July 29, 2015

Partner Spotlight: Eau Gallie First Baptist Church Food Pantry

Author: Valerie Carl

Agency Spotlight: Eau-Gallie-FBCEau Gallie First Baptist Church Food Pantry has been serving the residents of Melbourne for more than a decade.

Their mission, “To share the love of Jesus by providing food to those less fortunate in our community,” is carried out through the pantry’s twice weekly client distributions. For the past year, Second Harvest Food Bank has provided food for the approximately 75 food bags, filled with nonperishable staples like canned meats and mac n cheese, that are distributed each week.

The team at Eau Gallie Food Pantry shared that, “If Second Harvest was not here to help us, our food budget would not stretch as far…meaning we could not serve as many families.  It’s an honor to be able to serve.”

Thank you, Eau Gallie FBC, for your help in the fight against hunger in Brevard County! Read More …



July 24, 2015

Breakfasts, Lunches, and Snacks Now Being Served at Over 60 Locations.

Author: Santos Maldonado

kids eat free hereDuring the month of June, Second Harvest served 68,300 meals to approximately 3,000 youngsters at 66 different Summer Food locations in three counties. That’s close to 100,000 pounds of food in the first 22 operational days!

The Summer Food Service Program for Children, known in Florida as the “Summer BreakSpot,”is a freshly prepared food program that helps bridge the nutritional gap during school vacation when children lack access to school cafeterias.

For the first time in its 8-year sponsorship of the program, Second Harvest is not only preparing fresh summer meals in its community kitchen, but also offering them up at selected locations from the window of a customized food truck making multiple stops.  Historically, the challenges faced by this state-reimbursed program have been geography and awareness. The mobile feeding model is flexible; it can be rerouted and scheduled as needed. Read More …



July 10, 2015

Story of Hope and Courage: Meet Chelle

Author: Melissa Kear

Story of Hope and Courage - Meet ChelleFor years Chelle stocked a miniature food shelf in her garage. She and her husband ran a daycare for low-income families. About three times a week someone would ask them for help. She led them to her garage and said take whatever you need. They had more than enough.

Then the economy crashed. Their daycare attendance dropped from 12 kids to 5, and their income from $4000 a month to less than $1000. In a matter of months, they were destitute.

One day Chelle opened up the fridge and it was empty. She really didn’t want to apply for food stamps, but she couldn’t let her little girl go hungry – even if it meant swallowing her pride. Chelle and her husband are hard workers, working usually 60 hours a week each just to barely keep their heads above water, but it still wasn’t enough. They needed help. “It is hard, but I am grateful to have food stamps. It’s nice to know my daughter is taken care even when we can’t fully provide for her on our own,” Chelle says.

Chelle continues to say that education is the only way she can think of to pull her family up out of poverty. Right now she am enrolled in graduate school full time – on top of operating the daycare. It’s her dream that when she graduates, Chelle and her family can be self-sufficient again. Not only that, but that they can give back again as well. Read More …



July 8, 2015

Orlando SWAT talks Dining in the Dark

Author: Melissa Kear

2014 Dining in the Dark OrlandoJuly 16, 2015, members of the Orlando SWAT team will be joining Second Harvest Food Bank and Lighthouse Central Florida for a second year of Dining in the Dark Orlando. A team of SWAT members will play the role of servers, as they use their night vision goggles to direct guests into a pitch black dining room, and serve them their meals throughout the evening.

A couple SWAT team members who joined us last year are back, and sat down to explain why they participate in Dining in the Dark and some of their favorite moments about the event.

Find out more information about this unique dining experience and how it sheds some light on hunger and vision loss in Central Florida at www.dininginthedarkorlando.com, and don’t worry – if you accidently spill wine on your blouse, or nearly trip over a chair, your neighbor won’t ever know it happened, and these guys won’t tell! Read More …



June 30, 2015

Calling All Aspiring Chefs!

Author: Idalia Nunez

CK GraduationAre you or somebody you know interested in our Culinary Training Program?

Second Harvest Food Bank’s Culinary Program is a 14-week continuing education opportunity offering at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry. The program is completely FREE to qualified applicants and has a 100% employment placement rate for students who graduate the program.

Classes are held Monday–Friday at Second Harvest Food Bank from 8:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Applications are being accepted now for the following sessions:

SESSION DATES                                                  APPLICATION DEADLINE

August 3, 2015 – November 6, 2015                     July 25, 2015

September 21, 2015 – December 18, 2015           September 10, 2015

 

You may apply in person at 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando FL, or, simply download our application here.

For more information, contact Idalia Nunez at inunez@feedhopenow.org or 407-514-1037.

Get a taste of the program here:

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June 26, 2015

Summer Nutrition

Author: Dave Krepcho

Mayor Buddy Dyer and Second Harvest President/CEO Dave Krepcho

Volunteers were in to build emergency food boxes for people in need, in particular for kids. This is one activity included within the “Summer of Dreams” initiative that is championed by Fifth Third Bank. As the major sponsor of the initiative, Fifth Third continues to make a multi-year ongoing commitment – making a huge difference.

Summer time is the most critical time to feed kids because they are out of school and not enjoying the free school breakfast and lunch program. Many families are still struggling with trying to make ends meet. One in four children in Central Florida don’t know where their next meal is coming from. This fact is something that no child should have to worry about. Major kudos to Fifth Third and all of the sponsors of the Summer of Dreams initiative – you’re a huge part of the solution to hunger. Read More …