Archive for the 'Events' Category

November 13, 2015

Scouting for Food 2015: Food Pick-up

Author: Melissa Kear

Scouting for Food donationDid you receive a Scouting for Food bag last week? Now is the time to have it filled and sat out for pick up by local Boy Scout troops!

Last year, some 96,000 lbs of food were collected and boxed, then delivered to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Help provide more meals to struggling families this holiday season.

Forget to set your bag out or were not in an area that received bags? You can still help! Simply bring your nonperishable donations to one of any of the locations below: 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 8, 2015

Orlando SWAT talks Dining in the Dark

Author: Melissa Kear

2014 Dining in the Dark OrlandoJuly 16, 2015, members of the Orlando SWAT team will be joining Second Harvest Food Bank and Lighthouse Central Florida for a second year of Dining in the Dark Orlando. A team of SWAT members will play the role of servers, as they use their night vision goggles to direct guests into a pitch black dining room, and serve them their meals throughout the evening.

A couple SWAT team members who joined us last year are back, and sat down to explain why they participate in Dining in the Dark and some of their favorite moments about the event.

Find out more information about this unique dining experience and how it sheds some light on hunger and vision loss in Central Florida at, and don’t worry – if you accidently spill wine on your blouse, or nearly trip over a chair, your neighbor won’t ever know it happened, and these guys won’t tell! Read More …

June 3, 2015

Help Fill the Need – June 1-30

Author: Maria Shanley

Help Fill the NeedWhen school lets out for summer, children who depend on free or reduced meals often go hungry, and the need for food donations increases. But you can help Second Harvest Food Bank and Goodwill “Fill the Need.”

In June, when you donate gently used clothing and household items at Goodwill, you can also donate non-perishable food for Second Harvest.

By filling the bin, you fill the need for our community. Help ensure that no child goes hungry. View story on Read More …

June 3, 2015

Panda Express Family Day – June 8, 2015

Author: Maureen Mikel

Craving your favorite Chinese dish?

You should know, for every plate purchased at any Panda Express on June 8, $1.20 will be donated to Feeding America and the Feeding America member food bank matched at each store!

In addition to that, all proceeds from the plate purchase will be matched dollar for dollar by the founders of Panda Express Restaurant Group – up to a total contribution of up to $1 million! Read More …

June 3, 2015

Outnumber Hunger – through January 31, 2016

Author: Maureen Mikel

Outnumber Hunger Since 2011, this campaign has helped Feeding America secure more than 35 million meals for those struggling with hunger – and you can help grow that number!

Next time you purchase a General Mills product and enter the code into, $0.50 will be donated to Feeding America! That alone will help Feeding America provide 5 meals for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Through January 31, 2016, individuals can help secure meals for their local Feeding America food banks for each General Mills product code entered at Together we can Outnumber Hunger!