AARP Day of Service at Second Harvest Food Bank

Let’s hear it for AARP! This year, they have made a major commitment to hunger among older Americans. Our CEO, Dave Krepcho, wrote about it in his “Hunger and the Daytona 500?” blog post in February.

Well this year, AARP designated Friday, September 9 as it’s Day of Service where the main focus was also hunger. On this day staff and volunteers nationwide went out to serve in their local communities.

How is this related to Second Harvest? Well, on Friday, September 9 we had 60 Winter Park AARP volunteers at our sorting facility putting together senior packs. Basically, they took over the food bank on that day and put together 5,452 senior food packs. Pretty amazing, right?

None of this would be possible without funding from the Winter Park Health Foundation. Second Harvest has been talking to the foundation about the different ways they could get involved with us. They instantly thought of seniors and that is where the AARP tie in came into the project.

Senior Food Packs
Each pack weights slightly more than 10 pounds and was developed by our nutrition manager, Maria Ali, with input from our senior feeding partners. The packs contain 10 components and include foods from every food group. We took senior needs into account and provided foods that were simple to cook and versatile.

The distribution sites and recipients of the food packs will be in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville.

This is unlike any food distribution that Second Harvest has done in the past. The packs will be distributed through a number of unconventional methods: 

– through fire stations and EMT’s
– through Walgreen’s pharmacists
– through neighborhood and community centers
– through faith communities
– to homebound seniors known to food delivery programs, (specifically Food Angels)
– to Plymouth and Calvary Towers senior residences.  
  
Did you know that of the 51 million Americans who are food insecure, nearly six million are over the age of 60?
Thanks to the manpower of the AARP volunteers and the funding from Winter Park Health Foundation, we are going to be able to reach and feed more seniors in need this year.   

Photos from the day:

Maria Diestro
Online Services and Communications Manager

 

Author: Maria Shanley

Senior Digital Marketing Manager Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

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