Sun10262014

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Second Harvest Food Bank kicks off Stand Up for Kids campaign

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties invites Los Altos area residents to participate in an ongoing Stand Up for Kids campaign, co-chaired by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc. and founder of the Lean In organization, and John Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay Inc.

“In an area where this community has so much, there are still so many people – and 100,000 children – who are relying on Second Harvest for food every month,” Sandberg said. “It’s our responsibility to make sure Second Harvest has the resources it needs to provide all of the food for all of these families.”

Research reveals that children who don’t get enough to eat suffer emotional and physical effects that can hamper their ability to succeed in school and later in life. They are more likely to experience anxiety and depression, to be unable to concentrate, to be sick more often and to be overweight more than children who eat three meals a day.

“Education is key to our children’s success,” Donahoe said. “But every day, students in Silicon Valley who go hungry during the day are distracted, tired and unable to learn. Let’s make a difference in the lives of Silicon Valley children.”

The campaign aims to ensure that local children have access to nutritious food. Second Harvest provides food to 100,000 children every month.

Second Harvest partners with more than 330 nonprofit agencies in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to provide food at more than 770 sites, including schools, after-school programs, pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

Second Harvest is one of only a few food banks in the nation that does not charge its partner agencies for the food it provides. It relies solely on support from the community.

The campaign’s goal is to raise $4 million, enabling Second Harvest to continue feeding children, expand and improve existing programs and invest in pilot programs and new efforts that have the potential to reach more children.

“We need to stand up for these kids,” said Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. “We know a quality education is the key to earning a decent living, but hunger can deprive these kids of a good education. When kids get the nutritious food they need, they are better prepared to learn. They have the energy to pursue their dreams.”

To donate online, visit SHFB.org.

For more information, call (866) 234-3663.

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