San Mateo High School Canned Food Drive!

SMHS_Food Drive (2)As of Monday, November 30, 2015, the students at have collected 150,000 pounds of food! The food drive is a storied part of San Mateo High’s history. In 2005, students set a world record by collecting more than 300,0000 pounds of food.

On Friday, November 20, 2015, San Mateo High School was honored as Outstanding Philanthropic Youth Organization at this year’s Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day. San Mateo High School was nominated for this award by Samaritan House and Second Harvest Food Bank to honor their that dates back to the early 1980’s when the students started collecting about 20,000 pounds of food on an annual basis.

Their drive soon achieved phenomenal expectations and is now nationally recognized as one of the largest in the country. In 2005 San Mateo High was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the World’s Largest Food Drive over a two week period, even breaking the record twice!

Every holiday season, the focus of the High School’s Leadership Class becomes the community, and student leaders galvanize their school spirit into action. For three weeks every fall, the 1,400 plus students who attend San Mateo High School raise awareness of hunger in the local community, and volunteer their time to help raise money and food for San Mateo County’s low-income families.

The students of San Mateo High School have received numerous awards and community recognition from Samaritan House, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Jefferson Awards,, San Mateo County School Board, and the City of San Mateo Chamber of Commerce among others.  The success of their efforts has been widely publicized in the local media, including local newspapers and television stations.

The San Mateo High School Bearcat Spirit is incredibly powerful!  Year after year, the students put in a world class effort on behalf of hungry families in need across the Bay Area.  We are so pleased to celebrate their extraordinary spirit of generosity at this year’s Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day!

Check this out!

The bearcats get licious in this promo for the magical San Mateo High School canned food drive.


Lyrics by Michelle & Laura Saxton and Jessica Churchill.

Sung by Jessica Churchill with backup by Michelle Saxton and Alex Ewald.

Extra solo sung by Alex Ewald.

San Mateo High Food Drive Kickoff Event – Saturday Nov. 23rd

SMHS-Food-DriveTo kick off San Mateo High School’s annual holiday food drive to benefit Samaritan House and Second Harvest Food Bank (taking place from 11/15-12/2 this year), students from SMHS and Burlingame High will be holding a kick-off event this Saturday, Nov. 23rd. Join us at Hillsdale Shopping Center – Nordstrom Court from 1:00-3:00 pm for a performance from the schools’ choir students to help get you in a festive shopping mood!

(Students won’t be collecting food at the Hillsdale event but Samaritan House donation barrels will be available at customer service to collect toiletries for Safe Harbor and Warm Coats)

SMHS-2We appreciate San Mateo High’s continued support through their annual food drive. For more information about how you can donate to the students’ drive and ways you can help, see the school’s website for the drive: