/Tag:Stand up for kids
22 02, 2017

Sacrificing it All for Her Daughter

Nichelle had a series of good jobs and a nice car. Then she lost her job during the Great Recession in 2009. While unemployed Nichelle became pregnant and couldn’t afford to stay in her apartment. After the birth of her daughter Lilliana she spent many months living on the couches of friends and family. In 2013 her father, a retired veteran, was evicted from his home of 30 years. Nichelle and her father agreed to move in to a new place together in Millbrae, to ease the burden of rent. She now rents a room from her father, and shares the room with her 6-year-old daughter. […]

19 05, 2016

An Invitation to Join Sheryl Sandberg

Special Blog Post By: Sheryl Sandberg, "Stand Up For Kids" Campaign Fundraising Council Co-Chair 1 in 3 kids in Silicon Valley is at risk of hunger. Often, hunger is invisible. An elementary teacher in San Jose asked her class to write down their favorite meal for dinner, but one boy didn't know what to write. [...]

1 05, 2015

Student Band Fights Local Hunger

We sat down with members of RAGAn,a group of Bay Area high school students who perform classical Indian music, to discuss their fight against local hunger. The students attend different schools, but they recently united for a fundraising concert benefiting Second Harvest. RAGAn includes Raama, Ajay, Geeta, Nitin, and Akshay. Their instruments include [...]

23 04, 2015

Kids: Authors Of Their Own Food Stories – Part 2

Special Blog Post by: Jessica Washburn, Writer and Food Educator In last month’s blog post, I wrote about my work with Second Harvest to facilitate a creative writing class for 5th and 6th graders at the nonprofit after school program, Redwood City Police Activities League. Completed in the fall of 2014, the class used writing [...]

15 04, 2015

Share Your Childhood Food Memories on Social Media

As part of our Stand Up for Kids Campaign, we’re asking you to share your childhood food memories on social media from April 21 through May 4. It’s a chance for all of us to think about and share some food memories that we may not have thought about since we were kids. Or maybe [...]

3 04, 2015

School Pilot Program Empowers Families

Special Blog Post by: Marc Baker, Grants Manager What if we wanted to build a program from the ground up, without any history or any assumptions? That’s the question we asked ourselves through the creation of our innovative School Pilot Program. Second Harvest has joined forces with Sacred Heart Nativity School and Martha’s Kitchen in [...]

24 03, 2015

Creating Custom Solutions for Schools

Special Blog Post by: Marc Baker, Grants Manager Although Second Harvest has had a long tradition of working with schools, it has often been on a logistical level: do you have a parking lot we could use to distribute food once a month? Now, we are looking at schools and school districts as true partners [...]

23 03, 2015

Kids: Authors Of Their Own Food Stories – Part 1

Special Blog Post by: Jessica Washburn, Writer and Food Educator Over the past decade, I have taught kids of all ages cooking and witnessed repeatedly how students fall in love with simple, nourishing food when they make it themselves. If their hands have washed lettuce, chopped cucumbers and whisked a salad dressing, then they might [...]

20 03, 2015

Fighting Summer Hunger in East Palo Alto

Special Blog Post by: Marc Baker, Grants Manager For far too many local kids, summer is a time of anxiety—of wondering when there will be food to eat again. This is especially true in East Palo Alto, where 95% of the students live in households that meet the income eligibility for free or reduced-price meals [...]

18 02, 2015

My Personal Experience With Hunger

Special Blog Post by: Suzanne Liu, Second Harvest board member My experience with hunger is a personal one. Two months after my younger brother was born, he got sick. What doctors diagnosed as a common cold was meningitis, and days later my brother passed away. In his grief, my father became addicted to drugs. We [...]