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Second Harvest will operate a drive-thru food bank every Thursday for those in need starting February 24th.

SAN MATEO – The San Mateo Event Center & Fair is proud to sponsor a Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Food Distribution drive-thru in their East Parking Lot to benefit the San Mateo community.

The economic crisis and uncertainty created by the pandemic have pushed many families deeper into poverty and caused others to seek food assistance for the first time. The Second Harvest of Silicon Valley currently serves 400,000 people every month, a 60% increase over pre-pandemic levels.

“One of our most important commitments at the San Mateo Event Center is to support the people of the San Mateo County,” said Dana Stoehr, the San Mateo County Event Center and Fair CEO. “We are pleased to have the resources necessary to provide support and help feed the local community in partnership with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, which has done incredible work, particularly during these unprecedented times.”

The Second Harvest Drive-Thru will be located in the East Parking lot of the San Mateo Event Center (1346 Saratoga Dr, San Mateo – Gate 9) every Thursday from 8:30am to 10:30am starting tomorrow morning, and anyone needing assistance is welcome.

Founded in 1974, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is one of the largest food banks in the nation and a trusted nonprofit leader in ending local hunger. They are committed to providing free healthy food to anyone in need regardless of citizenship or immigration status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

In addition to sponsoring this food bank distribution drive-thru, the San Mateo Event Center & Fair is also a proud sponsor of many other community events such as Samaritan House Holiday Gift Drive, Seniors on the Move, community job fairs, and emergency services training.

During COVID, the San Mateo Event Center was unable to host most events but instead played a vital role in protecting our health care workers and most vulnerable populations by serving as a COVID-19 testing site, operations hub, and supply center, 250-bed temporary overflow hospital, and vaccine distribution center for the San Francisco Bay Area. To date, the Event Center has administered 250,000 COVID-19 tests and vaccinated more than 90,000 individuals.

The award-winning San Mateo County Fair is the Peninsula’s premier community event for family fun and entertainment. The San Mateo County Fair strives to provide a diverse experience through education, inspiration, and entertainment. The annual Fair represents a celebration of our community’s talent, interests, innovations, and rich agricultural and artistic heritage.