SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – This is a farmers market for food-insecure people in the South Bay.
Food bank organizers say they are doing their best to meet the needs of the community, but volunteers tell KRON4 they could definitely use a little help.
These volunteers from Silicon Valley’s Second Harvest Food Bank are here at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, continuing the effort to address food insecurity in the South Bay. By the end of 2021, continuing into the new year, the food bank was serving an average of 400,000 people per month.
Leslie Bacho, CEO of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, told KRON4 “In March, we saw that number jump to four hundred and seventy thousand. It’s because of inflation and food and fuel prices. for so many low-income households, that’s a big chunk of your budget. so when those prices go up, that’s when people start making tough choices about not being able to put food on the table. that’s why we’ve seen such an increase in need.
Food bank volunteers are also lacking these days. Here, a dozen volunteers lend a hand.
Volunteer Scott Peterson says “they had a shortage of volunteers and if I could volunteer for them and I said absolutely.”
In addition to being able to choose from fresh produce, poultry, dairy and other food items at this farmer’s market-style distribution site, food bank customers also receive nutrition education and recipes. .
Diane Baker Hayward, media relations associate at Second Harvest Food Bank, told KRON4, “(we) show our customers, who are waiting to pick up their food, how to prepare meals with some of the food they will receive.”
Food distribution coordinator Emiko Pereyra describes the community as “primarily a low-income community on the east side. It’s a beautiful community.
This is the main reason why Pereyra is here.
She said, “Coming into this job and this program specifically gives me the need for satisfaction in me as a person. I grew up very poor and just to know that if there was something like this when I was growing up, I know my family would have benefited. So just to be a part of something like this that’s beyond me, it’s very humbling for me and very incredible for me to do that.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley Farmer’s Market-style giveaway program takes place right here in the plaza on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month.
Bacho explains, “If you want to get involved, head over to our website at shfb.org and you can find out how to volunteer, how to donate, or how to connect with food if you need help. ‘assistance.
Food bank volunteer Lisa Inzunza told KRON4, “There are a lot of people in need. Food makes a huge difference in their family, and no one should go hungry.