October 15, 2014

We Can Era-dicate Hunger!

Author: Maureen Mikel

Canstruction Orlando 2014Are you all ready to ERAdicate hunger? Well, the teams of Canstruction are! On Sunday, October 19th, Orlando Fashion Square Mall will host the 21st Annual Canstruction Orlando Competition. There will be 11 different teams made up of anyone from architects to engineers to designers that will gather to build gigantic “Era” themed structures from their favorite eras. The best part? Each structure is made entirely out of canned and non-perishable foods that will go straight to helping our neighbors in need after the event! Nothing like a little friendly can-building competition between organizations to help in the fight against hunger!

Don’t worry if you can’t make it out to Fashion Square Mall on October 19th, because the Canstruction structures will be up through October 26th! Be sure to stop by and check out these spectacular visions and vote for your favorite one by liking their photo on the Canstruction Facebook page.

We’d like to give a special shout out to the teams that are participating in this year’s Canstruction event. These builds can be quite the challenge, but we know you all are up for it! We also cannot wait to see the finished products! Read More …



October 8, 2014

Thank You!

Author: Dave Krepcho

Thank you! The results are in! Because of your votes, we were able to access a $60,000 Walmart grant that will help provide an additional 315,000 meals into our community.

Thank you for taking the time to vote for us daily during this year’s grant contest.

Every vote you cast, every friend you called, and every share you made on Facebook and Twitter made a difference.

On behalf of our neighbors in need we thank you so much for helping out!

Dave Krepcho,
CEO/President



September 30, 2014

September Volunteer Spotlight: Alexander Medina

Author: Melissa Kear

September Volunteer Spotlight Alexander MedinaEvery year, September is proclaimed Hunger Action Month – an entire month devoted to hunger awareness, all across the country. Each day of the month a new action is suggested to help fight hunger and bring awareness to this issue through going orange, social media interactions, special events, and more. Volunteering is always a favorite hunger action, which brings us to this month’s Volunteer Spotlight! A true Hunger Hero, we are happy to introduce you to Alexander Medina, September’s Volunteer Spotlight.

Also a financial donor of Second Harvest, Alexander has only started volunteering with the food bank since May of this year, and has already donated over 178 hours of his time to volunteering at Second Harvest. Quickly picking up the routines of the warehouse, Alexander is easy to spot as he bounces from one project to the next. Between effortlessly getting new volunteers oriented on projects, to running around the warehouse to shrink wrap pallets or using the manual jack to move pallets, Alexander never hesitates helping where he is needed. Read More …



September 23, 2014

Foodie Bloggers Come Together to Help Feed Hope with New Cookbook

Author: Melissa Kear

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: healthy slow cooker dinners from our kitchens to yours cookbookWorking with local bloggers is nothing new to us at Second Harvest. We have been lucky enough to have a wonderful relationship with a lot of talented bloggers located right here in Central Florida: to help promote our special events, participate in campaigns, and even volunteer here at the food bank. This year, a group of bloggers, both local and across the country, did something a little extra special for the food bank, they created an entire cookbook around healthy, slow cooker recipes, and dedicated sales back to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

The “Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchen to Yours” cookbook is full of slow cooker dinner recipes from over 30 bloggers in the United States. It includes recipes for delicious meals like Raspberry-Chipotle Chicken Tacos, Thai Coconut Curry Beef and Broccoli, Spiced Lentil Stew, and even a recipe straight out of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Darden Foundation Community Kitchen by our very own Chef Instructor, Jill Holland, for Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork. There is sure to be something great for all your tastes. Read More …



September 17, 2014

Your daily clicks can help us provide 315,000 meals

Author: Dave Krepcho

Walmart-Voting-Flyer2As part of their Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign, Walmart is giving out $3 million to Feeding American Food banks. The top 50 food banks with the most votes, will each get a $60,000 grant!

With this grant, Second Harvest will be able to provide an additional 315,000 meals into our Central Florida community. But we can’t do it without your votes!

Just go to: http://www.walmart.com/fighthunger, type in your zip code and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will come up. You can vote once per day from now until October 5, 2014.

You can help us get more votes by going to our Spark Hunger page. The page has images, posters, suggested posts and more that you can use.

Thank you for your support and please share with everyone you know! Read More …



September 17, 2014

Feeding Hope Happy Hour

Author: Maureen Mikel

Second Harvest's Feeding Hope for Happy Hour 2014We are about half-way through Hunger Action Month, and we are SO impressed with how much help we’ve had from the community to raise awareness of hunger right here in Central Florida! Thank you all so much for participating in Hunger Action Month so far!

We especially wanted to give a shout out to those of you who were able to attend our “Feeding Hope Happy Hour” last Wednesday. This Happy Hour was the first event of its kind, and we were so pleased with the turn out! Read More …