Second Harvest joins Advocacy Hall of Fame for Second Straight Year

Second Harvest made the cut — again! In 2018, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida advocated against hunger so much that we earned a spot on Feeding America’s Advocacy Hall of Fame.

The Advocacy Hall of Fame is a year-long contest that challenges network members to complete a set of advocacy tasks before the end of the year. There are six categories to qualify for the Hall of Fame that require specific advocacy skills that will ultimately make an impact in our service area and build stronger relationships with our elected officials in Washington, DC.

Challenges

#1: Communicate with your Member of Congress or their staff at least 12 times.

#2: Engage your local media (print, radio, or television) on policy issues at least 7 times.

#3: Ask grassroots supporters (such as advocates, volunteers, agencies, etc) to act on a policy issue at least 7 times.

#4: Ask “grasstops” supporters (community leaders, board members, business owners, corporate partners, state and local elected officials, etc) to act on a policy at least 7 times.

#5: Educate and/or mobilize local partner organizations (such as agriculture, education, health, business, institutions, etc) specifically about policy issues at least 7 times.

#6: Communicate with state or local legislative staff at least 12 times.

Here are a few examples of how we achieved Hall of Fame status:

In 2018, Second Harvest Food Bank connected with Congressional offices in our entire service area about food security, the Farm Bill and invited them to tour our warehouse or a feeding partner in their districts.

L to R: Bob Doktor, St. Rose of Lima Food Pantry; Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez; Kelly Quintero, Dir. of Advocacy & Gov’t. Relations; Congressman Darren Soto.
L to R: Director of Advocacy & Government Relations, Kelly Quintero with Cheryl Moore, Constituent Services for Congressman Bill Posey at a Bithlo Mobile Pantry on Hunger Action Day.

Second Harvest Food Bank advocated to fight hunger with the local media around the Farm Bill and proposed SNAP changes. The effort included outreach to print, radio and television outlets.

State and local officials toured the Morgan & Morgan Hunger Relief Center in Orlando to experience first-hand how Second Harvest isn’t just feeding the most vulnerable in our community but is working to shorten the line of those in need.

Now Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings (center), flanked by Kelly Quintero, Dir. of Advocacy & Gov’t. Relations (right) and Karen Broussard, VP of Agency Relations (left).
L to R: State Rep. Rene Plasencia; Karen Broussard, VP of Agency Relations & Programs; Kelly Quintero, Director of Advocacy & Government Relations; and, Bill Collins, COO.

Lastly, advocates like you helped us fight hunger by participating in the Farm Bill National Call-In Day in September.

But, our advocacy is just beginning! You can help us be better advocates against hunger in our community by pledging to fight hunger with us. Lend your voice to fight hunger for the 1 in 4 kids in Central Florida who are at-risk of going to bed hungry tonight. Sign up at www.feedhopenow.org/pledge to help make the cut for 2019!

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