April 15, 2014

West Side Sanford Boys & Girls Flock To New Kids Cafe

Author: Santos Maldonado

West Side Sanford Boys & Girls Flock To New Kids CafeOn April 1st, a day commonly associated with foolishness, over 150 youngsters walked into the Westside Boys & Girls Club to find that our months old promise of after school meals was no joke.

This latest addition to our Kids Cafe program is located at 919 S. Persimmon Avenue, not far from historic Goldsboro. The after school haven is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the City of Sanford, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Seminole County Public Schools, The Department of Health’s Bureau of Child Nutrition, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Last month, our sister county to the south gained another Kids Cafe. Geographic balance was achieved by adding one to the north. The site is expected to serve approximately 33,000 meals during a full academic year.

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April 2, 2014

Culinary Training Program Anniversary

Author: Dawn Viola

Culinary Training Program teachingThis week marks an important milestone for Second Harvest: One year ago, on April 1st, we welcomed our first group of students into the Culinary Training Program. To date, we have graduated 28 students, and are currently working with our fourth group, scheduled to graduate June 13th. We have 100% employment placement rates upon graduation, and job retention rates well above the country’s average as compared to similar programs across the United States.

Early on, it was recognized that life skills training would be a key component to the success of our program and students. One of the exciting trends we are seeing is that as we increased the number of hours of life skills training for our students, the job retention rates also increased; this speaks volumes on so many levels. As we move forward into our second year, we will continue to build a strong community of culinary industry partners. Read More …



March 21, 2014

Kissimmee Children Benefit from a New Kids Cafe at Lakeside Recreation Center

Author: Santos Maldonado

Lakeside Kids CafeLakeside Recreation Center in Kissimmee is the latest addition to our Kids Cafe Program.

The Parks, Recreation and Leisure Division’s Center is located in Mark Durbin Park and adjacent to Cypress Elementary School.
As many as fifty children daily will now be able to enjoy a nutritious supper once their school day is over. To show their appreciation, the youngsters presented us with a colorful and personalized “Thank You” poster .

There was genuine excitement in the air as the kids posed for a group photo. Some asked for seconds and all expressed appreciation for the meals. Recreational Coordinator Kristina Thornton will incorporate the meal service into the center’s existing after school activities which include the Dynamic After School Hours Program, or “DASH”. Read More …



March 21, 2014

Hoops Against Hunger

Author: Sasha Hausman

Hoops Against HungerOur very own Orlando Magic are true legends both on and off the court! They proved that this month with Hoops for Hunger. On Wednesday, March 12th the Orlando Magic donated $5 for every ticket purchased to the game that night.

Also, they donated a meal for every point the Magic scored (112 meals!). It doesn’t end there…the Orlando Magic also graciously raffled off two court side seats for an upcoming Magic game to anyone who gave a donation that night. Thanks to all of those efforts combined, Second Harvest Food Bank will be able to provide thousands of meals to our Central Floridians in need. Read More …



March 20, 2014

Wine Women & Shoes Fashion Show Feature: Diana Simaan Kessler

Author: Melissa Kear

Diana Simaan FashionApril 12, 2014 marks the 4th Annual Wine Women & Shoes Orlando. Every year, a committee of volunteers committed to fighting hunger and giving back to Central Florida come together to make every year better than the last. This year will be no exception!  Something we are extremely excited for this year is the fashion show. Joining us this year is Diana Simaan Kessler, who will be premiering her new collection!

In February of last year, Diana launched her line at the New York Fashion Week, and we are both honored and excited she will be debuting her newest collection at this year’s Wine Women & Shoes Orlando!  Learn more about Diana, her inspirations, and what she loves about the Central Florida scene in the interview below: Read More …



March 19, 2014

Second Harvest Graduates Third Set of Culinary Students

Author: Maria Diestro

Third Culinary Training Program Graduation GroupOn Friday, March 7, 2014, nine students graduated from Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program. We couldn’t be more proud of these nine individuals and wish them much success out in the work force!

Culinary Training Class:
Barbara J., Latasha C., John E., James H., Kenneth N., Luis F., Victor N., Sherreill R. and Rachael O.

The students held internship positions at: Foodie Catering, Isleworth Country Club, Siemens Corporate Dining, First Baptist Orlando and the Darden Foundation Community Kitchen.

We are happy to report that all nine students have been placed in culinary jobs at the following companies: IHOP, Panera Bread, Foodie Catering, Isleworth Golf & Country Club, Compass-USA, Second Harvest Food Bank and Errol Estate Country Club. Read More …