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 …

June 16, 2015

New Production Kitchen Team Kicks Off Summer Feeding Meals Production

Author: Melissa Kear

Production Kitchen teamJune starts a new venture at Second Harvest Food Bank as school ends and the Summer Feeding Program begins. Thanks to partnerships within the community, for the first time ever, the Darden Foundation Community Kitchen will be supplying 38 feeding sites with healthy, wholesome meals from our very own Production Kitchen!

Using refrigerated trucks, deliveries will be made daily to day cares, summer camps, and other programs for children all summer long to provide delicious meals into low-income areas. This means providing hunger relief to thousands of Central Florida kids at a time when too many families struggle to put enough food on the table without school breakfast and lunch to supplement meals.

Something also new this year is a mobile unit that will deliver meals to mobile home parks and apartment complexes, helping meet the need of those kids who are unable to attend summer camps or other programs. This new mobile unit will help reach children that are often times left home to take care of themselves, and have very little access to summer meal sites. Read More …

June 12, 2015

Partner Spotlight: Montverde United Methodist Church

Author: Hailee Mertz

Montverde-UMCThe Montverde United Methodist Church’s Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is located in a small town of 1,550 residents, tucked away outside the northeast end of Clermont in Lake County. In 2010, the church decided to expand their food ministry beyond preparing and distributing meals to homeless clients living in downtown Orlando, and established a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank as the only emergency food pantry in their area. The residents of Montverde saw 27,500 pounds of food aid brought to their community during the pantry’s first full year of operation.

Today, Julie and Robert Bennett, with some help from an awesome team of volunteers, serve over 122,500 pounds of food to nearly 1,800 households per year. Their efforts have inspired local schools and organizations to coordinate food drives and prepare special birthday bags with cake mixes, icing, and candles for families unable to afford them. This past March, Montverde

United Methodist’s food pantry decided to do even more for their clients by hosting a Mobile Drop for the community. In just one afternoon, 236 individuals received 12,000 pounds of food! Read More …

June 8, 2015

Chef Kevin Fonzo Cooks Up an Amazing Chef’s Night

Author: Melissa Kear

May 2015 Chef's Night with Chef Kevin Fonzo of K RestaurantBefore this past Chef’s Night, I have never had the chance to attend any of the Catering for Good’s Chef’s Night events. Boy, did I pick a good one to attend!

On May 20, 2015, Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant in College Park hosted a superb Chef’s Night out of our Darden Foundation Community Kitchen, and I was onboard for an in-kitchen, in-dining experience that I am still excited to talk about over a week later.

Joined by a team of two other guys, Sous Chef Jason and Chef Ryan, this trio worked with Chef Jill of our Darden Foundation Community Kitchen and select students from our Culinary Training Program to create a delicious 4-course dining experience.

And it was truly an amazing experience. Chef’s Fonzo’s menu was full of farm-to-table goodness, many things I had never before experienced, such as roasted Tomazin Farms Beets with whipped Turtle Creek Farms goat cheese, pistachio brittle, toasted cumin, and orange. Chef’s Night is definitely a great way to experience new flavors, and new dishes you might never have thought to try before. Read More …

June 3, 2015

Help Fill the Need – June 1-30

Author: Maria Diestro

Help Fill the NeedWhen school lets out for summer, children who depend on free or reduced meals often go hungry, and the need for food donations increases. But you can help Second Harvest Food Bank and Goodwill “Fill the Need.”

In June, when you donate gently used clothing and household items at Goodwill, you can also donate non-perishable food for Second Harvest.

By filling the bin, you fill the need for our community. Help ensure that no child goes hungry. View story on WFTV.com. Read More …