FeedingSV Impact - Dec2015

In California, 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger.The 2012 Hunger Index shows that there were 204 million missing mealsmealtimes when children, families, and seniors went hungry in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County.2  With excess food to feed our communities, no one should go hungry in Silicon Valley. It’s not about producing more, it’s about wasting less. In September 2015, we held a press conference with the City of San José and Waste No Food, announcing Feeding Silicon Valley. We are proud to kick off this collaboration with nonprofits and donors, including Team San José, Levi’s Stadium, Martha’s Kitchen, and Salvation Army. We need your help to battle hunger, reduce food waste and connect excess food to communities in need through Feeding Silicon Valley.

 

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FeedingSV Impact - Dec2015

 

Food donors, nonprofit recipients, and volunteers (food runners/drivers) can sign up on the Waste No Food app on Google PlayiTunes, or online at www.wastenofood.org. The app generates no income. Over 38,000 lbs have already been donated using the Waste No Food app to Martha’s Kitchen, Salvation Army, City Team, Bill Wilson Center, InnVision Shelter Network, Family Supportive Housing and the Ecumenical Hunger Program. This has resulted in a reduction of over 37,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. Results were calculated using the Whole Earth Calculator from Rock & Wrap It, which was endorsed by the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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FREE MEALS in SAN JOSÉ MAP

Developed by SJSU student Jamilia Jernigan with code from Code for America. 

 

PRESS & MEDIA

View the press kit, watch videos of our partners on the story of Feeding Silicon Valley, and view the video of the Press Conference announcing Feeding Silicon Valley. We were featured in San José Inside, The Intersector ProjectRoute Fifty, KTSF 26 (EnglishChineseSpartan Daily, and ABC 7.

Sources:

1 “Map the Meal Gap” Feeding America, 2013. http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/our-research/map-the-meal-gap/

2 Source: 2012 Hunger Index by Santa Clara University and Second Harvest Food Bank. http://www.shfb.org/hungerindex

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Silicon Valley is home to some of the sharpest minds and most creative people in the world. This intelligence and creativity is an incredible resource for the common good. Many of our local innovators have used their intellectual capabilities to benefit our local area, thanks both to their passion for further improving the Silicon Valley and to corporate social responsibility programs, which engage in community enhancement projects to help improve the place they call home.

Not surprisingly, public sector agencies look to the cumulative talent of local visionaries to help improve service delivery, find innovative solutions to local problems, and make the government more open, available and responsive. Nonprofits may have similar goals but may not have the means to achieving them.

Very recently, Silicon Valley Talent Partnership provided a cohesive platform to bridge the gap between available talent and local need by involving interested talent and working closely together with the City of San Jose. For the past year, we have brought together the Homeless Response Team from the City of San José, local businesses, technology partners, as well as local nonprofits to address the pervasive problem of local hunger. This partnership is called Feeding Silicon Valley.

This program has inspired a diverse set of people to come together to create a pioneering, never-before-seen initiative to help the underprivileged and vulnerable members of Silicon Valley. Our virtual team consists of app developers, innovators, logistics experts, marketing and communications leaders, program managers and more.

This is not a coincidence – it is more of a cohesive and sustained effort to create meaningful impact. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can donate some of their time to ensure the current success of our projects benefitting the local community.

Contact us to get involved in this ongoing effort, which is gaining momentum everyday, and many more opportunities just like it. To learn more about getting involved as a donor, food recipient or volunteer food runner, visit Feeding Silicon Valley. To learn more about volunteering on our other projects, visit http://svtpca.org/Volunteer.

 

Written by Lea King, Executive Director at Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.

Lea King is the Executive Director and leads the strategy and execution of Silicon Valley Talent Partnership. Lea has overall operational responsibility and is the executive interface for the community, charity organizations, businesses and the various government organizations. Prior to accepting the ED role, Lea was the Founder and Executive Director of Race2Educate, a non profit organization focusing on raising funds and awareness for the at-risk children in Silicon Valley and beyond. Lea was a 30-year veteran in the private sector and has worked for leading companies such as Cisco, AT&T and General Electric in Silicon Valley, India, China and Hong Kong.

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Silicon Valley is uniquely endowed with a wealth of talent and resources. Alone, any of these resources is capable of doing great things; when employed together, the extent of the achievable seems limitless. At Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP), our mission is to connect the dots. We create, source and manage innovative and meaningful partnerships between private sector volunteers, technology innovators, and civic agencies. As a result, we are helping restore the local government’s capacity to innovate, enhance service delivery, and ultimately serve the goal of improving overall quality of life of residents and communities across Silicon Valley.

