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Second Harvest Food Bank and Santa Clara University to Host "Hunger Issues" Forum

Wednesday, Sep. 8, 2010

Topics to be Discussed include Hunger, Sustainability, and Access to Nutritious Food in Our Communities


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 8, 2010 ---  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 to discuss 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.

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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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