Last week one of our outreach staff at Second Harvest Food Bank met Henry at the public library. Henry is a 55-year old man who was living a typical family life until 2011, when he lost his job at the Kennedy Space Center. In that moment, his secure life tumbled away from him. Unable to find work at the level he needed to maintain financial commitments, Henry burned through the savings, lost his car, and ultimately his house to foreclosure. The most devastating blow came when his wife of many years announced she was leaving him.
For a while, Henry was able to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food stamp assistance by using a friend’s home address, but after the death of his caring friend, Henry lost that vital mailing address. Finally, he met another kind soul who agreed to allow him to use her address, and Henry set off to the library to seek help in re-applying for SNAP benefits.. Read More …
December 17, 2014
With the holiday season in full swing, sometimes it is hard to remember there are kids, seniors, and families who are still struggling to afford the basic necessities, like food, housing, and transportation. Here are five easy ways to give back while you check off friends and family from your shopping list. Read More …
December 10, 2014
As part of my highly accelerated orientation program here at Second Harvest Food Bank, I have offered up my time to several departments that venture out from the food bank. I immersed myself in several of the ongoing offsite projects we currently undertake, like food drops in Bithlo, Kids Café, branch visits and a Winter Park Cook-Off. Recently, I also had the pleasure of riding along on a Grocery Alliance route with our very own Raymond.
As I have been from the beginning, I was struck again by the power of this organization and its people. Wherever we went that day, Raymond knew exactly who he was speaking to, their story and their habits, and they all knew him too. As busy as some of these locations were, all took the time and seemed to be genuinely happy to help. You could literally see it in their faces as the various departments brought their carts out to us for what was clearly not the first time. Read More …
December 9, 2014
Winter Park understands the true meaning of community. Feed the Need 2014 took place throughout the month of November. The City of Winter Park, Chamber of Commerce members, Rollins College, local businesses, and generous individuals all donated money to support Second Harvest Food Bank. We are happy and proud that they not only met, but exceeded their initial goal of $50,000. Winter Park’s Feed the Need 2013 raised $92,418.56! In food bank math, that equals $831,767 worth in food value! This is absolutely incredible. Read More …
December 4, 2014
I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for supporting our mission on the biggest giving day of the year, #GivingTuesday.
Because of your support, we received over $58,000 to help our neighbors in need in one day. This number will bring over 160,000 meals into the Central Florida community.
Your donations are already working to provide more food to families, seniors and kids in our community.
A huge thanks goes out to PCL Construction and Wells Fargo for providing matching donations on December 2. Another special thanks goes out to WESH2 News Share Your Christmas for being our community partners on #GivingTuesday.
Once again, thank you for supporting Second Harvest Food Bank and for thinking of our neighbors in need on #GivingTuesday!
November 24, 2014
Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Your friends are chatting eagerly about mashed potatoes, turkey covered in gravy, and pumpkin pie.
But at your house, you’ll be lucky to have a bowl of cereal.
Your stomach rumbles, and you pull your coat together to hide the sounds as you step off the school bus. The sidewalk to your house seems especially long today. As you reach to open your front door, you close your eyes tight and wish as hard as you can that tomorrow won’t be just another day without enough food. Read More …