August 31, 2015

September is Hunger Action Month!

Author: Maureen Mikel

spoon selfieEvery September, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Food Banks across the nation participate in Hunger Action Month. During this time we ask our communities to lend their voice and spread the word about hunger.

Will you lend us your voice this September for Hunger Action Month?

30 Ways in 30 Days
Use our online “30 Ways in 30 Days”   calendar to find activities that can be done each day in September to help fight hunger here in Central Florida. Some actions are small like sharing a statistic about hunger in Central Florida via Facebook while some are larger like attending one of the special events that month.

Spoontember

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and food banks across the country in the Feeding America Network are using spoons to spread awareness of the 1 in 6 Americans who struggle with hunger. We challenge you all to spread awareness by taking an orange spoon selfie!

It’s easy to share a ‘spoon selfie’ and support Hunger Action Month. Here are a few ways: Read More …



August 28, 2015

Here is your chance to win a 2016 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide®!!

Author: Sasha Hausman

Hogtoberfest Raffle

What is Hogtoberfest?Orlando Harley-Davidson is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to raffle a beautiful 2016 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide®. The tickets are only $10 and only 5,000 will be sold. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Hogtoberfest. You do not have to be present to win but we hope you will still join us for the fun.

Where is this money going?
Second Harvest Food Bank’s Childhood Hunger Programs. These programs ensure that children in our community have access to a wholesome meal at all times. 1 in 4 children in the Central Florida community might not know where their next meal is coming from.

What are my chances?

Only 5,000 tickets will be printed and only 50 days to enter!  The time to get your tickets is NOW.  Ticket sales begin August 29th, 2015 at Orlando Harley-Davidson’s Sweet Sixteen Chrome Coming Event and the last day to buy tickets is October 17th, 2015. Read More …



August 25, 2015

The Central Florida Community Comes Together to Fight Childhood Hunger

Author: Maureen Mikel

Thank You for your support at this year's Orlando TasteOn August 8th, 2015, as the 26th anniversary of Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry was celebrated, chefs from all over Central Florida gathered together to showcase their talents and to treat the palates of over 2,000 guests that joined them at the Orlando World Center Marriott. The best part of the event – which featured music from DJ Jeff Townsend, craft beers and cocktails, delicious food from some of Central Florida’s best chefs, and an exciting silent auction – was the fact that an outstanding $277,160 was raised!

These funds support the childhood hunger programs of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, statewide organization Florida Impact and national beneficiary Share our Strength.

Committee group shout Orlando's Taste of the Nation chair members

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August 14, 2015

World Food Championship Partners with Second Harvest to Fight Hunger

Author: Guest Blogger

World Food Championship competitionWorld Food Championships and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida linked aprons today in an innovative partnership to bring together culinary food athletes and an organization that supports people living without food security.

“One in six people in America will struggle with hunger at some point during the year,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “The success of our mission depends entirely on partners like the World Food Championships that help us to close the hunger gap in Central Florida.”

Statistics on hunger in the Central Florida area mirror the national ones with residents turning to charitable feeding programs for help with food 3,731,700 times last year, averaging 71,600 times in a typical week.

Mike McCloud, CEO of World Food Championships, said that food athletes have always understood hunger. That’s why World Food Championships have chosen to donate all leftover pantry food products from each day of the Nov. 3-10 World Food Championships competitions to Second Harvest. Read More …



August 3, 2015

Top 10 Ways to Experience Orlando’s Taste of the Nation

Author: Guest Blogger

Top 10 Ways to Experience Orlando's Taste of the NationOrlando’s Taste of the Nation is back again this year on August 8, 2015 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. To prepare for this amazing evening of signature dishes from Central Florida’s best chefs, and fine wines, craft beers, and specialty cocktails, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 ways to experience this year’s Taste event.

1.  Whet your taste buds: Prep your tummy for feasting with a light lunch beforehand.

2.  Consume more by wearing comfy shoes: With 43 restaurants and two dozen wine and spirit stations spanning a room larger than two football fields, this event is a test of decadent endurance.

3.  The key is wine: Don’t miss your shot at winning an instant wine cellar of 150 bottles of wine. If your key opens the wine door, you’re the winner! Read More …



July 29, 2015

Partner Spotlight: Eau Gallie First Baptist Church Food Pantry

Author: Valerie Carl

Agency Spotlight: Eau-Gallie-FBCEau Gallie First Baptist Church Food Pantry has been serving the residents of Melbourne for more than a decade.

Their mission, “To share the love of Jesus by providing food to those less fortunate in our community,” is carried out through the pantry’s twice weekly client distributions. For the past year, Second Harvest Food Bank has provided food for the approximately 75 food bags, filled with nonperishable staples like canned meats and mac n cheese, that are distributed each week.

The team at Eau Gallie Food Pantry shared that, “If Second Harvest was not here to help us, our food budget would not stretch as far…meaning we could not serve as many families.  It’s an honor to be able to serve.”

Thank you, Eau Gallie FBC, for your help in the fight against hunger in Brevard County! Read More …