SAN JOSE (KCBS)—The Second Harvest Food Bank in Silicon Valley is hoping for a belated Christmas present from the community.
According to their CEO, Kathy Jackson, this is the first year they came up short in their holiday fundraising campaign, which could put needy families at risk.
Jackson said it hasn’t happened in a number of years, and that they’re looking for $300,000 to meet their goal of $12.4 million. She partly blames December’s fiscal cliff for having spooked some donors.
“There was a lot of uncertainty for a lot of people and I think that just slowed donations,” said Jackson.
Volunteers at the company’s warehouse were somewhat surprised about the shortfall.
“Everyone is so living a fast-paced life in the Silicon Valley that maybe they just don’t know or they’re too wrapped up in their own lives,” said Wes Porter with Maxim Integrated, a semi-conductor company.
The food bank is hoping that donors will come forward soon to bridge a food gap of about 600,000 meals.