February 26, 2015

The 5th Annual Wine Women & Shoes

Author: Maureen Mikel

Wine Women & Shoes Orlando 2015Did you know that tickets are on sale now for Second Harvest Food Bank’s 5th Annual Wine Women & Shoes presented by Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies? For those of you who are thinking about becoming first time guests, and even for those of you who have attended Wine Women & Shoes events in the past, I will tell you- this is an event you won’t want to miss!

On Saturday, April 11th, Wine Women & Shoes Orlando is back for it’s 5th year, and to celebrate this milestone, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! The afternoon will be filled with an incredible variety of wine tastings, delicious hors d’oeuvres, the chance to shop for shoes, handbags and accessories from some of Orlando’s premiere boutiques all in one stop, and did I mention Shoe Guys?? I’m sure I caught you on that last part – yes, Shoe Guys. They’ll be at the event to showcase featured items from the select vendors, making your shopping experience as easy and fun as possible! Read More …

February 26, 2015

The Impact of Volunteers

Author: Judy Odom

Second Harvest Food Bank volunteer groupDid you know volunteers play a huge role in everything we do at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida?  In 2014, over 21,000 volunteers (67,000+ hours) assisted our warehouse staff in sorting and repackaging food for distribution, fundraising events, food shows, administrative work, and more.  What kind of difference did that make? That saved over $1,500,000 for the food bank, allowing us to feed more people in Central Florida!

When we built our new facility in 2013, we wanted to get the community more involved in our visionInspiring and engaging our community to end hunger.  Disney stepped up to the challenge by offering their Imagineers’ creative talent to enhance the walls of our volunteer space and surrounding areas of our warehouse.  The end result is an appealing and creative space that volunteers can come together, have fun, and do something great for our community.   Recently, a Disney artist from their Imagineering team returned and added “Hidden Mickeys” to their artwork – a scavenger hunt of sorts for our visitors. Read More …

February 24, 2015

Friends of the Food Bank

Author: Dave Krepcho

Karla Gotowala of the Golf Channel's Arnie'sToday while visiting an important contributor to the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Golf Channel, our team met Karla Gotowala, General Manager for “Arnie’s”…their food court for employees. Meeting Karla was an unexpected pleasure as she immediately started talking about how she is such a big believer in our Culinary Training program.

At previous locations she worked in, Karla hired a few of our graduates. She claimed that our grads are as equipped, or even more so in some cases, as graduates from established culinary schools. Wow, what a testimonial.

We’re thrilled that out of six graduating classes to-date, we have a 100% job placement rate for our students. Thanks to Karla and many other food service professionals that believe in our mission, we can accomplish such a record. Read More …

February 19, 2015

February Volunteer Spotlight: Joy & Ryan

Author: Melissa Kear

Volunteer Spotlight - Joy & Ryan.jpgDid you know there are health benefits to volunteering? According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, “those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer”. It also helps strength the ability to solve problems and connect with others, making it a great family activity.

That’s why Joy Kleiman decided to bring her son Ryan to volunteer with her at Second Harvest. Because Ryan was initially very quiet, Joy and her husband, who also volunteers sometimes, wanted an activity for their son that would help build his confidence level and provide a new experience. Read More …

February 19, 2015

Empty Plates

Author: Dave Krepcho

…Imagine trying to eat from one of these plates.

One of our partner feeding programs in Brevard County asks visitors to their pantry to jot down their reason for needing food on a paper plate.  The stack they send to us is high, and the reasons cited are incredibly diverse.

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February 19, 2015

Preparing for Summer Food Services for Local Children

Author: Santos Maldonado

Summer Feeding SitesWith the recent unseasonably cold temperatures in Central Florida, it’s hard to imagine that summer vacation for county students is a mere 66 school days away.

Second Harvest Food Bank will seamlessly transition from its Kids Cafe Afternoon Meal Program (AMP) to The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

This USDA funded program allows us to provide free, nutritious, prepared meals to children ages 18 and under while school cafeterias are closed. Read More …