Building donated to Second Harvest Food Bank

June 20, 2011 11:57:01 AM PDT
A big-hearted CEO made a giant donation Monday to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and he wrapped it up in a big bow. He donated a 75,000 square foot building.

The CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation has always been a big donor to the food bank and when he heard that it need more space, he realized that he could consolidate his employees from four buildings to three and gave the fourth building to the food bank.

"I probably just about fell out of my chair. We had been looking at Second Harvest for some additional space for literally three years and we were having a very difficult time finding space that would work for the food bank. The day that I got the call from T.J. (Rodgers) saying 'I might have a building that I could share with you or maybe even donate to the food bank' was an astounding day," said Second Harvest Food Bank CEO Kathy Jackson.

Demand is up 42 percent at the Second Harvest Food Bank in the last three years. A section of the building will be used to make a new cooler, so they can accept more produce than ever before. The space will allow them to make 18 million more meals a year.

Renovations are still underway and they hope to have everything in place before the busy holiday season.

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