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  •  Food Security to be Examined September 28

    Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012 12:00 PM

    Even in wealthy Santa Clara County, the number of hungry people is growing, with the problem becoming more widespread. How can Silicon Valley’s community partners take action to connect new and existing hungry families with nutritious food where they live, learn, work, and play? The stakes are high for our community, particularly with reauthorization of the Farm Bill.

    These issues will be addressed at the fifth annual Santa Clara County Hunger Forum titled “It’s Complicated: Hunger in Our Community,” on Friday, September 28, on the Santa Clara University campus.

    The Hunger Forum is organized by Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and sponsored by Santa Clara University’s Food and Agribusiness Institute and Leavey School of Business. At the event, the dean of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, S. Andrew Starbird, will update the Hunger Index, which measures the gap between the need for food and the ability of government agencies and food-assistance organizations to provide it.

    Other event speakers include:

    *Keynote speaker Judi Larsen, program manager at the California Endowment, will talk about exciting changes that are happening with school-based feeding programs.

    *Second Harvest Food Bank CEO Kathy Jackson will speak about the Food Bank’s recent expansion and new business model.

    *USDA Western Regional Director Dennis Stewart will focus on ways to optimize federal nutrition programs.

    *Santa Clara County Social Services Agency DEBS Director Jan Picolorich will share new technology innovations that are connecting people to CalFresh and other services.

    *The Health Trust CEO Frederick Ferrer will talk about partnerships that have been forged to address the growing food needs of vulnerable populations.

    *Dannielle Campos, senior vice president and national philanthropy program manager for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, will focus on the Corporate Coalition to End Hunger.

    *Sunnyvale Community Services Executive Director Marie Bernard will discuss ways her agency is increasing access to nutritious food for their clients.

    *Santa Clara University students Courtney Robinson, Lisa McMonagle, and Mahbod Parvar will present findings from their Cost of a Healthy Meal study.

    *Cindy McCown, senior director of Programs and Services at Second Harvest Food Bank, will talk about opportunities for taking action.

    Media Contacts:
    Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | | 408-768-6898 cell
    Caitlin Kerk | Second Harvest Food Bank | | 408-858-9208 cell



  •  Lucas Hall Hosts Hunger Forum

    Friday, Sep. 10, 2010 9:52 AM

    Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and Santa Clara University are hosting the third annual Hunger Issues Forum, to discuss the state of hunger in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and the need for advocacy and legislation.

    The forum is being held Friday, Sept. 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. Media are invited to attend.

    At the event, results from the annual Hunger Index Project will be detailed.  The index is a measure of the gap between the unmet needs for meals for residents of the two counties, and the ability of government agencies and food-assistance groups to provide food.

     This year’s results are positive, though they show a growing need, said S. Andrew Starbird, dean of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, and co-creator of the index.  “Although the need is greater this year, agencies and the food-assistance community have really stepped up to meet more of the need,” compared to last year, said Starbird.

    Participants will also be able to see Second Harvest Food Bank's strategic goals of quantity, quality, and access in action, through a “Faces of Hunger” photo project, tours of Food Bank’s hybrid Produce Mobile and Food Resource mobile, and the Forge Community Garden open house.

    The full agenda is available at

    Other speakers will be:

    •         Congressman Mike Honda represents the 15th Congressional District of California and has been a long-time advocate of Second Harvest Food Bank.
    •         Dr. Drew Starbird is Dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University
    •         Susan B. Foerster is Chief of Policy, Planning and Evaluation of the Network for a Healthy California, California Department of Public Health
    •         Crystal Weedall FitzSimons is Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) in Washington, D.C.
    •         Dr. Gregory Baker has been serving as the Director of the Food & Agribusiness Institute at Santa Clara University since 2000
    •         Dr. Dan Delgado is director of the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative
    •         Dr. Aimee Reedy is the Vice President of Planning and Evaluation and the Director of Healthy Living at The Health Trust
    •         Nancy Amidei currently heads the Civic Engagement Project, a group that offers advocacy training, speeches, and workshops for public policy change at a variety of levels of government. She is the former director of the Food Research Action Center (FRAC) and also served in the Carter Administration in the Federal Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

    About Santa Clara University
    Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

    About Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
    Second Harvest Food Bank has been providing services to the community since 1974.  Food is provided efficiently through their direct service programs as well as by collaborating with a network of 316 partner nonprofit agencies operating 445 programs at 834 different food distribution sites. Partner agencies include shelters, pantries, soup kitchens, children's programs, senior meal sites, and residential programs. They are the single largest nonprofit provider of food to low-income households in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and are the fifth largest food bank in the country.  In addition to providing food to an average of 231,000 individuals each month, Second Harvest also works with lawmakers to advocate for policy changes and strive to eliminate hunger and its root causes.


    Poppy Pembroke
    Second Harvest Food Bank
    408-266-8866 x279

    Deborah Lohse
    Santa Clara University
    Office: 408-554-512
    Cell: 408-768-6898


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