24 02, 2010

Nutrition is a priority – locally and nationally!

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!

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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 [...]

17 06, 2009

Quotes on Hunger

Our Advocacy intern, Natasha, found a wellspring of quotes on the issue of Hunger. I thought I'd share them with you and see if, in turn, you have some you would like to share with us. Please post your favorites to the comment section below and......may you be inspired!There are genuinely sufficient resources in the [...]

4 06, 2009

Stopped in its Tracks: Important Step Forward for Food Stamps and CalWORKS Reform

AB 1057, introduced by California Assembly member Jim Beall, Jr., was held in the Assembly fiscal committee, a victim of the state's budget crunch. The bill aims to simplify the Food Stamp and CalWORKS programs, thereby encouraging participation in these crucial social-safety net programs.But this bill has found itself in the Assembly Appropriations Suspense file [...]