Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies, and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need. Nearly half of the food distributed is fresh produce. Second Harvest also plays a leading role in promoting federal nutrition programs and educating families on how to make healthier food choices.
Crystal Springs UMC sometimes volunteers as a group to help. If interested in volunteering, either yourself or the next time we go as a group, please contact the church office at [email protected] for more information.
What do volunteers do?
There are many ways that volunteers support our mission of providing food to people in need in our community. Browse our current opportunities to get started:
Food Sorts: Sorting food at our warehouses is a popular way to help. These activities are perfect for individuals or groups whether you come once a week or once a year. See our schedules and sign up to help at San Jose’s Cypress Center or our Bing Center in San Carlos.
Distribute Food in the Community: Some of our most dedicated volunteers help through distributing food at hundreds of sites throughout our two counties. This is best for individuals or small groups willing to commit to weekly or monthly support.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities: We need volunteers to help with everything from data entry to educating about nutrition. If you can commit to ongoing support in one of our three facilities, check out these activities.
Special Project: This spring and summer we need help with the 2014 Hunger in America Study. This hunger census provides critical data to gauge the food needs of our community. Activities take place throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and schedules are flexible.