Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties provides food for those in need. They do their best to offer fresh fruits, vegetables and meats (turkeys during the holiday season).
The most needed food donations are protein-rich: Tuna or canned meats, canned beans, peanut butter, stew, and meals in a can. Other foods that are needed: Canned fruit, low-sugar cereals, and 100% fruit juices.
The best way to help Second Harvest Food Bank is with donations of cash. They’re able to stretch your dollars further because they buy in bulk and have connections with California farmers.
If you need food, call Food Connection: 1-800-984-3663. They can tell you where to get free food at locations near your home or work. They also have information about qualifying and applying for CalFresh (Food Stamps.) and they can tell you where the closest summer meal sites for children are located.
Kathy Jackson is the CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties: