October 30, 2014

“In The Zone” with Arnold Palmer Pediatric Residents and Midway Safe Harbor’s Kids Cafe

Author: Santos Maldonado

midwaySince mid-September, pediatric residents from Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children have been visiting Sanford’s Midway Safe Harbor Kids Cafe to interact with children, parents and staff.

In the Zone is a medical education program that gives residents a chance to leave the examining room and get out into the community where they can witness the circumstances and factors that impact a child’s health and helps prepare them to act as effective leaders and agents of change within the community, with the ultimate goal of eliminating healthcare disparities for people of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Read More …

October 29, 2014

Winter Park is Fed Up with Hunger

Author: Sasha Hausman

Feed the Need I’d like to invite you to join us in an exciting community-wide effort to raise funds to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s mission of providing food for those who are struggling in our community.

This fall the Winter Park community including the City of Winter Park, Rollins College, Sodexo, Think Creative and Winter Park Chamber of Commerce will come together to help end hunger in Central Florida. Winter Park’s 2nd annual Feed the Need, presented by Florida Distributing Co., Mayflower Retirement Community and Winter Park Memorial Hospital, is not your average food drive.  It is the first of its kind, community-wide effort to raise funds for our Central Florida neighbors in need.  During its inaugural year in 2013, over $101,000 were raised by our generous neighbors. The money raised was able to provide close to a million dollars’ worth of food value to hungry children, families and seniors. Read More …

October 29, 2014

Hogtoberfest 2014

Author: Maureen Mikel

Orlando Harley-Davidson Hogtoberfest 2014 winnerOrlando Harley Davidson presents: Hogtoberfest 2014 was a HUGE success! Thank you to everyone that attended the event! For those of you who were not able to make it, I’ll share a little bit of what went down. The weather was absolutely gorgeous for this outdoor festival, and guests were able to mingle, check out Harleys for sale – and one in particular that they could win, purchase delicious food and beverage offerings from the Chefs of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s culinary training program, and rock out to the live music performances by special guests Rock City, One Wild Nite, and finally, classic rock legend Eddie Money! One special guest even walked away as the winner of the raffle drawing to win a 2015 Harley Street Glide! Congratulations again, Jeff Davis!

Not only was this a great day full of food, drinks, fun, and music, but it was also an amazing fundraiser for the fight against hunger! Orlando Harley Davidson was extremely generous in donating a 2015 Street Glide to Second Harvest Food Bank, so 100% of proceeds from the raffle tickets to win the motorcycle went straight to Second Harvest Food Bank’s childhood hunger programs! In addition to those proceeds, all of the proceeds from every single food and beverage purchase was donated to Second Harvest Food Bank’s childhood hunger programs as well! So what does that mean? Nearly $50,000 was donated straight to Second Harvest. WOW!! Read More …

October 24, 2014

A powerful way to help

Author: Dave Krepcho

A powerful way to help With the holidays quickly approaching, many of Second Harvest Food Bank’s 550+ partner feeding programs are working hard to get ready for what is anticipated to be another record season of demand for their services. Nearly a third of that food will land on the plates of children.

Today I write to ask you to please consider giving the gift of hope to kids in our community this fall by launching your own virtual food drive.

Join the 26+ groups and individuals that have already set up a virtual drive for our neighbors in need. Don’t forget that Second Harvest can provide up to $9 worth of food value for every dollar that is donated! Read More …

October 24, 2014

Give the gift of hope with our holiday cards

Author: Maureen Mikel

Join us as we celebrate the Season of Giving through our Holiday Gift Alternative Program. For a gift of only $5 (or more if you wish) per card, we will share your holiday greetings with friends, family and colleagues letting them know that you have made a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank on their behalf.

Just leave all the work to us! We will personalize your card, print it, stamp it and mail it for you. All you need to do is fill out our order form. Please know that each card you send will provide 20 meals to kids, families and seniors that need your support this holiday season.

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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 …