/Tag:Advocacy
7 06, 2010

Defense Authorization Bill Includes Support for Child Nutrition Programs

June 7th, 2010|

Last Thursday, the House voted on an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill. The amendment, sponsored by McGovern (D-MA), Emerson (R-MO), Bishop (D-GA), includes a “Sense of Congress” stating that hunger and obesity are impairing military recruitment and must be properly addressed by fully funding Child Nutrition Programs. An encouraging 341 members voted to support [...]

18 03, 2010

Hunger and Obesity – Understanding the Paradox

March 18th, 2010|

Across the board, the waistline of America is growing. You can see it in every demographic, including those struggling with poverty.Last month, the results of a national hunger study were released by Feeding America, and we highlighted local statistics on our blog. Around the same time, First Lady Michelle Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack [...]

17 03, 2010

Plant A Row for the Hungry provides support to local gardeners working to end hunger

March 17th, 2010|

Second Harvest Food Bank is committed to providing foods that nourish to those in need. Fruits and vegetables fresh from the garden can have a profound impact on the health and well-being of our clients. If you are a gardener or produce more fruit than you and your family can eat, please familiarize yourself with [...]

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 [...]