Pantry Update ~ Thank You!

This pandemic has been challenging for everyone.   The coronavirus became even more personal to the SJFC pantry team. One of our team members tested positive for COVID-19.  Our team has used the utmost precaution, and have implemented all the recommendations for stopping the spread.  Sadly, this virus acts with no boundaries and can rear its ugly head at any time.  Under the advisement of the Public Health Department, the entire pantry team immediately went into self-isolation for 14 days. 


This was a very difficult decision.  We wanted to err to the side of caution and were guided by our commitment to the health and safety of our community, our employees and volunteers. 


SJFC understands the faith and trust that our clients place in us, to help provide the most basic needs for food security.  In our absence, how were we going to deliver food services for the hundreds of families served daily? A daunting task, but we knew where to turn.


We reached out to our friends, Catholic Charities and Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, for support. We were overwhelmed by their effort to immediately coordinate four food distributions during our isolation. Their response included recruiting dozens of volunteers, organizing staff, and committing their own resources. It was not only a remarkable feat, but a true act of compassion.


There is no doubt we are all in this together! Having close partnerships like this is a testament to what makes South County great and allows us to overcome these unique challenges.


SJFC is committed to our mission – improving the quality of life in South Santa Clara County – and we are working hard to prevent a disruption in services again.



We are most grateful for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and Second Harvest of Silicon Valley for their commitment to our community, and to St. Joseph’s Family Center.


We are happy to report that St. Joseph’s Family Center’s team is healthy and will resume our regular food distribution schedule starting on Monday, August 24th.

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