January 26, 2015

Visitors from Afar

Author: Dave Krepcho

Romanian delegates visitLast week, a Romanian delegation of fourteen government officials toured the food bank as part of an international initiative with the UCF School of Public Administration. Dr. Tom Bryer of UCF brought the group from Bucharest and counties throughout Romania because they are interested in establishing the first-ever food bank organization in their country. They had many questions about structure, governance, financing, volunteers, and anything else you could think of to know about starting a food bank. They came to the right place! Read More …



January 21, 2015

A Date Night that Nurtures Community

Author: Maria Diestro

Date Night with the ChefSecond Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida helps feed people in six counties. For us, food is a powerful connection point. It’s a central fact of life. It can be a celebration – but for too many, getting enough to eat can be a struggle.

We are launching Date Night with the Chef to continue to nurture our relationship with the community. It is part of our Catering for Good program, which welcomes the public into our kitchen and event spaces for meetings and celebrations. They discover firsthand our passion for providing fresh food and quality ingredients, and our commitment to quality.

Date Night with the Chef is a cooking class/communal meal that offers a change-of-pace evening out that is as entertaining as it is educational. People have the chance to come together to prepare a four-course menu under the watchful eye of our award-winning chef and instructor, Jill Holland.

Chef Jill will show guests how to master a caper remoulade, create the perfect rollatini, and whip up a chocolate espresso mousse shooter. They will go home with recipes and a little more confidence in the kitchen. Read More …



January 21, 2015

Walmart Sparks Change at 4 Kids Cafes

Author: Santos Maldonado

Local Kids Cafes receive new equipment from recent Walmart grantThanks to your Facebook “likes”, Second Harvest Food Bank was among the winners of the Walmart Sparks Change grant. This grant helps food banks secure the food, equipment, and support needed to serve the 49 million Americans that according to the USDA, may not know where their next meal will come from at some point this year.

Your daily votes helped us win $60,000, the equivalent of 315,000 additional meals that will find their way into our community.

As part of our focus on, and commitment to childhood hunger, a significant part of the dollars were used to purchase new equipment for 4 of our 13 Kids Cafes. Read More …



January 7, 2015

Defeat Hunger Bowl

Author: Maureen Mikel

Walmart Defeat Hunger BowlAs the 2014-2015 football season is cooling down, things are just heating up for a new bowl game, and it’s the first of it’s kind for Central Florida! Although this is the first year Central Florida has been graced with the Defeat Hunger Bowl, it’s actually the third year for this successful national food and funds drive. Defeat Hunger Bowl looks to “defeat hunger” by teaming up with football stars for a month-long food drive at local Walmart stores. Central Floridians are encouraged to visit their local Walmart store during the month of January and “play” in the bowl game by donating non-perishable food items in the Defeat Hunger donation bins.

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Glennon will lead the Defeat Hunger Bowl Kick-Off on Thursday, January 8th with an appearance and autograph signing at the Walmart at 3101 W. Princeton St. at 2:00 PM! The event is completely free, although bringing a non-perishable food item is encouraged. Come out and help us defeat hunger, all while meeting a sports star! Read More …



December 22, 2014

Celebrating a Special Life

Author: Dave Krepcho

In Memory of Robert Lawrence

Robert (Bob) Lawrence passed away at the age of 86 on December 12 after living a full and happy life.    As a representative of the Community of Christ Church that was home to the original founders of Second Harvest Food Bank, Bob was a passionate advocate for people living in poverty.

 

Bob brought his passion and concern for the less fortunate to the table. No doubt that the food bank’s foundation is solid when you consider he brought the type of character required to serve in the U.S. Army for 22 years.  He flew fixed wing aircraft and helicopters and was the recipient of a Bronze Star.

 

Bob knew the food bank was the right thing to do.  He was a visionary in many ways, and always looked toward growing the mission of the Food Bank. Bob’s legacy lives on in Second Harvest’s impact. Bob, thank you for your inspiration to enable us to provide 53 million meals last year. Thank you for providing hope that lives on today.

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December 17, 2014

SNAP brings HOPE to Henry

Author: Greg Higgerson

SNAP brings HOPE to HenryLast week one of our outreach staff at Second Harvest Food Bank met Henry at the public library. Henry is a 55-year old man who was living a typical family life until 2011, when he lost his job at the Kennedy Space Center. In that moment, his secure life tumbled away from him. Unable to find work at the level he needed to maintain financial commitments, Henry burned through the savings, lost his car, and ultimately his house to foreclosure. The most devastating blow came when his wife of many years announced she was leaving him.

For a while, Henry was able to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food stamp assistance by using a friend’s home address, but after the death of his caring friend, Henry lost that vital mailing address. Finally, he met another kind soul who agreed to allow him to use her address, and Henry set off to the library to seek help in re-applying for SNAP benefits.. Read More …