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Updated: 2013-04-16T09:44:18.362-07:00

 



This has to be the ultimate irony, I was a Cisco ...

2010-06-23T17:49:14.915-07:00

This has to be the ultimate irony, I was a Cisco employee for over 14 years, and was laid off last summer, along with 800 others when our jobs were eliminated to save money.

Now, with the Federal Government about to end my unemployment benefits, I came to this site, to see if the Food Bank can help me to feed my family of 7 people, including 3 special needs children.

I am glad you are here to help us, but wish Cisco had made a better effort to take care of its long term employees (who have saved them millions of dollars over the years), so that it did not have to come to this.



I think it is also important to not ignore the bey...

2010-05-26T07:37:38.316-07:00

I think it is also important to not ignore the beyond the calorie density is that many processed foods contain additives that alter brain chemistry to drive people to consume more of those foods. Struggling to overcome that adds to the struggle of getting healthy foods on the table. Sugar in particular is very addictive and that's not even touching on all the other stuff like preservatives, flavor enhancers and other stuff that goes into processed food or the packaging leaking chemicals into the foods.



Our family's goal is to teach our kids about h...

2010-05-15T05:34:17.343-07:00

Our family's goal is to teach our kids about how to make healthy choices, and why it's important. Healthy choices are tasty! Great clip, one I will try to get our school's to use - thanks for posting!



Unnatural Causes (a documentary) did a really good...

2010-05-14T11:24:46.796-07:00

Unnatural Causes (a documentary) did a really good job of exploring this idea and other factors that contribute to poor health in America.



i'm really lucky in that when i grew up my par...

2010-05-14T11:18:13.095-07:00

i'm really lucky in that when i grew up my parents almost never let my brother and i have junk food and soda and we always had fresh fruits and veggies at every meal. even though we lived in Mn and we were poor so they weren't always fresh (sometimes canned or frozen). But whe we were young both by brother and i developed a taste for fruits and veggies and so i continue to eat them to this day. sure, i could always improve my intake, but i'm glad that my parents did their best to make sure we were eating right. And this was back in the 80s before eating right was cool...



I think this is a wonderful, worthwhile event. I ...

2010-05-12T15:49:56.366-07:00

I think this is a wonderful, worthwhile event. I purchased canned items, placed them in the blue bag I was provided and put it out next to my mailbox. My postal carrier ignored my donation and the donations of all of the others on my street. We got our mail but you did not get my donations. What a shame.



This is fantastic. For kids to now have access to...

2010-04-24T08:36:46.921-07:00

This is fantastic. For kids to now have access to, and likely be introduced to such a healthy and tasty snack through the Food Bank is very impressive. Thanks for the generous donation!



When my kids were little, I would give them frozen...

2010-04-22T16:52:23.334-07:00

When my kids were little, I would give them frozen peas, corn and cubed carrots (not cooked) as a snack during the summer. I would serve them in little cups and to be eaten with their fingers. It is a different way of introducing veggies.



This is so true. Even though I don't qualify t...

2010-04-21T14:05:27.211-07:00

This is so true. Even though I don't qualify to get free food because of my income, I still can't buy as much fresh fruits and vegetables as I would like to feed my family. With my budget I can get the basics to cook with, like potatoes and onions and some carrots, but I have to be really careful buying fruit because it adds up so quickly. My kids love to snack on fruit and I would much rather see them eat that. In the summer I always tell neighbors with fruit trees that I'd be happy to help them if they have too many, like plums! My kids will eat plums all day. Thanks for posting and thanks for realizing people need fresh food too. (My office does a food drive and we give a lot of cans!)



I agree that beans/legumes are an excellent source...

2010-04-04T19:36:54.663-07:00

I agree that beans/legumes are an excellent source of nutrients including Protein and Fiber.



Thank-you so much for putting this into perspectiv...

2010-03-19T10:17:22.355-07:00

Thank-you so much for putting this into perspective. I always thought this was a matter of choice, but now I see the forces driving people to choose calorie-rich foods over nutrient-rich foods.

