March 17, 2015

5th Annual Andre Reyna Making a Difference Car Wash

Author: Melissa Kear

Annual "Andre Reyna Making a Difference" Car Wash‘Andre Reyna Making a Difference’ 5th Annual Car Wash to Benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

“Be part of a generation that promotes understanding, compassion and hope,” – Andre Reyna

The 5th annual ‘Andre Reyna Make a Difference’ Car Wash will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, at T.G.I. Friday’s located at 13400 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL, and will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The community event is in remembrance of Andre Reyna, who was tragically killed in a car accident on October 22, 2009 at the age of 21. Read More …

March 16, 2015

Apopka Boys & Girls Club Becomes Latest Addition to Kids Cafe Program

Author: Santos Maldonado

Apopka Boys & Girls Club Kids CafeThis past Wednesday, The Boys & Girls Club at Apopka’s John Bridges Center became the latest addition to our Kids Cafe Program.

The site is expected to serve approximately 100 meals per day to children enrolled at the Boys & Girls Club and the New Journey Youth Center.

The Kids Cafe After School Meal Program operates throughout the school year, providing nutritious, five-component meals to children 18 or under at eligible centers in low income, at-risk communities.

The John Bridges Center is owned and operated by Orange County Government and offers services to residents in the greater Apopka area by partnering with over 19 community groups including Seniors First, Boys and Girls Club, Orange County’s Health and Families Services, UCF’s Community Nursing Center, and Head Start.

The new childhood feeding program was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, Orange County’s Community Action Division, The Department of Health’s Bureau of Child Nutrition, and Second Harvest Food Bank. Read More …

March 9, 2015

5 Ways to Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

Author: Maria Ali Conley, RD, LD/N

5 Ways to bite into a healthy lifestyleDid you know that March 11th is  Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists Day? Don’t forget to wish them a “Happy RDN Day!”

March kicks off National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” Here are 5 ways you can do just that. Read More …

March 5, 2015

Happy Employee Appreciation Day, everyone!

Author: Sasha Hausman

Second Harvest staffHow can we truly thank all of the employees that work at Second Harvest Food Bank? We range from warehouse workers, truck drivers, program managers, chefs, fundraisers and everything in between. We may all have very different jobs, but we all work toward one common goal…to inspire and engage our community to end hunger.

We wanted to show our supporters how special our food bankers really are. We asked a few of them to respond to this hashtag: #WhyIFeed. Here are their responses… Read More …

February 26, 2015

The 5th Annual Wine Women & Shoes

Author: Maureen Mikel

Wine Women & Shoes Orlando 2015Did you know that tickets are on sale now for Second Harvest Food Bank’s 5th Annual Wine Women & Shoes presented by Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies? For those of you who are thinking about becoming first time guests, and even for those of you who have attended Wine Women & Shoes events in the past, I will tell you- this is an event you won’t want to miss!

On Saturday, April 11th, Wine Women & Shoes Orlando is back for it’s 5th year, and to celebrate this milestone, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! The afternoon will be filled with an incredible variety of wine tastings, delicious hors d’oeuvres, the chance to shop for shoes, handbags and accessories from some of Orlando’s premiere boutiques all in one stop, and did I mention Shoe Guys?? I’m sure I caught you on that last part – yes, Shoe Guys. They’ll be at the event to showcase featured items from the select vendors, making your shopping experience as easy and fun as possible! Read More …

February 26, 2015

The Impact of Volunteers

Author: Judy Odom

Second Harvest Food Bank volunteer groupDid you know volunteers play a huge role in everything we do at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida?  In 2014, over 21,000 volunteers (67,000+ hours) assisted our warehouse staff in sorting and repackaging food for distribution, fundraising events, food shows, administrative work, and more.  What kind of difference did that make? That saved over $1,500,000 for the food bank, allowing us to feed more people in Central Florida!

When we built our new facility in 2013, we wanted to get the community more involved in our visionInspiring and engaging our community to end hunger.  Disney stepped up to the challenge by offering their Imagineers’ creative talent to enhance the walls of our volunteer space and surrounding areas of our warehouse.  The end result is an appealing and creative space that volunteers can come together, have fun, and do something great for our community.   Recently, a Disney artist from their Imagineering team returned and added “Hidden Mickeys” to their artwork – a scavenger hunt of sorts for our visitors. Read More …