Second Harvest of Silicon Valley logo

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley


4001 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95134

(408) 266-8866


One of the largest food banks in the nation, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley brings healthy food to people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties every month.

The organization was founded in 1974 as the Food Bank, Inc. of Santa Clara County. In 1988, it merged with the San Mateo County Food Bank. The organization changed its name to Second Harvest of Silicon Valley in 2019. Approximately 1 in 10 people in Silicon Valley receive assistance from Second Harvest, half of whom are children and seniors.

Second Harvest receives donations from local communities and businesses along with purchasing fresh produce. This purchased and donated food is distributed to partners, including educational organizations, soup kitchens, senior programs, housing providers and other organizations. Second Harvest also distributes food through its own grocery programs.

In distributing food, Second Harvest includes more fresh and long-lasting produce than other food banks. To reach more people, resources are distributed to community partners. Second Harvest has a network of 310 nonprofit partners at 1,000 sites.

To receive Second Harvest’s produce, individuals can search for nearby locations. Second Harvest also welcomes participants in CalFresh, a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that issues monthly electronic benefits which are intended to pay for food.

Connecting With Community Groups in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County community groups and nonprofits play a fundamental role in making this a safe and thriving place.

Consider getting involved by volunteering your time, donating money, or both. Above you can learn about what services Second Harvest of Silicon Valley provides to the community and easily volunteer, donate, register for services, or connect with them on social media. Visit the Santa Clara County Community Groups directory to see a comprehensive list of organizations on all subjects that are relevant to creating a vibrant local community.

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is listed under:

Related News

California Local Pin Marker From San Jose Spotlight...

Free food distribution is still essential for East San Jose residents, as evidenced by the line around the block of Mexican Heritage Plaza twice a month waiting for food donated by Second Harvest of Silicon Valley.

California Local Pin Marker From The Mercury News...

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley has bought a prime site in north San Jose’s Alviso district where the charitable agency aims to consolidate its head offices along with food handling operations.

Morgan Hill Times logo From Morgan Hill Times...

Image for display with article titled Help needed at Bay Area food banks

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and four other Bay Area food banks have a critical shortage of volunteers and are reaching out to the public for assistance.  Collectively, Bay Area food banks feed about one million people each month.  Second Harvest, Alameda County Community Food Bank and San Francisco Marin Food bank are reporting an [...]

California Local Pin Marker From San Jose Spotlight...

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is moving to a new home in the Alviso area of North San Jose. The new location will consist of three connected single-story buildings. The space will consolidate the food bank’s three locations and will also have space for operations and a volunteer center.