December 8, 2016

Share Your Christmas

Author: Sasha Hausman

Wesh 2 News Share Your ChristmasWESH2 News kicked off their 31st annual Share Your Christmas last week on Giving Tuesday. With your incredible support over $66,000 was raised in one day for our Central Florida Neighbors in need. This week you have followed us all in Volusia, Marion, Brevard, and Osceola Counties. Now, be sure to tune in tomorrow starting at 6 am to 1 pm to see our final Share Your Christmas celebration in Orange County at the WESH2 Studios. There will be special guests with lots of food and funds to give plus lots of holiday cheer!

If you are in Orange or Seminole County, please drop by the WESH Studios anytime tomorrow morning with your donations. Who knows? Maybe you will be put on TV! If you are unable to drop by, but still want to help, be sure to click here.

Special thank you to our friends at WESH2 News for all their hard work to make this possible. Let’s make this a special holiday season for all our neighbors in Central Florida! Read More …



December 7, 2016

A Call From Barbara

Author: Sasha Hausman

Last week we had the pleasure of spending the day at the WESH studios for Giving Tuesday. The generous folks at WESH decided to hold an all-day telethon to raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank. I spent my day doing on camera interviews, answering phones and taking down donation information from generous neighbors and collecting the slips so we could keep track of the money coming in.

Around 1 pm, WESH reporter, Amanda Ober, answered the phone cheerfully “WESH 2 Share Your Christmas Telethon!” as she did about 20 times before. She then called over to me saying, “Sasha, this call is for you”. I was thinking it was a kind family member that wanted to make a donation and say some sweet things about seeing me on TV. Instead, I was surprised to meet Barbara.

Barbara quickly told me that I didn’t know her but she had been watching me on TV. She finally gained the courage to pick up the phone and make this call. She let me know that she is 80 years old and living alone in Winter Park. She just got over pneumonia and was feeling very weak. Bottom line…she was hungry, with nothing in her pantry and no car or family to get her to food. Read More …



December 7, 2016

Top 5 Ways You Can Fight Hunger From Your Phone

Author: Melissa Kear

These days, most of us can’t be seen without our phones in our hands. It’s how we communicate, it’s how we learn, it’s how we’re entertained, and it’s something that’s both convenient and familiar to us. But did you know that your phone is also a powerful tool to fight hunger in Central Florida? Here are the Top 5 Ways you can use your phone to fight hunger in your community.

1. Start a virtual food drive.

This holiday season, we’ve redesigned our virtual food drive to be mobile friendly, which allows you to fundraise more efficiently. It’s even easier to sign up, monitor, and share with your friends, family, and coworkers. Read More …



December 1, 2016

Establishing ‘Healthy Pantries’ in West Orange County

Author: Maria Diestro

Second Harvest food bank green peppersSecond Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, in conjunction with the West Orange Health District, is launching a three-year pilot program to provide healthy food for low-income people struggling with diet-related diseases.

At select partner agencies, the Healthy Pantry network will serve district residents in communities such as Ocoee, Pine Hills, Dr. Phillips, Windermere, Winter Garden and Oakland. Patients, all referred by their healthcare providers, will receive free, three-month vouchers for fresh, nutritious food to supplement their diet and help them manage their diet-related diseases, such as diabetes. In addition, biometric screenings, personal counseling, community education and other support services will also be available. Read More …



November 28, 2016

Your gift is DOUBLE on #GivingTuesday

Author: Maria Diestro

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Giving Tuesday is here! Thanks to Abercrombie, P.A., every dollar that you donate will be matched up to $10,000.

During the next 24 hours, your tax-deductible gift will double and help twice as many kids, seniors and families in Central Florida. Tune into WESH2 News or follow us on social media to see the latest updates!

Maria, with this matching opportunity, your $10 become $20 .. $50 turns into $100! Can you help us provide 200,000 meals to families in need today?
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November 28, 2016

Canstruction Orlando 2016 Wrapup

Author: Guest Blogger

Canstruction Orlando 2016Final results for Canstruction Orlando 2016 are in and we CAN feel the excitement!!!!

This Thanksgiving as you enjoyed your turkey (or like me, ordered out for something a little different!), we hope you’ll remember how much you’ve done this year to help families in Central Florida. With your help this year, Canstruction Orlando has raised (drumroll) over 24,742 food items!

Besides the incredible amount of food raised, you’ve raised an equally impressive amount of additional funding for Second Harvest Food Bank… over $4000! Read More …