Local Charities Need Volunteers, Donations for Thanksgiving Drive

To ensure that everyone can enjoy the holiday, local charities will spend the rest of the week distributing turkeys to needy families.

Volunteers Turn Juvenile Hall Garden into Place of Hope

A garden inside the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall has become a source of solace for teens locked in an otherwise regimented existence.

Happy Thanksgiving! Avoid Black Friday and Pay it Forward

Thanksgiving affords us a little more free time, thankfully. But rather than getting pulled into the chaos that is Black Friday, here’s a list of suggestions on how to give back a little during the four-day weekend.

Cuts Could Leave Poorest Residents in Silicon Valley Searching for Food

The government shutdown may be over, but the Republican-fueled hits keep on coming—especially for Silicon Valley’s most vulnerable citizens. Starting Nov. 1, extra funding provided by the American Recovery Act, President Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package, expire. As a result, people who rely on rely on food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or CalFresh in California, will see their benefits decrease. In addition, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill last month that would cut $40 billion from the program over the next decade—resulting in 3.8 million people getting kicked off the program next year, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.