SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK
The face of hunger is all around us, and it is hard to see, especially in affluent areas like Silicon Valley where we live. Millions of Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from and the fight to end hunger is a long, ongoing, uphill battle.
These are just a few of the many reasons we chose November’s Mission to be focused on “Fighting Hunger” however we can and we chose to work with and support the Second Harvest Food Bank. Take a look at what we will be doing this month and join along however you can. Last year we collected 326 pounds of food and we would love to beat that this year!
Based in Silicon Valley, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation. Currently providing food to more than one-quarter of a million people every month, Second Harvest is a trusted community-based organization that was founded in 1974.
Despite the immense wealth in Silicon Valley, and partly due to the high cost of living, hunger and malnutrition are pervasive. The Food Bank distributes nutritious food, including more fresh produce than any other food bank in the country, through a network of over 320 nonprofit partners at more than 850 sites. Partner agencies include shelters, pantries, soup kitchens, children’s programs, senior meal sites, and residential programs.
In fiscal year 2017 (July 2016 – June 2017), Second Harvest distributed more than one million pounds of nutritious food each week to low-income people in need in every zip code of our service area from South San Francisco to Gilroy, and from the ocean to the bay.
MONTHLY MISSION OUTLINE
- Collect canned goods. // Most needed items: Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili), Tuna or canned chicken, Peanut butter, Canned foods with pop-top lids, Canned fruit in its own juice or water, Low-sodium canned vegetables, Olive or canola oil, Spices, Low-sugar whole grain cereals, Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit). Please avoid donating items packaged in glass. If you find glass items in your barrel, please package them in a box outside of your food collection barrel to prevent breakage.
- Drop off all your collected canned goods. // You can drop off your donation items at The Finding Kindness Project drop-off location: 14685 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032 OR email us for pick-up. We are happy to come get your donation items for you and drop them off as well. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUILDING A KINDNESS COOPERATIVE
Examples of how Rachel & Sue will be putting this Monthly Mission into action:
- If you are local, join us for the group shopping trip at Grocery Outlet afterschool on Wednesday, November 29th at 1:45. This is a great way for the kids to get hands-on picking out foods, reading labels and handling money. (see here for details).
- Taking a wagon around our neighborhoods with our kids after school collecting from neighbors.
- Reaching out to our immediate social circles; i.e. Girl Scout Troop, Gymnastics Gym, School Board, Hockey Team and Book Club
- Take a peek at our socials throughout the month to see what else we are doing to participate in raising a Kind generation. Use our hashtag, #kindcooperative, to follow along AND tag us so we can see how you are making the world a little more kind.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation instead you can do so HERE. Want to know where your money is going? Here is some fiscal information about the Second Harvest Food Bank for your review:
Throughout the fiscal year, volunteers contributed over 310,000 hours of service, which saved them $6.6 million in equivalent personnel costs.
Below are some figures from their 2014-2015 annual report.
- 96 % of operating expenses go to food distributions and programs
- 2% to fundraising
- 2% go to management
- 60% of Operating Revenue comes straight from individuals like you and me.
If you would like to check out their 2015-2016 annual report in its entirety check out it HERE.
Thank you and see you next month for our next Monthly Mission:
The Warm Clothing Drive!
The Princess Project believes in making dreams real every day, and we are incredibly proud to help volunteer with our Silicon Valley chapter.
Our community is always asking how they can help. If you are unable to get hands on with their teens, we encourage you to support this cause by sending a teen to prom with just $25. Every little bit helps and we believe that we can make a difference together.
Giving Tuesday is a national philanthropic effort that reminds us to stay grateful and give back when Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday are upon us. We would love your support, please give early and often. Facebook will waive fees and match donations that actually occur on Giving Tuesday (11/28) so mark your calendars. Thanks!
More about what they do…
The Princess Project is a 100% volunteer-run effort that provides free
prom dresses and accessories to Silicon Valley teens who could not otherwise afford them.
Every year they seek and receives hundreds of beautiful dresses from individual donors, corporations and fundraisers.
After they receive all of the dresses and accessories, the wonderful volunteers organize them for the dress giveaway event.
During the dress giveaway, hundreds of teens from all over the Bay Area (sometimes even farther) come and find their perfect dress to make their prom dreams real!
They are a small but mighty group. They have full time jobs, are parents, and run a million miles a minute to keep up with Silicon Valley’s fast paced environment.
We’ve seen their smiling faces. Read their words of hope and thanks, praising the positive and uplifting environment we build for them where they feel safe and beautiful.
Please join us by supporting their efforts, making even more dreams come true.
DONATE HERE: http://bit.ly/2lLR7OW
First and foremost, thank you so much for all of your donations. The outpouring of donations was literally spilling out of our houses and could barely fit in the RV when we went to pack it all up.
We were able to fill up a 24 foot RV, a whole minivan and even still had to turn donations away and send some off to other companies, like Loma Brewery in Los Gatos. It was more than we could have ever imagined and it is a true testament to the giving nature that is in all of us. It was so heartwarming to watch the “web” of kindness grow as everyone worked together to spread the word and help strangers in their time of need. With the world in such chaos lately, it is a nice reminder that people are inherently good. Thank you!
After we organized everything, packaged it up nicely, we were able to drive up and hand deliver all the donations to a donation center at the Century 21 in the heart downtown Santa Rosa. We can’t thank Leigh Ann at that office enough for opening their doors and allowing us to bring as much as we did. We were also able to go shopping for some newer items like toiletries, underwear, etc. with the generous monetary donations from friends and family.
As you can see in some of the pictures below, this was a true family affair. We were able to get the kids involved and have them experience the labor of love that goes into helping those in need. Being that we had family and friends involved, this hit hard and they truly identified with this cause.
After the donations were delivered, we headed back home. Luckily, the following Monday we took the day off and drove back up to help sort, organize and tend to those that came in to gather what they needed. This was another amazing experience, it felt really good to be put to work and help people meet their immediate needs.
As you are aware the Wine Country Fires are still burning and over 57,000 acres and 1,500 structures have been destroyed, including the homes of some of our family and close friends. We want to show our support and do everything we can to help them in this devastating time. Your support is greatly appreciated and will help ease the despair felt by those who have lost their homes and physical possessions.
Right now we’ve been told they need donations. We of course will take anything gently used or new you have to offer, but below are the items in high demand…
Items in high demand:
- Clothing – All types of women’s, children’s, men’s including undergarments as well
- Shoes and Socks – All sizes
- Small Portable Toys – i.e. small LEGO sets, playing cards, matchbox cars, coloring books with crayons, small games, etc.
- Stuffed Animals
- Blankets & Pillows
- Misc. Linens – towels, sheets, pillow cases, sleeping bags, etc.
- Toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, diapers, wipes, etc.
- Tech Items – iphone or android cell phone chargers
- Brown Grocery Bags
- Gallon Ziploc Bags
When donating please organize the items in brown grocery bags labeled with gender and size and/or “toys & books” etc. This will help us sort through the items quickly and be able to disperse them in an efficient manner.
If interested in donating please direct message us here, on Facebook, on Instagram or via email email@example.com we will happily come and pick up your donations for you.
If you are interested in making an online monetary donation, please donate to the American Red Cross “Home Fires” or to donate by phone please contact 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669).
Thank you and please spread the word!