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 98% 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 35% of our clients. Seniors make up 13% of our client demographic.
Our partner, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley 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 6,123 people in Fiscal Year 2019-20. Financial assistance includes help with rent, rental deposits, utility bills, medically-related bills, bus passes, gas vouchers and pass-through direct assistance.
Sunnyvale children make up 22% of the population, but represent 35% 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, a gift card for new shoes, and year-round nutritious food so that they can start the new school year off all ready to go from head to toe.
For two 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. Note: Due to COVID-19, we are modifying the Holiday Center program to be a gift card distribution done in a drive-through format.
Services are funded in whole or in part by the City of Sunnyvale.
1160 Kern Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 12:30 - 4:00 PM
FOOD DISTRIBUTION HOURS
Every 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesday of the month
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
TAX ID 94-1713897