“Local Hunger Fighters” is a series that spotlights our awesome supporters and staff who help raise awareness of hunger in our community and motivate people to get involved. Local Hunger Fighter: Alfonso Mendez, Operations Manager, Santa Maria Urban Ministry Alfonso has served as Operations Manager for Santa Maria’s Food Pantry, clothes closet, and educational programs since 2010. According to our Community Partnerships team, when Alfonso sees an additional need, he takes the steps to meet it. He recently came to the Food Bank to propose a new satellite food distribution site at St. Francis Episcopal Church. […]
UNFI is the leading national distributor of natural and organic foods and the company donates food to Second Harvest Food Bank two times per week. The Food Bank receives an astounding variety of wholesome food, including fresh eggs, milk, yogurt, cereal, snacks, frozen entrees and other assorted food products. This year UNFI’s total food donations are the equivalent of over 400,000 nutritious meals! This unbelievable amount of healthy food goes a long way to help […]
Special Blog Post featuring Vicky Martin of St. Joseph’s Family Center in Gilroy, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest’s Grocery Rescue Program is a collaborative effort between the Food Bank, local retailers, and select partner agencies. It is part of the Food Bank’s many food rescue efforts and has seen tremendous growth since its inception. In 2015, the program connected nearly 4 million pounds of perfectly good food with our neighbors in need. My name is Vicky Martin and I’m the Pantry Coordinator at St. Joseph’s Family Center in Gilroy. We’re one of Second Harvest’s southernmost […]
Special Blog Post By: Sam Greenberg, Food Resources Representative Over the past several months, I have been delivering personalized appreciation and a message of THANKS to our Grocery Rescue retail donors such as Walmart, Target, Sprouts Farmers Market and Lucky Supermarkets. In 2015, our 75+ retail donors donated more than 4 million pounds of grocery [...]
Are you a trivia fanatic? If you are, then you might already know that January 4th is National Trivia Day. :) Here are ten fun and intriguing facts about Second Harvest: Last year, we distributed nearly 52 million pounds of food to the community – that's 1 million pounds every week. We leveraged nearly 310,000 [...]
Did you know that nearly half of the food in grocery stores in America ends up in the trash if it’s not sold in time or isn’t “perfect” for the shelves? Our local Grocery Rescue program is saving healthy food destined for the dumpster and sharing it with our neighbors in need instead.