Addressing hunger in Silicon Valley

Second Harvest Food Bank and Santa Clara University are creating innovative pathways to address hunger in Silicon Valley, in an effort to make the community stronger and more financially stable. This year, the organizations hosted the seventh annual Hunger Action Summit and released the Hunger Index – a leading set of research conducted by the Food and Agribusiness Institute of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.

The research shows a persistent and growing “meal gap” in Silicon Valley; despite increased services from food assistance programs, the gap between the number of meals families can afford and the number of meal programs provided by organizations like the Food Bank continues to widen. “At Second Harvest, we are working to close this gap by ensuring that anyone who needs a meal can get one through traditional food assistance efforts, as well as innovative programs that reduce food waste and instead get that food into the hands of people who need it,” said Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Dean Drew Starbird of the Leavey School of Business, creator of the Hunger Index, added: "No single organization can solve the hunger problem in our community. It will take partnerships of food providers and funders, of educators and neighborhood leaders, helping families secure basic human needs. I am proud that Santa Clara University, Second Harvest Food Bank and Bank of America have created a model partnership for other regions to follow."

Bank of America is the lead funder of the Hunger Index and has invested almost $50,000 (equivalent to 100,000 meals) in the ongoing operations of the Food Bank this year alone. The bank is proud to support outstanding organizations working to end hunger in Silicon Valley and communities across the country.


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I am proud that Santa Clara University, Second Harvest Food Bank and Bank of America have created a model partnership for other regions to follow.

Dean Drew Starbird
Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University