February 4, 2016

State Support for Growth

Author: Maria Diestro

Dave Krepcho and senator Thad Altman

Senator Thad Altman from Brevard County has joined other legislators to support Second Harvest’s financial request for completion of our facility.

The State of Florida is in the midst of their legislative session and deliberating on how the budget is allocated. Our goal is to distribute 18 million additional meals per year in the year 2020, the facility needs to be completed first!

Please reach out and thank the Senator for his support!

Phone: 850-487-5016
Or email Lindy Smith, Legislative Assistant. She’ll make sure he gets your message. Smith.lindy@flsenate.gov

Thank you,
Dave Krepcho
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

January 28, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Sarah!

Author: Mindy Ortiz

Volunteer Spotlight: SarahSince July of last year, Sarah has been volunteering her time at the food bank. In that time, she has been a tremendous help in several areas.

Sarah helps sort donations when needed, but  is also a frequent face in our Production Kitchen where she helps to create meals for children attending Head Start Programs. She has been instrumental with keeping our cooler area in order and stocked, as well as providing instruction to new volunteers helping out in this area.

“I’m currently looking for employment, so in my off time I like to keep busy and help out at the food bank,” Sarah said when asked why she volunteers. “I love the people here!

Sarah has volunteered close to 300 hours since July of last year. That is $7,000 saved that can go to feeding more of our neighbors in need because Sarah chose to volunteer her time at the food bank. It goes to show how important volunteers are, and why we couldn’t do what we do without them. Read More …

January 26, 2016

Seniors Struggle to Find Nutritious Food

Author: Santos Maldonado

Senior food insecurityHere in Central Florida, and throughout the nation, millions of seniors find it challenging to consistently finenutritious food.

Although our nation produces a rich cornucopia of food and agricultural products valued at an estimated $400 billion annually, 30% to 40% of that food supply, an estimated $162 million, is discarded while millions of American seniors wonder where their next healthy meal will come from.

Nationally, the “food insecure” population among those 50 years of age or over has doubled since 2001 to roughly 10 million.

Florida is ranked 8th in agricultural exports and 12th in number of farms and beef cows, but paradoxically, over 700,000 or 1 in 7 seniors in our state must choose between healthy food and rent or medication.

Moreover, as baby boomers age, the number of food insecure seniors is expected to increase by 50%, further exacerbating an already serious problem. Read More …

January 19, 2016

Local High School Student Raises Over $5,300 in Virtual Food Drive

Author: Maria Diestro

Lauren Bautista raises over $5,300 to fight hungerSince 2012, Second Harvest has offered a fun and unique way for anyone in the community to raise money to fight hunger, called a Virtual Food Drive. It has been truly heartening to see so many individuals and organizations in Central Florida rally their friends, coworkers, and family for a cause that means so much to them – ending hunger in our community, and peer-to-peer tools are a powerful way to do that.

Each year, you begin to see some of those same people come back, more seasoned and ready to go, eager to feed more kids, seniors, and families in their neighborhoods. One such inspiring person is Lauren Bautista, a senior at Bishop Moore High School who has raised over $5,300 so far this year in her virtual food drive. Lauren started volunteering at Second Harvest as a freshman, and would come into the food bank with her family to sort donations and pack meal boxes. When she learned about virtual food drives, she jumped at the chance to make a bigger impact in her community. Read More …

January 11, 2016

Local Community Outreach Event Helps Over 88 Families

Author: Guest Blogger

SFM Eccleston UOChefs 12-2-15The School Farmers Market Resource Fair, a new addition to the Universal Orlando Foundation, Universal Orlando and Second Harvest partnership, Bites Camera Action! was held at Eccleston Elementary School on Wednesday, December 2nd. It was a huge success!

Over 88 families benefited from the event as we distributed 100 large family food boxes filled with nutritious nonperishable such as tuna, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, canned fruit and more. Large bags of fresh produce, like apples, sweet potatoes, and white potatoes, were also distributed.

Community resource providers shared information and services with the parents and children attending, and included health screenings, a mobile medical unit, child care services, employment opportunities, food stamp on-site applications, nutrition information, Orange County library on-site application,  education information on a vast amount of community resources, local food pantries in the area, healthy eating information, and so much more.  Chefs from Universal Orlando even served fresh hot soup, bananas, and bottled water from their fun and fabulous food truck. Read More …

January 11, 2016

Multiplying Loaves & Fishes

Author: Dave Krepcho

Dave's tuna sandwich & appleRecently, I read an article on a single blue fin tuna fish costing $117,000. This truly illustrates the cavernous gap between the classes. When I think of how our organization can distribute $9 worth of groceries for every dollar donated, we could’ve provided $1 million of groceries to people in need or approximately 270,000 meals to kids. Truly a Holy mackerel story.

Dave Krepcho
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida