Food bank faces deep drop in donations

Demand for Second Harvest services at record levels, but donations are way down

Silicon Valley's local food bank is sounding the alarm this holiday season after donations from residents in the South Bay and Peninsula fell short in November and the first half of December. If the trend continues, new pantry programs could fall by the wayside and dietary staples like chicken and eggs could vanish from the shelves.

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Posted by MyOpinion
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 28, 2016 at 3:27 pm

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Sad state of affairs in an area where novice tech workers are making 130K per year, every other car is a late model foreign car or a Tesla, do these people believe in philanthropy? The food banks should be stuffed to the gills, they should be turning away donations.

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Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of North Whisman
on Dec 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm

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Posted by CB Coleman
a resident of Castro City
on Dec 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm

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I hadn't realized how dire it had become. I see they have online donations Web Link

Thank you for the story.

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Posted by Friendly Neighbor
a resident of Waverly Park
on Dec 29, 2016 at 10:31 am

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Feedback for 2nd Harvest Food Bank: I made a donation a couple of years ago. Starting the next month, I was inundated with solicitations for additional donations ... even though I expressly requested NOT to be contacted (via a hand-written note in with the check; unlike many charities, they didn't offer me that option on their form). I prefer to direct my donations to organizations who use the money to provide services, rather than spending it on marketing and solicitation campaigns trying to get me to give them yet more. Maybe it works for them overall, but I'm sure many people are like me in how they prefer to do their giving, so perhaps Second Harvest should re-think their development strategies. In the meantime, my philanthropy goes to other organizations.

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