Thank-you also for striving to provide more produce. This is obviously key to healthier eating.

Has any research been done on beans/legumes? These are calorie-rich, nutrient-rich, relatively low cost, and non-perishable.



You might want to look into a new program at Sacre...

2010-03-18T17:08:47.743-07:00

You might want to look into a new program at Sacred Heart Community Service called La Mesa Verde which offers raised gardens to families in need. All you need is a little plot of land and there are two plantings a year in the fall and spring.



this situation is scaring all the middle class who...

2010-03-14T17:51:40.925-07:00

this situation is scaring all the middle class who could so easily find themselves in the same place! we all have a big lesson to learn here, when life is going pretty good, we must save for the rainy days, not buy things we can't pay cash for, except housing and cars, and be happy for what we do have instead of always wanting more. this is a good and hard lesson for me and most americans!



I'd love to volunteer at Second Harvest whenev...

2010-03-01T16:40:52.331-08:00

I'd love to volunteer at Second Harvest whenever you need me!



Wow, I thought I was alone! As a single provider f...

2010-01-06T12:02:24.294-08:00

Wow, I thought I was alone! As a single provider for my family, and all the cuts here and there, I have found it very hard to ask for help and we cannot make ends meet. I used to say I live paycheck to paycheck, now it's more like robbing peter to pay paul and never paying peter back. I have had shut off notices for utilities as recent as this month. Had to borrow from my adult daughter and can't afford to pay her back, she needs books for college and the money I borrowed will have to be paid back or she will not get her books.



Dear Anonymous, I hope that you do go and get th...

2009-12-18T10:24:40.503-08:00

Dear Anonymous,

I hope that you do go and get the help you need to feed you and your family. You are the exact people I want my donation to go to. I am thinking of people like you everytime I fill my shopping cart with items that I then put into Second Harvest barrels at the store. Look at it this way: when things were better off for you and your family, you helped out other people by making donations. Now it is you chance to let us help you out. There is no shame in that. We all have hard times and we all get through them by helping one another out.

P.S. When I used to volunteer for the food sorts at Second Harvest, I'd run into many people who would do volunteer work for Second Harvest to earn their groceries (BTW the people themselves told me what they we're doing; Second Harvest never said a word to anybody about them. In my experience, Second Harvest has gone out of their way to treat the people they help with the upmost dignity.) The people who chose to volunteering as a way to "earn" their groceries felt better doing that. I don't know if Second Harvest still does this. You might want to give them a call and ask if this is possible for you--if this would make you feel better about the food you could get.



A box of oatmeal, grits, or cream of wheat is far ...

2009-12-18T00:07:54.172-08:00

A box of oatmeal, grits, or cream of wheat is far more nutritious than pop tarts and less expensive. Dried beans, tortillias, rice, apples and potatoes bought by the bag, eggs---all these foods and many more like them are nutritious and cheap, and can be made into tastey dishes. They can be combined with cheap, tastey cuts of meat in order to make the meat stretch further.
It seems to me much hunger could be alleviated if people knew more about nutrition and how to prepare inexpensive, delicious meals. There's no reason for people to suffer from this kind of hunger when they have access to good, inexpensive food and a place to prepare it. Paying for the place to prepare it---that's the real problem.



I can understand. Getting this note, at first I wa...

2009-12-17T16:38:00.380-08:00

I can understand. Getting this note, at first I was thinking I should donate, but I too am living on the edge. I donate time, not money or food these days. My husband's good job now causes him to earn less than he would on unemployment. I work for an excellent company but we are barely scraping by and have thoughts of selling our house to help. If we sell I fear we will never be able to retire and we are getting close to that age. We are lucky to have a house, I know. Perhaps better or more access to community gardens to help those without garden space return to basics as much as we can. Most all of us are closer to the edge than we would like to admit these days. Don't let your pride take over. Try to get assistance and do what you can. Do it for your kids as well as yourself. Know you are not alone. Best wishes to everyone for a better and healthy 2010.



