Member News and Events — 15 April 2013

Second Harvest Food Bank Needs Your Help! Holiday fundraisers in San Carlos and elsewhere fell
short over the holidays. Now, Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties needs
help to continue feeding the thousands of struggling people seeking the organization’s help.
During the three-month holiday fundraiser, $12.1 million was generated, according to food bank officials.

The goal, however, was to raise $12.4   million, leaving Second Harvest $300,000, or 600,000 meals, shy of its goal, officials said.

In 2012, Second Harvest Food Bank provided roughly 41 million meals to the communities it serves at 740
sites, including soup kitchens, shelters, pantries and senior centers, throughout San Mateo and Santa
Clara counties, according to food bank officials. CEO Kathy Jackson said Second Harvest is the only
food bank in the Bay Area that does not charge for the food it provides. “That’s why the fundraising is
so important,” said Jackson. In order to avoid leaving some of the 250,000 people who eat meals from
Second Harvest each month hungry, the food bank is asking for the public’s help to close the $300,000
gap, dubbing the effort the “600,000 meal challenge,” Jackson said.

Anyone capable of providing support to the food bank
can call (866) 234-3663 or visit


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