After serving the community for nearly thirty years, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has taken a historic step toward the future of hunger relief. On May 30, more than 250 community leaders, business leaders, elected officials, and local nonprofits gathered to help the Food Bank break ground on a long-planned, much-anticipated new distribution facility.
The new headquarters will greatly increase the organization’s ability to provide more food for people in need across the region. Located at the corner of Old Winter Garden Road and Mercy Drive in Orlando, the new 100,000 square-foot facility will be named for the law firm run by John and Ultima Morgan. The Morgans have contributed $2 million of the $15 million total cost of the Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Hunger Relief Center at Second Harvest Food Bank. They were joined by other supporters from Walt Disney World, Darden Restaurants, Dr. Phillips Charities, Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, and many others.
Over its years of service, Second Harvest Food Bank has never distributed fewer pounds of food for the community than it did the year before … a remarkable and sustained pattern of growth. In spite of that impact, there remains a large gap between the amount of food our community needs, and the amount available to it. When the Food Bank realized that its current facilities were becoming extremely limiting a few years ago, a decision was made to expand the capacity and infrastructure in order to continue growing into our community’s need. The new facility will solve the most serious capacity challenges, including a tripling of freezer space, quadrupling of cooler space, while adding many additional features that will help feed more people. The new building is designed to allow for much more food to be distributed over time, and is expected to provide more than $1.4 Billion in food value to the community over the next twenty years.
It is only through the generous support of the Central Florida community that such a vital project is possible. The Food Bank seeks additional philanthropic investment at this time to help bring the fundraising campaign to a successful conclusion. Approximately $3 million is still needed in order to ensure that the new facility can be finished on time, and that the organization can remain debt-free going into the future. Significant and meaningful dedication/naming opportunities remain available, and literally anyone can find a way to get involved. Please visit www.showmercynow.org for more information on the Building Solutions to Hunger campaign.
WFTV Channel 9 News: Second Harvest Food Bank breaks ground on new facility
Orlando Sentinel: Second Harvest Food Bank breaks gound on expansion
Walt Disney World News: Big Help for Hunger Relief Gets Underway
Photos from the groundbreaking:
Greg Higgerson, CFRE