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Cupertino community briefs for the week of Oct. 23


Second Harvest needs volunteers

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is issuing an urgent call for volunteers to help distribute food to the half million people now receiving food assistance from the nonprofit every month.

The number of people served by Second Harvest has almost doubled during the pandemic and includes many who have never received food assistance before. In response, Second Harvest and its partner agencies have continued to open new public food distribution sites throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, including 130 new drive-through sites. Second Harvest needs more volunteers at these sites, many of which have been operating with only half of the needed workforce.

Individuals and groups can volunteer to hand out food at distribution sites located throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties or to sort and box food at Second Harvest’s Cypress warehouse, 4001 N. First St., San Jose. To sign up for shifts, visit https://www.shfb.org/give-help/volunteer.

Support for eating disorders

The Eating Disorders Resource Center has added a new online support group for those whose unhealthy eating behaviors are triggered by the social isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The free, confidential meetings are led by professionals affiliated with the Campbell-based center.

“Many people struggle with the stigma, secrecy and shame that surround eating disorders,” says Janice Bremis, the center’s executive director. “A support group can be the first place one starts the recovery process.”

Meetings are held on Zoom Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., and Fridays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sign up at edrcsv.org/supportgroups.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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