Emergency Services for Sunnyvale Residents
Sunnyvale Community Services is here for our neighbors in their time of need. As rents go up and food prices skyrocket, the need is greater than ever here in our own backyard. Fully 96% of our clients have incomes under 200% of the poverty level. The ethnicities of our clients range from Hispanic to White to African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, and more. And, while children represent 22% of the population of Sunnyvale, they represent 39% of our clients. Ten percent of our clients are seniors.
If you are a Veteran who is homeless or if you are facing eviction, we are here to help. We are part of the continuum of care for Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) in Santa Clara County.
Our partner, Second Harvest Food Bank identified two of Sunnyvale’s zip codes as among the ten “neediest” in the county in terms of hunger and food “insecurity.” Their Hunger Index reports that 25% of residents of Santa Clara County are at risk of hunger, and low-income households are spending less on food, which means more food assistance is needed. We are pleased to provide a variety of food programs for our neighbors in need.
Sunnyvale Community Services provided emergency financial aid to approximately 3,000 people in 2014. Financial assistance includes help with rent, rental deposits, utility bills, medically-related bills, bus passes, gas vouchers and pass-through direct assistance.
Challenge Diabetes Program (CDP)
At SCS, part of our mission is to help prevent hunger and the health problems associated with unhealthy eating. Spearheaded by El Camino Hospital, the CDP program provides our clients with free screenings for diabetes and pre-diabetes, monthly bags of diabetes-friendly food, and information on diabetes management and prevention.
Weekend School Food Program
Every Friday during the school year, SCS distributes extra bags of kid-friendly food onsite at select Title I low-income schools in Sunnyvale.
Sunnyvale children make up 22% of the population, but represent 39% of our clients. Every year, with generous donations from many groups and individuals, we are able to give children a brand new backpack stuffed with school supplies so that they can start the new school year off all ready to go.
For 6 weeks every holiday season, our busy warehouse turns into a virtual North Pole with new toys, gifts and food being delivered for people in need. Every December we give our clients the opportunity to shop with dignity for a new toy for each of their children, a new gift for their home for themselves, and two weeks worth of food plus a Safeway giftcard so that their holidays are bright and positive.