482,000 Meals Raised on Giving Tuesday Thanks to You

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – or Giving Tuesday –  was a very special day for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and our neighbors in need. In just one day, $120,500 was raised to ensure that more families in our community will not have to worry about where their next meal will come from this holiday season!

WESH Channel 2 hosted SHFBCF in their studio for an all-day telethon and lent their anchors’ voices to help spread the word about the need in our community. We cannot thank WESH enough for graciously inviting us in for the day, and for always being a community partner that goes above and beyond in every endeavor to support SHFBCF. We appreciate you, WESH 2!

We also had some very special guests join us throughout the telethon, and would love to thank them for sharing their involvement with the food bank, and letting our community know why they think others should get involved, too! In case you missed it:

  • Tammi Madison, Director of St. Cloud Community Pantry, shared her story as a past food recipient through SHFB’s network of partner agencies. Tammi made a promise that if she was able to get through that tough time in her life, she would dedicate the rest of her life to paying it forward and giving back. She has definitely stuck to her word! Starting as a volunteer at the St. Cloud Community Pantry, Tammi is now the Director and dedicates her time to ensure that no one in her community has to worry about being food insecure. Please find Tammi’s full story here.

  • Joining us for a Facebook live segment was the Tasty Trio! Made up of Jill Ramsier of Quantum Leap, Tonda Corrente of La Femme du Fromage, and Lisa Wilk, representing Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park, the Tasty Trio led us through the perfect holiday pairing of wine, cheese and chocolate – yum! The trio also shared how they’ve participated in SHFB’s Chef’s Nights as well, supporting SHFB’s Culinary Training Program. Thank you again, ladies!
  • Then, Catering for Good’s award-winning Chef Jill Holland also joined us on Facebook live, speaking about A Spoon Full of Hope, SHFB’s new signature food product line that supports the SHFB Culinary Training Program.  Joining Chef Jill was a graduate of the CTP, Shaneka Jimmerson, who very bravely shared her success story after making it through the program. You can find Shaneka’s full story here, or watch her tell it below. Thank you both for joining us!

  • There are lots of moving parts at SHFB, and to enlighten viewers on our Grocery Alliance program and everything involved with that endeavor was Samantha Greenberg, Grocery Alliance Program Manager of SHFBCF. Gail Kroeplin of Lucky’s Market joined in to explain how grocery stores select the product they’d like to donate to SHFB, and why they find it so important to help out. Dan Grieb, Board Member at One Heart for Women and Children also joined in to help viewers understand the importance of SHFB’s relationships with retailers, and how important these relationships are in order to supply our feeding partner’s recipients in our community with healthy, nutritious food. Thank you, Sam, Gail and Dan for letting us have an inside look at these types of partnerships! Watch their full story below.

  • SHFBCF has a Kids’ Pack program that was started as a solution for students in our community that were coming into school sick and unable to learn on Monday because they had not eaten since their school lunch the previous Friday. These food packs contain a variety of kid-friendly food items that are sent home on Friday afternoons to needy students. Amy Jedrzejak, Program and Parent Engagement Coordinator at Ivey Lane Elementary joined us on FB live to share stories of her students that receive these kids’ packs and how important these packs are to her school. Thank you again for being such an incredible advocate for these students, Amy, and for sharing your passion for the cause!

  • Informing viewers on SHFB’s advocacy efforts and getting involved was Kelly Quintero, Director of Advocacy at SHFBCF, and Scott Randolph, Orange County Tax Collector. Thank you to both of you for sharing the importance of advocacy, and why it’s so important to get our elected officials and leaders involved in this fight to end hunger in our community!

  • We also had some incredible guests that helped take calls and filled the phone bank as well! Special thanks to Ricky Ly of Tasty Chomps, Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel, Bo Outlaw of the Orlando Magic, Kendra Lott of Edible Orlando, and Tiffany Moore Russel of Orange County Clerk of Courts for lending your time and encouraging people in our community to call in and make a difference. We couldn’t have done this without you.

Of course, the 482,000 meals raised on Giving Tuesday couldn’t have happened without the incredible generosity of our community! Larry Mullinax of Mullinax Ford New Smyrna Beach provided a $25,000 match that was a huge part of the success of Giving Tuesday. A very special thank you to you, Larry! You alone provided 100,000 meals for our community!!

Thank YOU to every single person that donated online, through the WESH 2 mobile app, or called in to talk to our phone bankers to help our neighbors in need. We are grateful for every single one of you.

If you missed out on the fun of Giving Tuesday, do not fear! We’ll be out in the community every day this week as part of WESH Channel 2’s Share Your Christmas. You can find more information at www.wesh.com/syc.

Thank you again for creating Happy Holidays for even more of our neighbors in need in our community!

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