Volunteers prepare Thanksgiving meals during the Great Thanksgiving Banquet hosted by the Bay Area Rescue Mission on November 22, 2017 in Richmond, California.

A recent study by San Mateo’s Second Harvest Food Bank found that one in four Silicon Valley residents are at risk for hunger. Hunger often impacts the most vulnerable, but can strike anyone. We talk with Bay Area food banks about where to find food if you’re hungry, how to donate money or food, and how to volunteer.

David Goodman, CEO, Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa
Meredith Nguyen, COO, SF-Marin Food Bank

What to Consider When Donating to a Charity
Redwood Empire Food Bank
SF-Marin Food Bank
Find Food Assistance

How to Help Hungry Bay Area Residents This Holiday Season 21 December,2017Michael Krasny


    Please in this holiday season give generously to Saint Anthony Dining Room, Glide Memorial Church, and all other charity organizations that help the unfortunates people among us in our greater Bay Area Community, the homeless people.

  • rhuberry

    Maybe all these hungry people want the type of food the rest of us want. Good for them. But who says those of us buying our own food can afford organic, non GMO, and all the rest. It’s unbelievable to me the entitlement mentality of people in need. Their freebies aren’t high enough quality for them???? Most of us make do with what we can afford and it’s not Whole Foods prices.

  • marte48

    The local bagel chain stores routinely throw away big bags of day-old bagels. I retrieved one of these bags, and tried to donate them to a food closet. They refused it because they were not individually wrapped.

    • Student

      This is something to take up with the store manager. My understanding is that previously they had liability for leftovers that they donated, but this has changed.
      (” the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, a 1996 federal law that frees an organization of liability in donating food items except in cases of gross negligence. …the legislation was “obscure.”)”)
      from grist.org/article/my-high-school-throws-out-a-stupid-amount-of-food-what-can-i-do/


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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