Each day, staff and volunteers serve food to more than 400 families.
We have two permanent food programs: a three-day supply called an emergency supplement, and an assortment of food for homeless customers that requires no prep or cooking. Customers can receive food twice a month.
Each customer leaves with a grocery bag of nonperishable items, a 5 to 15 pound bag of produce, and a cold bag that consists of a meat product, eggs, a loaf of bread, and a package of tortillas.
The agency also provides non-cooking bags to homeless customers and others who don't have a kitchen or are unable to cook. All the food in those bags are ready to serve and all cans have pop-tops that can be opened without a can opener. Pop-top protein items, such as meat soups and chili, are always a big need.
The vast majority of the food given out at Sacred Heart comes from Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Not counting food for the stimulus program, Second Harvest provides about 1.5 million pounds of food a year. In all, Sacred Heart distributes more than 2 million pounds a year.
Another significant source of food is the gleaning run, in which volunteers visit local grocery stores each morning and collect food that would otherwise be thrown out. The food is perfectly edible and enjoyed by the families served at the agency.
Sacred Heart serves customers living in the following zip codes (which are subject to change): 95110, 95117, 95125, 95126, 95128 and 95134. Any customer not living in one of the above zip codes can come to Sacred Heart Community Service on a one-time basis for food. We then refer them to Second Harvest for additional services.