Nov. 5, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - With winter just around the corner, Stanford student-athletes took part in a Cardinal for the Community project to help one of California's leading social services provide food and make sure no one goes hungry this holiday season. Student-athletes from the Stanford women's gymnastics and lacrosse teams spent the morning sorting through the hundreds of bins of donated food at the Second Harvest Food Bank and learning what goes into operating a nationally renowned food pantry program.
Serving a quarter of a million people in the Bay Area every month, Second Harvest was recently named one of the top food-distribution organizations in the country and looks to expand even further this holiday season. With their holiday food drive launching November 1, Second Harvest is seeing an influx of donations and the need for volunteers to assist with sorting and distributing.
"It was unbelievable how much food we sorted through. We were only a small portion of the volunteers working that day, and it was really powerful to know we were contributing to something that helps so many," said junior lacrosse athlete Rachel Ozer. "It really opens our eyes to how much need exists in this community and how big an impact spending a few hours to help can make."
"We were thrilled to work with Second Harvest as one of our Cardinal for Community projects this year," explained Kristen Azevedo, Assistant Director at the Haas Center for Public Service. "Their scope of service is unparalleled and they have a tremendous capacity to help our community and the populations we work through a variety of other organizations as well. It comes full circle when you see how the food benefits so many others."
About Cardinal for the Community: Cardinal for the Community connects Stanford student-athletes with community groups to build sustainable partnerships and support the surrounding community. C4C is supported by Stanford Athletics and the Haas Center for Public Service. For more information click here.
About Second Harvest Food Bank: Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month, over 100,000 each day through its three main locations in San Mateo and San Jose counties. For more information click here.