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Higher Food, Gas Prices Hurting Second Harvest Food Bank

Do you donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank?

Higher food prices and the rising cost of gas are hindering operations at one of the South Bay's biggest food banks.

Officials at Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, which provides food to nearly 250,000 people per month, say that higher prices for staples such as rice, eggs and peanut butter are forcing them to deliver smaller portions to the soup kitchens, pantries and shelters they supply.

"We've had double-digit increase for several core commodities," director of development and marketing Tami Cardenas said. "We used to buy truckloads of tuna, but we can't buy it at all anymore because it's become so unaffordable."

According to Cardenas, the average price of peanut butter has gone up approximately 57 percent, rice is up 25 percent, eggs are up 24 percent and beans are up 17 percent.

The higher costs are hitting the Food Bank at a time when its services are needed the most, Cardenas said.

Since 2007, Second Harvest has seen the number of people it serves each month increase by almost 50 percent.

Second Harvest is asking for the public's help in raising money to feed hungry families in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Cash donations can be made online at www.shfb.org/donate, or by calling (866) 234-3663.

Cardenas said food donations are also needed to restock Second Harvest's shelves. People wishing to donate eggs, beans, rice, cereal and peanut butter can do so at 750 Curtner Avenue in San Jose, or at 1051 Bing Street in San Carlos.

--Bay City News

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Steven Russell March 08, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I donate food, time and money to Second Harvest. All are needed now: 1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties receive food from Second Harvest at least once each month. Call the toll-free Donor Hotline: (866) 234-3663. If you need food assistance, contact the toll-free number from your land line or local cellphone: Call Food Connection at 1-800-984-3663 or (408) 266-8866 x101 or (650) 610-0800 x101 if you have a cellphone that isn't a local area code.
Rheanna Carter March 09, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I'm proud to say that as a Pampered Chef I'm constantly raising money for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Knowing that the money I raise in my county stays here is a great feeling.
Jack Hickey March 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I'm sorry to say that Second Harvest, which I once favored, is no longer on my list of Private Philanthropic organizations. Since they have been accepting $100,000 grants of tax dollars from the Sequoia Healthcare District on whose Board I serve, they no longer qualify. Please help me shut down the Sequoia Hospital District which "morphed" into a Healthcare District after they sold Sequoia Hospital They are now bastardizing formerly legitimate charitable organizations using property tax dollars to engage in false philanthropy.

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