August 23, 2016

Top Ten Ways to Experience Taste

Author: Maria Diestro

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is back again this year on August 27, 2016 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

In case you haven’t had a chance to get your tickets, use the code LASTCHANCE and get a BOGO 50% deal. The code expires August 26.

To prepare for this amazing evening of signature dishes from Central Florida’s best chefs, and fine wines, craft beers, and specialty cocktails, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 ways to experience this year’s Taste event. Read More …

July 21, 2016

Air Puddin’

Author: Sasha Hausman

An elderly woman at his homeA 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

My Virtual Food Drive Experience

Author: Melissa Kear

vfdOver 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

Why do you volunteer?

Author: Guest Blogger

Lauren ZargariI 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.


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July 15, 2016

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation

Author: Maureen Mikel

Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2016Are 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

Dining in the Dark: SOLD OUT (But…)

Author: Maureen Mikel

Dining in the Dark squareThis 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: 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 …