South Bay Food Bank Struggles Through Slow Holiday Season

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – This is normally the time of the year that donations are rolling in at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Second Harvest Food Bank CEO Kathy Jackson said typically half of the organization’s operating budget comes in during the 2 ½ months around Thanksgiving and the New Year. But she said they were caught off-guard this season.

“Our fundraising totals dropped after Thanksgiving, normally a really strong time,” said Jackson. “Today, we find ourselves having brought in $4.5 million against a holiday drive goal of $11.3 million. So we need to raise almost $7 million in the next three weeks.”

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

Jackson said the shortfall comes as the need for food continues to increase.

She said some of it may be from donor fatigue as many other non-profits are experiencing the same problem.

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