Take the example of our latest initiative – Feeding Silicon Valley. This program seeks to address a sort of morbid dichotomy that faces California today. In our state, a staggering one in six people miss their meals on a regular basis (Feeding America, 2013). That means that over 5.7 million people live their lives unsure of where their next meal will come from. Meanwhile, there is enough excess food created in the community that can feed hungry individuals.

With California currently being ravaged by its worst drought in decades, we can little afford to let perfectly usable food go to waste. However, this is problem is so much more than just a misallocation of resources; it is a human tragedy. No one should go hungry in the Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation and creativity. This simple assertion inspired the birth of this initiative. Since the May 2015 pilot of Feeding Silicon Valley, over 10,000 tons of prepared food has been streamlined and donated through the Waste No Food app. This has resulted in 7,590 lbs of CO2 emissions reduced (by using the Whole Earth Calculator from Rock & Wrap It, which was endorsed by the White House Council on Environmental Quality.)

This partnership leverages Waste No Food, a website and mobile application that allows businesses, hotels, convention center and restaurants to post their excess food and for qualified charities to receive alerts and claim food donations. The application streamlines the process of donating excess prepared food. It enables food donors, in a few seconds, to reach to a multitude of charities in their area.

We look forward to the massive impact that this program can have on the Silicon Valley and beyond.

 

Written by Lea King, Executive Director at Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.

Lea King is the Executive Director and leads the strategy and execution of Silicon Valley Talent Partnership. Lea has overall operational responsibility and is the executive interface for the community, charity organizations, businesses and the various government organizations. Prior to accepting the ED role, Lea was the Founder and Executive Director of Race2Educate, a non profit organization focusing on raising funds and awareness for the at-risk children in Silicon Valley and beyond. Lea was a 30-year veteran in the private sector and has worked for leading companies such as Cisco, AT&T and General Electric in Silicon Valley, India, China and Hong Kong.

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All too often, it seems as though it is an overly cumbersome process for common-sense ideas to manifest themselves into reality and have a tangible impact on the real world. With this knowledge in mind, we here at the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership are incredibly thankful and excited about all that we have been able to achieve in the past year since our nonprofit launched in 2014. Through our innovative platform of leveraging private and public partnerships, we have completed nineteen projects in six cities, contributing $700,000 in total volunteer value.

As thrilled as we are about all we have been able to achieve thus far, we are even more excited about our future. Perhaps our most exciting project is Feeding Silicon Valley, a partnership which brings tangible change for the most vulnerable residents of Silicon Valley: homeless individuals and low-income families.

For the past year, we have been working closely with the Homeless Response Team (HRT) from the City of San Jose to create a platform and partnership between community members, local businesses, technology partners, and local nonprofits. We first tested the platform back in May in a pilot between Team San José and Home First, and the results were extremely encouraging. Tests and developments such as these helped better attune us to the needs of the community we sought to assist, and gave us a sharper idea of just what we needed to do to make our pilot program a scalable success.

From this partnership, we were able to leverage Waste No Food, a website and mobile application that allows businesses, hotels, convention centers and restaurants to post their excess food and for qualified charities to receive alerts and claim food donations. The application streamlines the process of donating excess prepared food: it enables food donors, in a few seconds, to reach to a multitude of charities in their area.

Our role as the program management office created a unique partnership to bring together the community to solve a community challenge. This is a great example of how we are working together for a stronger community! We are proud to serve Silicon Valley residents and community members; projects such as Feeding Silicon Valley demonstrate just what can be achieved when the bounty of resources in the Silicon Valley are brought together to achieve a singular goal.

Stay tuned to hear more about this in the coming days. We are looking forward to sharing it with you!

Written by Lea King, Executive Director at Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.

Lea King is the Executive Director and leads the strategy and execution of Silicon Valley Talent Partnership. Lea has overall operational responsibility and is the executive interface for the community, charity organizations, businesses and the various government organizations. Prior to accepting the ED role, Lea was the Founder and Executive Director of Race2Educate, a non profit organization focusing on raising funds and awareness for the at-risk children in Silicon Valley and beyond. Lea was a 30-year veteran in the private sector and has worked for leading companies such as Cisco, AT&T and General Electric in Silicon Valley, India, China and Hong Kong.

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