The Quakes Foundation, in partnership with The PG&E Corporation Foundation, donated a total of $38,500 across seven humanitarian organizations rooted in the Bay Area: Hunger at Home, Veggielution, Eat REAL, United Farm Workers, Ayudantes de le Tierra, VERBO South Bay, and PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). The Quakes and The PG&E Corporation Foundation are incredibly grateful for each recipient’s unwavering support and look forward to continuing partnerships in 2023.
This annual donation initiative stems from the Earthquakes’ Pledge 74 campaign, an organization-wide initiative that aims to combat food insecurity concerns in the Bay Area. Pledge 74 was named after the team’s founding in 1974 and carries with it a legacy of nearly 50 years of community service.
Hunger at Home
Founded in 2020, Hunger at Home, partners with local convention centers, hotels, and sports stadiums to collect excess food and goods to distribute to the hungry and homeless in Silicon Valley. To date, Hunger at Home has donated 11 million meals locally and helped distribute much needed items like towels, blankets, kitchen items, and hygiene kits.
Veggielution, founded by San Jose State University students in 2008, utilizes a unique community farm model that mobilizes volunteers to cultivate and grow healthy crops. Veggielution believes that building social capital is crucial to addressing issues such as education and earning gaps, lack of access to safe outdoor spaces, and limited options for healthy food.
Founded in 2012 by health advocates, Eat REAL creates a healthier tomorrow for children in the Bay Area by building awareness around the power of real food. Eat REAL’s program presents a higher standard and certification that guides school districts on their journeys to improve food in schools. The non-profit has reached over 200,000 students in 350 schools since 2019.
United Farm Workers Foundation
United Farm Workers Foundation, since the early 1960s, has been working for a safe and just food supply. As the nation’s first enduring and largest farm workers’ union, UFW continues its activism in major agricultural sectors. Additionally, UFW believes in recognizing and respecting the inherent worth of all people.
Ayudantes de le Tierra
Comprised of six Latinx essential workers from San Jose and Sacramento, Ayudantes de la Tierra serves Migrant Fieldworkers in the Salinas Valley. Most recently, Ayudantes de la Tierra organized an emergency farmworker water distribution for at risk individuals during September’s heat wave.
VERBO South Bay
Based in San Jose, VERBO South Bay is a religious group that aims to bring together a community through Christianity. They host community events and religious sessions throughout the South Bay.
Since opening their San Jose office in 2015, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) has addressed street homelessness in downtown San Jose by providing outreach to those who are homeless, connecting them to services, and linking them to housing. PATH San Jose envisions a world where every person has a home and values creative collaborations, strategic leadership, empowerment for all, and passionate commitment.