October 13, 2016

The Matthew Relief Efforts Continue

Author: Dave Krepcho

dsc_1011We started sending products to areas on the coast prior to the storm, but our work continues. To date we have provided over 40 tons of bottled water and another 80 tons of food. In other words, over 100,000 meals.

This has been a very effective and coordinated relief effort done in collaboration with the State Emergency Operations Center, Feeding Florida, Feeding America, Partner Agencies, Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

We appreciate the community’s support throughout the year, especially at times like this! Read More …

October 13, 2016

Provision Pack Program Providing Much Needed Help for Low Income Families

Author: Guest Blogger

provision-packsThe Provision Pack Program was founded to provide nutritional assistance to low income families in the Ormond Beach area. The families in our program are living in poverty, and in some cases homeless situations. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2015, approximately 100,000 people (17.7%) of Volusia County lives in poverty.

These families are faced with the unfortunate decisions of having to choose between paying rent, a utility bill, and putting food on their table. No one should be faced with such difficult decisions.

This program started a couple of years ago when founder, Carrie Torres discovered the need for food for families in her children’s school in Ormond Beach. The teachers at the school told her about 12 families from the school who were homeless living in cars, campgrounds, hotels or on the floors of other families. These families depended on their children’s school to provide them 2 meals a day because they were without food and money for food. The program started by helping these 12 families with meals on the weekends and over summer vacation.

Because of their partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, Perines Local Produce, Oasis Church and Publix Super Markets, the Provision Pack Program were able to reduce the cost of the provision packs that they provide from $25- $30 to only $5 a bag. They are now not only able to provide nutritious food for families, they can also help the financial and emotional stress on the family who is not able to feed their children. Most importantly, these packs provide the blessing of nutrition, and bring comfort to the children of Ormond Beach so that the youth can focus on their academics and become healthy, successful young adults. Read More …

October 12, 2016

It’s going to be IncrEDIBLE at Canstruction this year!

Author: Maria Diestro

Canstruction Orlando 2016On October 23rd, 2016, local architects, engineers, and organizations will team up together to build magnificent structuresall out of canned and nonperishable goods! This year’s theme is IncrEDIBLE: If you can eat it. You can build it. Build Day is Sunday, October 23rd, but the exhibits will be up for 2 weeks this year at the Fashion Square Mall!

What is Canstruction Orlando?

Part team building exercise, part food drive, and part creative design outlet, Canstruction® takes an ordinary food drive and puts it on steroids! It is a design/build competition using canned and packaged foods as the building materials to create designs that showcase the ingenuity of the participants. Read More …

October 3, 2016

Thank You For Taking Hunger Action this September!

Author: Maureen Mikel

thank-you-samThis September during Hunger Action Month we asked for help from our community and did you all ever pull through!

We want to start off by saying THANK YOU to every single person that took part in our Skip a Meal Challenge. You skipped meals, donated your lunch money and provided 23,612 meals to our neighbors in need! That is no small feat.

A very special thank you to our donor who generously matched every donation dollar for dollar during the Skip a Meal Challenge, and the City of Winter Park and the City of Orlando and anyone else who helped spread the word about the Challenge. Because of all of you, so many children, families, and seniors in our Central Florida community do not have to worry about where there next meal will come from. Way to go Skip a Meal Challengers! Read More …

September 22, 2016

Second Harvest’s Partner Agency Council

Author: Erin Gray

agency-council-conference-erinA little over 3 years ago, Second Harvest Food Bank created a Partner Agency Council.

The purpose of the Council was to have a key group of partner agencies meet monthly, and be able to think strategically about things happening in the food bank and related to the other partner agencies.

Early on, we consulted our partner agencies for advice on the design of our new facility and got such good ideas that we wanted to expand it to all aspects of our operations!

We started with a group of 12 agencies that represented all 6 counties that we serve, and currently have over 20 partner agencies from all 6 counties. Our agency members vary considerably – they are large and small, paid staff and volunteers. They include food pantries, soup kitchens, residential programs, and school pantries. We seek a variety of agencies so that they can represent the network as a whole. Read More …

September 22, 2016

Partner Spotlight: Christian Care Benevolence Center

Author: Lauren Moskowitz

christian-care-benevolence-centerThe Christian Care Center’s Benevolence Centeris the largest food pantry in Lake County serving an average of over 2150 individuals each month, giving over 22,000 pounds of food each week to those in need in Lake County. This program is designed to supply families with five days’ worth of food and eight articles of clothing per family member each month along with other household items free of charge.

The Benevolence Ministry began as a clothes closet at First Baptist Church of Leesburg in the early 1980’s. People would donate clothes to the less fortunate and others would volunteer to pass them out. When the old Rescue Mission started receiving food donations, they moved the clothes closet to the Rescue Mission and began providing food aid along with clothing.  In 1991, the ministry moved to its present location on 13th street which once was a historic train depot.

In 2003 the Center entered into an alliance with Second Harvest Food Bank as a partner agency allowing for substantial growth in the number of families and people served. Besides the individuals served each month, the Benevolence Center serves the Christian Care Center’s residential facilities with over 90,000 meals each year as well as Lake County residents in need, and supports community partners who serve veterans, the elderly, children and at-risk individuals. Read More …