The Issue: Food Insecurity in the San Jose Area
Needing to skip a meal can feel devastating for a family—and it can be physically detrimental to developing children. But in 2011, according to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, low-income families in San Mateo Country missed 47 million meals. That’s because 54% of the food needs among these families went unmet, despite CalFresh benefits, school meal programs, and the local Food Bank. In fact, nearly 250,000 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties receive food from Second Harvest every month. An estimated one in three kids is at risk of hunger in Silicon Valley, meaning that they don’t always know where their next meal will come from.
The Campaign: Distributing Food to Hungry People
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to feed hungry individuals across the San Jose region. For every $10 raised, the organization can provide 20 meals for men, women, children, and seniors, contributing to the more than 1 million pounds of food the organization distributes every week.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Every month, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties provides nutrition for nearly 250,000 people—more than 1 million pounds of food every week. Among this is food donated from growers and retailers, as well as supplemental food purchased by the organization, including fresh produce, milk, and meat. This means that the organization and its volunteers work to provide underserved people with access to the vitamins and nutrients needed to stay healthy, distributing it through a network of 330 partner soup kitchens, children’s programs, and senior meal sites.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties also maintains a number of direct-service programs. The Brown Bag program, for instance, delivers food to low-income seniors, while the Kids NOW program supplies children who rely on school meal programs food to take home on the weekends. The organization also operates the Produce Mobile and Mobile Pantry programs, ensuring people in food deserts have a way to take home fresh fruits and vegetables as well as staple foods.