Second Harvest Food Bank brings mobile pantry to SJSU

Recently on November 14th of this year, Second Harvest Food Bank brought over 15,000 pounds of food for their mobile food pantry program that is partnered with San Jose State University.

Sharon Willey, SJSU Enrollment Services, said: ” If you are hungry and you do not know where your next meal is going to come from that is, of course, going to impact your ability to concentrate in the classroom and prepare for mid-terms.”

Food insecurity has been wide spreading across the country, and San Jose States’ administration has realized and has started working on changing this. A 2014 survey at San Jose State revealed that 20 percent of students did not eat for a whole day because they did not have enough money and another 49 percent occasionally skipped a meal because of financial hardships.

To qualify for the mobile food pantry, people must be a current student with an annual income below $23,540. This will get you the opportunity to fill up their bags with fresh fruit, vegetables, and groceries.

Alisa Patterson, 32, at right, distributes sweet potaoes as San Jose State University student Giovanna Diaz, 21, at left, receives food from Second Harvest Food Bank's Just-in-Time Mobile Food Pantry at San Jose State University Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The food bank distributed 27,500 pounds of food served 545 students. Recent surveys indicate roughly half of SJSU students are skipping meals because of costs and at least 20 percent of California State University students are food insecure. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

Second Harvest Food Bank’s Just-in-Time Mobile Food Pantry at San Jose State University  (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)


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