What are we doing?
Joint Venture is collaborating with Urban Harvester, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, to ameliorate hunger and poverty in Silicon Valley by redistributing the community's wasted fresh foods.
The two organizations are pursuing a new collaborative regional framework that matches surplus food to authorized agencies. The framework consists of a new software application that develops a network of donors and distributors.
The new system does not duplicate the efforts of other Silicon Valley organizations, but rather enhances the mutual work being done by developing a more productive and efficient contact and delivery system.
Why are we doing it?
According to a recent Joint Venture Institute for Regional Studies research brief, “Poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area,” the poverty rate is still near record high for the area despite the tech boom. Hunger and food insecurity affects families (especially children), individuals, seniors and veterans. While living with a roof over their heads, they are still unable to make ends meet. Hunger also hits the homeless in all regional areas, and access to prepared food is critical. In Santa Clara County alone, more than 200,000 people are living below the official poverty line. Poverty in Silicon Valley is in need of a solution.
Through partnerships with Silicon Valley organizations, we can facilitate the development of a new approach to alleviate hunger and poverty in our area.
Joint Venture will support Urban Harvester CEO Linda Hess by facilitating partnerships with Silicon Valley organizations. These partnerships will help provide greater visibility and a broader network to this regional approach. As more people become aware of the systems network, donations and distribution of surplus fresh food will reach those in need more efficiently.
We plan to break new ground with innovative ideas to reduce food waste and improve the quality of life for food-insecure families. Businesses also will benefit with tax-deductible donations and recognition. Our efforts will help non-profit agencies spend their fiscal donations on improving their clients’ future with social services and case management, instead of buying much needed food to meet the increasing demand.
- We will assemble a team of community and business leaders and build a regional staff.
- We will use JVSV recent reports to identify the communities most in need of assistance.
- To begin the selection process, we will visit agencies under consideration and conduct surveys to collect data to understand the needs and challenges of the agency.
- We will pass the results to our custom-designed software program.
- We will examine the existing efforts of food donors and agencies to identify any deficiencies.
- We gather information with our collaborative partners to match donors to nearby compatible agencies.
For more information about Urban Harvester, visit www.urbanharvester.org or contact Urban Harvester at .
Joint Venture contact: Michael Marlaire,