Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

aka Second Harvest   |   San Jose, CA   |  www.shfb.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1979

CEO

Leslie Bacho

Main address

750 Curtner Avenue

San Jose, CA 95125 USA

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EIN

94-2614101

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Even before COVID-19, Second Harvest was responding to a level of food insecurity in Silicon Valley that indicated there was already a crisis, providing groceries to a record number of clients every month. Low-wage earners and their families struggled to be self-sufficient in one of the costliest areas in the country. When the pandemic shuttered the economy and many people lost their jobs, the need doubled almost overnight. Second Harvest is now serving an average of 450,000 people a month, an 80% increase over pre-pandemic levels. We do not expect the number of people accessing our services to ever return to pre-pandemic levels based on our experience after the recession in 2008, which permanently increased the number of people we served. Instead, we anticipate the elevated and significant need for food assistance to stay steady for years to come.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grocery Programs

Our grocery programs provide free nutritious groceries and fresh produce to our neighbors who can’t afford healthy food. Volunteers distribute the food, and many of them are also clients. Seniors and homebound adults receive home delivery.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

We partner with more than 300 nonprofit agencies in Silicon Valley to distribute food. These include schools, affordable housing complexes, senior centers, community groups, soup kitchens, rehabilitation centers, shelters and faith-based organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Low-income people
Working poor

Our Food Connection team helps people find free groceries and other food resources in their neighborhood. Our multilingual staff provides referrals to local food programs, including school and summer meals, and helps people apply for CalFresh. In-house, we have Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese, Cantonese and Mandarin speakers, and we also work with a language support line run by a third party so that language is never a barrier. Our team of volunteer Promotores, who are trusted sources of information in their communities, help us reach underserved populations. Last year we had 35 Promotores speaking 7 languages.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Second Harvest works with school districts and community partners to maximize the use of federally funded school meals. But during the summer, students lose access to this important source of nutrition, so we are leading local efforts to increase the number of sites where kids and teens can get a free meal when school is out, and make sure families know about them.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We help people eat healthier through nutrition education, food tastings, food-safety trainings, recipe tip cards and cooking demonstrations. Our nutritionists teach clients how to prepare satisfying meals with the food they receive from Second Harvest.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Second Harvest educates policymakers and stakeholders about the importance of strong programs and collaboration in addressing hunger and related health issues. We work with local, state and national organizations to advocate for legislation and policy changes that strengthen food and nutrition programs, and create systems change to end hunger.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2010

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Second Harvest increased the amount of food it provided to the community this fiscal year, distributing 91.6 million pounds – enough food for more than 76 million meals.

Pounds of fresh produce distributed per year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Even at the elevated level of need we are responding to we are still focused on nutrition: we have aimed to keep our mix of groceries as close to 50% produce and 25% protein/dairy as possible.

Number of people screened for CalFresh

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Connection

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Second Harvest is committed to doing whatever it takes to build a hunger-free community. That means distributing nutritious food to nearly every neighborhood in Silicon Valley, 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 working to ensure that that everyone in our community has the nutritious food they need to fully engage in their lives.

• We distribute food through over 300 partners at more than 900 sites across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, including 130+ safety-focused, low-touch drive-thru distributions providing pre-boxed food, and a home delivery program serving homebound seniors and adults.
• 76% of what we distribute is donated by growers, food manufacturers, processors, wholesalers, distributors and retailers. We also purchase food at wholesale prices to supplement what is donated to ensure we’re consistently providing clients with a healthy variety of food.
• Our Nutrition Policy continues to guide our efforts to provide the highest quality food possible. Even at the elevated level of need we are responding to we have aimed to keep our mix of groceries as close to 50% produce and 25% protein/dairy as possible.
• We have a multilingual team of specially trained staff who answer our Food Connection hotline and work out in the community connecting people to food, including federal nutrition programs. We also have a language support line run by a third party so that language is never a barrier. Our team of volunteer Promotores, who are trusted sources of information in their communities, help us reach underserved populations.
• Our nutrition team provides a host of virtual education options and we have an innovative Health Ambassador program with trained volunteers who work in the community to promote good nutrition and instill healthy eating habits. We also work closely with medical providers to meet the needs of their food insecure patients and create deeper impact.
• We advocate for anti-hunger policies on the local, state and national levels.
• Volunteers are critical to our operations, and help us sort, box and distribute food.
• We provide food to our partners at no cost. We view this as a vital way to support our diverse community and get nutritious food to more people who need it. Many of our partners are small nonprofits with limited budgets and fundraising capacity. With free and nutritious food, they can focus their time and resources on their area of expertise.

Leadership and collaboration: Second Harvest is the local leader in ending hunger. We have built a strong partner network that includes 300 nonprofit organizations that help us distribute food in nearly every neighborhood in Silicon Valley. We also collaborate with schools, libraries, community organizations, government entities and others to ensure that kids and families have access to nutritious meals during the school year and all summer long.

Facilities: We operate four facilities located in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties: a 22,000 square-foot warehouse in San Carlos, a 75,000 square-foot warehouse and volunteer center in North San Jose, a 92,000 square foot warehouse in San Jose, and a 65,000-square-foot warehouse in South San Jose.

Efficient sourcing: We only purchase food when absolutely necessary – last year 76% of the food we sourced was donated.

Volunteers: We are able to increase our impact by leveraging a significant amount of volunteer hours. Last year volunteers contributed 208,000 hours of service valued at $4.96M, the equivalent of 100 full-time employees.

Stewardship: We are excellent stewards of our resources. Second Harvest has received Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for financial stability, accountability and transparency – exceeding industry standards – for 14 years.

National network: We are a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks that share best practices.

Second Harvest faced the unexpected — an extraordinary year and a half that required an unparalleled level of support for those most impacted by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. After shelter-in-place was ordered, we quickly ramped up our operations to meet the dramatic increase in the number of people who sought food assistance, many of whom found themselves in need for the very first time. We began sourcing and boxing twice the amount of food, opened drive-thru food distributions, expanded home delivery, added 15 more trucks to our fleet, opened a fourth warehouse and increased our staff by nearly 40%, among other changes.

Because the pandemic exacerbated longstanding inequality in Silicon Valley, we are now seeing a “K-shaped recovery.” The K represents the different experiences within our community since the pandemic began. The upward stroke represents those who could work from home during shelter in place and benefited from surging stock prices and increasing asset values. The downward stroke represents those who lost jobs or wages and have accumulated months’ worth of rent debt, overdue bills and a loss of income/wages/savings. In a recent survey of Second Harvest clients, more than half indicated their financial situation has gotten worse during the pandemic. The K-shaped recovery is why we’ll likely see ongoing need for food assistance remain at historically high levels – the impact of the pandemic will be long lasting.

Financials

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Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Babulak

Strongpoint Holdings

Brian Birtwistle

Indigo Ag

Mark Chandler

Cisco Systems

Merry Ayres

Coupa

Leslie Bacho

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

Pastor Paul Bains

Project WeHOPE

Susan Blanco

Capital Clarity

Chris Cook

Tech Executive, Volunteer and Philanthropist

Ellen Drew

Volunteer and Philanthropist

Erin Hoffmann

Technologist and Philanthropist

Josh Kahn

ServiceNow

Venk Nathamuni

Maxim Integrated

Richard Svec

Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Adrienne Felt

Director of Engineering, Google

Jamillah Moore

San Francisco State University

Lisa Rosas

Stanford University

Tina Sunseri

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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