/Tag:food insecurity
8 12, 2013

CalFresh Outreach: How to Connect with Seniors

December 8th, 2013|

Our CalFresh team is out in the field, doing the crucial outreach necessary to find and help connect eligible participants to CalFresh/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Did you know that California ranks last among all states for SNAP participation? Less than half of those who are eligible in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties receive [...]

22 10, 2013

Let’s Get this Holiday Started

October 22nd, 2013|

Special Blog Post By: Kayla Haley, Community Relations & Events Associate at Second Harvest Food Bank We hope you’re ready for the holidays, because here at Second Harvest we sure are! Last week we kicked off the 2013 Holiday Food and Fund Drive at our Cypress Center facility. This annual event thanks our holiday campaign [...]

7 10, 2013

Making Too Little, Yet Too Much: Amanda and Felipe’s Story

October 7th, 2013|

Special Blog Post By: Amanda Parker, a client of Second Harvest Food Bank My name is Amanda. My husband Felipe and I are united in the belief that hard work and opportunity are the keys to making a better life for ourselves and our family of five. We believe that if you work hard, you [...]

3 09, 2013

Millie Gives (and Receives) Food Thanks to You

September 3rd, 2013|

My name is Millie. I’m not only a Food Bank volunteer but also a client. I first came to the East Palo Alto Senior Center when my husband passed away in 1986. I started attending a women’s therapy group and at one point, the others talked about the food they received from the [...]

31 05, 2013

Why the Farm Bill Could Significantly Increase Hunger – and How You Can Help

May 31st, 2013|

Special Guest Blog Post By: Cynthia McCown Cynthia McCown is Senior Director of Programs & Services for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. She has been monitoring progress on important federal legislation affecting low-income, food insecure households – The Farm Bill. “We  are very concerned about the proposed cuts to [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

21 10, 2008

Hunger a Rising Concern Among Americans as Economy Falters

October 21st, 2008|

Public Wants Issue Discussed in Campaign; Recent Polling Shows Need for Political Leadership on Hunger and PovertyAmerican families are increasingly worried about being able to afford enough food for their families and a substantial majority believes eliminating hunger should be a priority of the federal government and the next administration, according to a new review [...]