September 23, 2014

Foodie Bloggers Come Together to Help Feed Hope with New Cookbook

Author: Melissa Kear

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: healthy slow cooker dinners from our kitchens to yours cookbookWorking with local bloggers is nothing new to us at Second Harvest. We have been lucky enough to have a wonderful relationship with a lot of talented bloggers located right here in Central Florida: to help promote our special events, participate in campaigns, and even volunteer here at the food bank. This year, a group of bloggers, both local and across the country, did something a little extra special for the food bank, they created an entire cookbook around healthy, slow cooker recipes, and dedicated sales back to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

The “Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchen to Yours” cookbook is full of slow cooker dinner recipes from over 30 bloggers in the United States. It includes recipes for delicious meals like Raspberry-Chipotle Chicken Tacos, Thai Coconut Curry Beef and Broccoli, Spiced Lentil Stew, and even a recipe straight out of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Darden Foundation Community Kitchen by our very own Chef Instructor, Jill Holland, for Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork. There is sure to be something great for all your tastes. Read More …

September 17, 2014

Your daily clicks can help us provide 315,000 meals

Author: Dave Krepcho

Walmart-Voting-Flyer2As part of their Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign, Walmart is giving out $3 million to Feeding American Food banks. The top 50 food banks with the most votes, will each get a $60,000 grant!

With this grant, Second Harvest will be able to provide an additional 315,000 meals into our Central Florida community. But we can’t do it without your votes!

Just go to:, type in your zip code and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will come up. You can vote once per day from now until October 5, 2014.

You can help us get more votes by going to our Spark Hunger page. The page has images, posters, suggested posts and more that you can use.

Thank you for your support and please share with everyone you know! Read More …

September 17, 2014

Feeding Hope Happy Hour

Author: Maureen Mikel

Second Harvest's Feeding Hope for Happy Hour 2014We are about half-way through Hunger Action Month, and we are SO impressed with how much help we’ve had from the community to raise awareness of hunger right here in Central Florida! Thank you all so much for participating in Hunger Action Month so far!

We especially wanted to give a shout out to those of you who were able to attend our “Feeding Hope Happy Hour” last Wednesday. This Happy Hour was the first event of its kind, and we were so pleased with the turn out! Read More …

September 8, 2014

HOGTOBERFEST 2014—Get your motor running.

Author: Greg Higgerson

hogtoberfest_03This October, another powerful stroke against hunger in our community will result from an important partnership between Orlando Harley Davidson and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. As the largest Harley Davidson dealership in America, Orlando Harley Davidson takes helping out our less fortunate neighbors very seriously.

Whether you ride a motorcycle or not, please plan to join us at Hogtoberfest 2014 for a great day of food, fun, and music. The festival takes place on Saturday, October 18th between noon and 9 pm at Orlando Harley Davidson in Orlando (next to I-4).

Here’s what you can expect: First, you’ll enjoy live music on the main stage from local classic rock bands, culminating with a free concert at 7 pm by rock legend Eddie Money. While at the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase delectable food and beverage offerings created by none other than the Chefs of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s culinary training program. Every single food or beverage purchase at Hogtoberfest is 100% donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s childhood hunger programs. You can be a part of helping to change a child’s life for the better, simply by showing up and getting something to eat! Read More …

September 5, 2014

Culinary Training Students Join Disney Executive Chefs for Mock Interviews

Author: Idalia Nunez

Class 5 students at California GrillLast Thursday Walt Disney World hosted our culinary students at the Disney Contemporary Convention Services Center for mock interviews with the Disney Executive Chef team. From the moment we arrived at the Disney Contemporary Convention Services Center we were treated like royalty.

Chef Robert Gilbert welcomed us and introduced the team of Disney Executive Chefs. There was over 175 years of combined experience in the room. The Executive Chefs were paired with students for interviews. This gave the students the opportunity to meet one on one with the Chefs and glean from the Chefs’ vast fountain of knowledge and expertise. Second Harvest is truly honored to have our culinary training students experience this unique and rare opportunity. Read More …

September 4, 2014

Summer Food Program for Children Serves 90,329 Meals in 56 Days

Author: Santos Maldonado

msters2Between June 2nd and August 15th, 90,329 meals were served to children at 30 locations in 4 counties. Over 1,600 children participated daily, receiving breakfasts, lunches and snacks, during 56 days.

The Summer Program is a freshly prepared food program that helps bridge the nutritional gap during school vacation when children lack access to school cafeterias. Each of those 56 days began at 5 am when a team of contracted kitchen workers and drivers started prepping and loading lunches and snacks into vans that would embark on routes extending into the early afternoon.

Approximately 50 tons of food, valued at $180,000 was used to prepare the meals. That’s 1,750 pounds per day! Read More …