Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

aka SHFB

San Jose, CA

Mission

Lead our community to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one.

Ruling Year

1979

CEO

Leslie Bacho

Main Address

750 Curtner Avenue

San Jose, CA 95125 USA

Keywords

Food Assistance, Hunger, Low-income People

EIN

94-2614101

 Number

2854942782

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The booming economy has sent the cost of housing soaring, leaving many families and seniors with little left over for food. It's what Second Harvest calls the Silicon Valley hunger paradox — as the economy grows, so does the number of people who need food. Even those we depend on to make our community run can't afford to pay for housing and put nutritious food on the table — cooks, cashiers, healthcare workers and teachers.

That doesn't bode well for our community because nutritious food is the foundation for a healthy, productive life. Without it, we can't fully engage in our lives.

An estimated 700,000 Silicon Valley residents – 1 in 4 – are at risk of hunger, according to a study we commissioned. That leaves an estimated 440,000 of us who may not be getting the nutritious food we need.

Our programs

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Second Harvest Food Bank

Grocery Programs

Community Partners

CalFresh Outreach

School and Summer Meals

Nutrition Education

Advocacy

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Charting Impact

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Second Harvest is committed to building a hunger-free community. That means distributing nutritious food to nearly every neighborhood in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, leveraging every available food resource, and collaborating with organizations and people who share our belief that hunger is unacceptable. Nutritious food is the foundation for a healthy, productive life. We are pulling every lever to ensure that we all have the food we need to fully engage in our lives.

Second Harvest is poised to tackle the hunger problem in Silicon Valley. We're enhancing our operations while exploring new and innovative ways to connect more people to food. We're growing the number of school pantries and distribution sites, and creating new partnerships, so people can access free healthy food right in their neighborhoods.

For more than 40 years Second Harvest has provided food to individuals who had nowhere else to turn to access one of life's most basic needs: food. Collaborative Program Model: We partner with 309 community-based organizations to distribute the food we source. We provide food to 985 distribution sites – from soup kitchens to food pantries. Facilities: Second Harvest owns and operates three facilities located in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties: a 22,000 square foot warehouse and volunteer center in San Carlos; a 65,000 square foot warehouse in South San Jose; and a 75,000 square foot warehouse and volunteer center in North San Jose. Efficient Sourcing: We only purchase food when absolutely necessary – 75 percent of the food we sourced last year was donated. Volunteers: We leveraged more than 314,000 volunteer hours last year, the equivalent of 151 full-time employees. National Network: We are a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks.

Efficiency: 95 percent of contributions go to client programs. Food Distribution: Last fiscal year, we provided more than 65 million pounds of food to the community, the equivalent of nearly 55 million meals. Nutrition: Half the food we provides is fresh produce and nearly 25 percent is dairy and protein. Connecting More People to Food: Last year we provided nearly 21,000 referrals to free food programs and prescreened more than 25,000 people for CalFresh. Leveraging Public Resources: Last year we engaged with 66 schools to increase the use of school meals. Last summer, we connected schools, libraries and summer camps to federal dollars and provided infrastructure that enabled the delivery of over 650,000 meals to children. Operational Metrics: Our board of directors closely monitors a variety of measures on a regular basis. Organizational metrics span all areas of our operation: financials, inventory turns, food waste, types of food collected, etc.

For the 12th year in a row, we have earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Attaining the highest possible rating indicates that we adhere to sector best practices and execute our mission in a highly efficient way. Over the past 10 years, we have increased pounds distributed by 68 percent – from 39 million pounds to more than 65 million pounds. We are one of only a few food banks in the country that does not charge for the food we provide. Half the food we provide is fresh produce and nearly 25 percent is dairy and protein. There is still a huge gap between the number of people at risk for hunger and those who currently get food. We have intensified efforts to learn more about our clients and tailor services to their needs. Our efforts will inform the development of pilot projects that hold promise in their ability to connect more people to food. We will build on what we learn and use the information to make food more accessible.

External Reviews

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External Assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2017)

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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