Wow! It never occurred to me that there were othe...

2009-12-17T16:21:56.074-08:00

Wow! It never occurred to me that there were other people out there in my shoes. I just figured I was doing it all wrong, therefore I was to blame for not enough food on my table. I stopped working when I went back to school and now I can't find a job. My husband is the only one working and we barely pay the bills let alone food and or gas. Thankfully our three children are all grown and out on there own, so we don't have to worry about feeding them too. We hate shopping for food, because we can't buy the right things and or enough of it. People stare at you when you dont have enough money to pay for things and get upset at you for holding up the line, so we try to shop at very wierd hours to avoid all that. We used to be the ones doing the giving and now we are to embarrassed to show our faces. I am greatfull for all i do have, and would gladly sell it if I thought it would change anything. Thanks to all of you who have shared your stories and the helpful info.



Wow - that was chilling. It is true that many of ...

2009-12-17T16:04:55.554-08:00

Wow - that was chilling. It is true that many of us "middle" or even "upper-middle" class folks still have a roof over our heads, cars to drive and computers to use however we still struggle. It really is a challenge to feed your family healthy food on a tight budget.
I hope that the author reaches out to Second Harvest or other community services without reservation, she has nothing to be ashamed of - the recession has been hard on all of us!



Awesome. I love to hear these RAOK stories. I li...

2009-12-13T21:11:47.868-08:00

Awesome. I love to hear these RAOK stories. I live in Contra Costa County and would love to inspire others to donate fruit to food banks. Trying to save the world one little lemon at a time. Maybe we can help one another help all of California. See a tree, leave a flyer. Don't even have to harvest the fruit, simply ask the homeowner to deliver fresh fruit to a local pantry or county food bank. It works. I'm 13,000 pounds and $75,000 worth of fresh produce delivered since February 2009. Please contact me. AnnaAndAva@gmail.com or www.thelemonlady.blogspot.com or 510.406.1625
Thank you.



I can so totally relate. My husband and I are new ...

2009-11-29T03:32:29.154-08:00

I can so totally relate. My husband and I are new parents and on the outside everything looks great, and it its mostly. But we rely soley on our student loans to pay all rent and bills, and state aid to put food on our table. Our son is the only one with health ins eligible through the state. We are always price shoppping and usually sacrificing healthy for cheap. I want so badly to donate food and money to those more in need than us, but also need to be realistic that we are also in some need. Its really hard right now to be generous and self preserving at the same time. Thank you for sharing.



I would like to encourage you to visit www.DinnerG...

2009-11-25T16:59:43.527-08:00

I would like to encourage you to visit www.DinnerGarden.org. They provide seeds for people who want to grow some food for themselves. The seeds are free.

Hopefully, once you are growing enough of whatever you plant to meet your families need, you will visit www.AmpleHarvest.org to find a neighborhood food pantry to donate the excess to. AmpleHarvest.org has more than 1,150 food pantries already in their network across the country.

I hope this helps.



You're not alone! Unfortunately, far too many ...

2009-11-25T16:40:00.670-08:00

You're not alone! Unfortunately, far too many are in this situation. At our church, maybe 25% are un/under employed. We have frequent potlucks where people are encouraged to show up with or without a dish. At the end, ALL leftovers go home with somebody, with no difference made between want or need. It's starting to become part of our culture - no waste, no shame.



These last comments made me realize that one of my...

2009-11-25T13:01:23.019-08:00

These last comments made me realize that one of my best presents came late in life. I grew up with a pesky younger brother. We both tortured each other regularly, and he drove away at least one of my boyfriends with his bb gun. Then something interesting happened. He grew up. I grew up. He married a wonderful woman who became the sister I had long wished for. And he and I developed a wonderful, enduring friendship that has supported both of us through many ups and downs through the years. That's what matters!