February 17, 2017

A Spotlight on Senior Hunger

Author: Melissa Kear

This year in Orange County alone, nearly 15,000 seniors face food insecurity. As “baby boomers” move into retirement, these numbers could easily increase. From a population that has helped shape so much advancement and innovation in our day-to-day life, that are grandparents, veterans, teachers, and caregivers, it is heartbreaking to know that there are so many who have to worry about having enough to eat.

An estimated 12% of the senior population in Orange County is thought to struggle with food insecurity, and while it sounds like a low number, it is important to note the effects of hunger on seniors is exponentially more devastating than other age groups. Read More …



February 15, 2017

You’re Invited to the 7th Annual Wine Women & Shoes Orlando

Author: Maureen Mikel

What are you doing on Saturday, April 22nd from 2p – 6p? We hope the answer is “Attending Wine Women and Shoes Orlando!”

Come join us for a fabulous time at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for the 7th Annual Wine Women and Shoes Orlando presented by Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. Tickets are now on sale, and can be purchased on our new site: www.wwsorlando.org! We are offering General Admission, VIP admission and Corporate tables this year – we always sell out, so be sure to secure your spot!

The afternoon will be filled with delicious wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres, an exciting look at the latest fashions by Diana Simaan, and mingling (or flirting) with the best of the best Sole Men you could ask for! We are also thrilled to announce that Chad Pitt of AMP 101.9 will be returning to host the event! Read More …



February 7, 2017

Start a virtual food drive and help families in Central Florida

Author: Maria Diestro

Are you looking to give back this year in a unique way? Second Harvest’s virtual food drive tool is a great way to get you or your group involved with ending hunger in Central Florida in an easy, immediate and highly effective way. Did I mention that it’s also really fun?

Whether it’s for your birthday, your wedding, a sports event or graduation, you can use our virtual food drive tool to raise awareness and help fight hunger in our community.

Below are some benefits of running a virtual food drive:

– Easy to use and manage.
– It’s the greenest and easiest of all food drives.
– Allows for group participation. Competition-style drives can encourage greater participation. Read More …



January 25, 2017

Publix & Hormel Partner to make another Impactful Year with Hams For Hunger

Author: Kirsten Langan

Each year from September 1st to December 31st, Publix Super Markets, Hormel® and Cure 81® partner to donate hams to those in need through the Ham’s for Hunger program.  This year on January  10th Second Harvest Food Bank received a wonderful and much-needed donation of 500 fresh Hormel Hams.

Thanks to our network of 550 partner agencies, these hams were able to be rapidly distributed into our Central Florida community.  Publix  & Hormel also partnered up in the Gainesville area to donate 500 fresh Hormel Hams to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, extending their generous gift throughout Florida.

We cannot thank Publix Super Markets enough for this wonderful donation and their ongoing support and contributions to our Hunger Relief efforts here in Central Florida. Read More …



January 24, 2017

WWS Silent Auction: How to help.

Author: Maureen Mikel



January 21, 2017

Saying Goodbye to a Food Bank Friend

Author: Erin Gray

Walt WillisWe wanted to share a little bit about a dear Food Bank friend of ours who sadly passed away recently.

When we think of a person who works with and helps the senior population in Central Florida, we instantly would think of Walt Willis.  Our seniors are one of the most vulnerable and growing populations in our country, and Walt was a man who devoted most of his life to helping them.

Throughout the years, Walt has been recognized for his service with seniors, including Volunteer of the Year with the City of Orlando and Every Day Heroes on Channel 13. At Second Harvest Food Bank we could always count on Walt to join any committee, council or subgroup that we had. Walt’s devotion to senior hunger was beyond commendable.   Read More …