, our very own Cindy McCown has been nominated, along with Jim Beall, our hunger-fighting champion in the California State Assembly!Vote Now through January 31, 2010.We at Second Harvest [...]

30 09, 2009

Ending Childhood Hunger by 2015 Listening Session

September 30th, 2009|

The public is invited to attend a listening session hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in response to the Obama Administration’s challenge to federal agencies to eliminate childhood hunger by 2015. The listening session is being held at the Oakland Federal Building on Thursday, October 1st from [...]

10 09, 2009

2nd Annual Hunger Issues Forum for Santa Clara County

September 10th, 2009|

The September 10th Hunger Issues Forum was organized by the Food Bank and was sponsored by Santa Clara University’s Food & Agribusiness Institute and SCU’s Leavey School of Business. Approximately 125 attendees gained a better understanding of how childhood hunger affects our economy while learning about public policy opportunities and how to take action on [...]

5 08, 2009

Take Action: Help Restore the Brown Bag Program for Seniors

August 5th, 2009|

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and other food banks throughout California receive state funds for the Brown Bag Program for seniors. During the recent State budget process Governor Schwarzenegger's made the bold move of doing a line-item veto of the Brown Bag Program. Basically, he removed the program from [...]

10 07, 2009

Why Finger-Imaging is Bad News for Food Stamps

July 10th, 2009|

Bad news from Sacramento: Governor Schwarzenegger wants to not only keep the finger-imaging requirement for food stamp applicants, but expand finger-imaging to those receiving In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS).We at Second Harvest Food Bank are deeply concerned because many of the people we serve are also participants or are eligible for these crucial safety net programs. [...]

10 07, 2009

Ending the Cycle of Poverty: AB 433 brings us one step closer!

July 10th, 2009|

AB 433 is now law!No More Asset Test for Food Stamp Households with ChildrenA great victory has been achieved for families struggling to put food on the table. Food stamp households will now no longer be subject to an asset test, a crucial step to expanding participation in the Food Stamp Program, as well as [...]

18 06, 2009

State Budget Committee Votes to Preserve CalWORKs

June 18th, 2009|

Good News!On June 11th, the Budget Conference Committee voted 6 to 1 to reject the Governor's proposal to eliminate CalWORKs. The committee's vote likely ends serious attempts to eliminate the program. The committee had a long discussion about the other CalWORKs options put forth by the Administration and the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO). The committee [...]