Virtual Holiday Food Drive – We’re On Our Way!


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Good Neighbor Stories launched its first virtual holiday food drive two days ago, and we’ve already collected 23 percent of our goal! As of Thursday night, we have $230.50 raised. Our goal is to raise $1,000 by Dec. 31, and we hope to move well beyond that amount.

Help us collect money to feed thousands of people in the Silicon Valley who are going hungry during these holidays, and throughout the year. Check out our complete instructions on how to donate. 

The money that goes to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties helps people from all walks of life and backgrounds. One example of how the agency helps people with the most basic of necessities, is found in this story from the group’s Fall 2011 newsletter:

My name is Carl. I was born and raised in the Bay Area and grew up on a ranch, where I worked until graduating from high school. After moving to the Midwest to pursue a degree in electronics and serving in the Air Force as a mechanic, I moved back to the Bay Area to work at a high-tech company during its early years. I went on to work there for 31 years before being laid off in 2003.

I was unable to find stable work afterwards, so I was forced into early retirement and found myself needing food assistance for the first time in my life. I’m a proud man who has worked hard my entire life, so it was hard for me to ask for help, but I was hungry.

I heard about the Food Bank’s Brown Bag program, which provides weekly bags of groceries to seniors, so I signed up. I also volunteer at the location I get the food from, and I’m not the oldest one there! Every week it’s great to see the other volunteers and know we’re contributing to something bigger than ourselves.

A typical Brown Bag often contains ground turkey, fresh produce, pasta, bread and other staple items—things you can work with. I’ve become a stew connoisseur, thanks to the Food Bank! I go through all of the food in the bag each week, and I don’t know what I would do without it. It means a lot to know the community remembers and cares for us.