A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit one of our partner feeding programs, The Woodbury Pantry. This incredible agency distributes 10,000 pounds of food that they pick up from Second Harvest Food Bank every Monday. That day, I had the pleasure of meeting a vibrant 73 year old woman named Cordie.
I noticed her right away. She walked slow and steady with a walker but had a big smile on her face and bright blue eyes. As she walked up to receive her number to receive food she stopped and said hello to every person she passed. Everyone knew Cordie, and I knew I wanted to know her too.
I sat down with her and we began talking. She told me that she was there to pick up food for her family of 4. Her and her three great grandkids ages 14, 11, and 8. She says that the kids keep her young but it is a struggle to make ends meet on her limited and fixed income. Her husband died over a year ago so it is just her and the little ones now. Cordie doesn’t just come to Woodbury for the food, but for companionship too. This community has helped her through many trying times.
I asked Cordie if she ever had to skip any meals in order to feed her great grandchildren. She then asked me “You ever have air puddin”? Read More …
July 21, 2016
Over the past four years, I have had the chance to meet and get to know some pretty great people through our Virtual Food Drive. For them, this tool is an easy and interactive way to raise money toward ending hunger in their community, provides a great representation of how far their monetary donations can really go, and fun to use.
At Second Harvest Food Bank, we are able to turn any $1 donation into $9 in grocery value. The food bank’s incredibly efficient distribution model gives every dollar donated exponentially more power over what you could buy in a store, giving even the smallest donation an impact on hunger. The virtual food drive shopping cart helps provide an illustrative representation of this. For example, a $7 donation has the potential to provide 288 tomatoes, or a $12 donation to provide 45 pounds of cheese! Read More …
July 19, 2016
I am so thankful for the wonderful volunteers here at Second Harvest, and that I get the opportunity to hear about their hearts for the hungry. So many set aside time in effort to fight hunger, and that is what makes this community so great.
I met Lauren Zargari a few weeks ago and it was her first time at the food bank. She said, “I think its important to give back to the community and help anywhere you can. It was really eye opening when I got here because I was educated on what is going on in our community and how many people are actually in need.”
Lauren helped package meals for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). She said she specifically picked that act of service because she wanted to help with feeding children.
July 15, 2016
Are you getting antsy with anticipation for Orlando’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry? We don’t blame you! So many culinary delights and premium wine, cocktail and beer tastings await – not to mention all the goodies to bid on in the Silent Auction!
The great news is, there are so many events you can attend leading up to Orlando’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry that will help satiate that event hunger, and better yet, benefit the cause! Read More …
July 15, 2016
This just in: The 3rd annual Dining in the Dark Orlando benefiting Lighthouse Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is SOLD OUT!
Thanks to everyone that acted fast to get tickets, and for those of you that weren’t able to snag any, please be sure to put your name on the Wait List so that we can notify you if spots become available! That can be found here: www.DiningInTheDarkOrlando.com. This list is on a first come first serve basis, and by entering your name you’ll also receive the early notification e-mail for next year’s Dining in the Dark Orlando so you won’t miss out!
We can’t wait to see everyone (especially our Guest Servers from the Orlando Police Department SWAT Team!) on Wednesday, July 27th from 6p – 9p as Dining in the Dark Orlando helps to bring light to the isolation that hunger and vision loss can cause. Read More …
June 28, 2016
When the 18 wheeler drove into the parking lot at 580 W. Jackson Street, some 80 volunteers were ready and waiting to begin the process of unwrapping, unpacking, sorting and bagging. The semi from Second Harvest Food Bank is like a box of chocolates; we never know what we will get. We do know it will all be good.
On Friday June 24, 2016, the Shiloh Baptist Church food pantry hosted its 5th Mobile Food Drop. As early as 7:45 a.m. the line had already begun to form. This food drop provided food to persons residing in the Parramore and neighboring communities.
Shiloh members were joined by family, friends, and members of St. Richards Episcopal Church in a huge volunteer effort to place some 32,808 pounds of food into the hands of more than 315 households. Read More …