Archive for the 'Feed The Need Winter Park' Category

November 6, 2015

Why I Choose to Support Feed the Need

Author: Guest Blogger

Thomas HopeNothing else really matters–nothing is really possible–when you are hungry. The numbers regarding those dealing with hunger in Central Florida—including children— are heartbreaking and should inspire all of us to act, to refuse to accept this as inevitable. So I give to Feed the Need.

I give because I want to live in a community with healthy children and families. I give because I want to live in the type of community that takes care of those most in need. I give, quite frankly, because it’s the right thing to do, and I know Second Harvest Food Bank is going to be the best steward of my gift. I give because I know Feed the Need is making a difference.

The funny thing is, I thought I was doing this for other people, but I’ve discovered through giving that the person who gets the greatest unexpected reward from Feed the Need…is me!

Tom Hope, ’09 MBA
University of Central Florida
Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives


November 5, 2015

Local Nursery Provides Hope to Working Poor Families

Author: Jen Landress

Winter Park Day NurseryFor us at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida hunger isn’t about the numbers or even the food; it’s about the individual people struggling with hunger right here in our backyard. It’s about their stories and the people who step up and become a symbol of hope. Feed the Need Winter Park is that symbol of hope in our community.

As you consider becoming involved with this campaign I’d love to share with you an example of one of Second Harvest Food Bank’s feeding partners that is located right in Winter Park. Winter Park Day Nursery has been a staple in the community for the past 75 years. It provides a high quality of early childhood education to children ages 2-5 years old. The school serves 70 children at capacity and has such a wonderful reputation that the waiting list usually has a 6 month waiting period.

One of the special things about this school is their commitment to better the lives of not only their children but the entire families that are part of the school. About 75% of their families live at the poverty level. These families are considering the “working poor” with many of the parents working two jobs or attending school but still struggling to meet their family’s basic needs. Read More …

November 3, 2015

Feed the Need Kicks Off

Author: Maureen Mikel

Feed the Need 2015 Kick OffThe heat was on at the 2015 Feed the Need Kick-Off as representatives from the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Winter Park Fire Department, and Rollins College duked it out in a fierce can-stacking competition to see who could build the highest tower of cans – each representing the amount of food and funds raised for our neighbors in need during Winter Park’s Feed the Need Campaign.

Winter Park’s Feed the Need Campaign has raised over $100,000 each year since it’s start in 2013, and the Winter Park Community believes they can surpass that goal once again during the 2015 campaign. In addition to the exciting can-stacking competition, the community of Winter Park gathered at Winter Park City Hall Monday morning, November 2nd, 2015 for the official kick-off and to hear why exactly Winter Park chooses Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as their beneficiary for the Feed the Need campaign. Read More …

December 9, 2014

Winter Park is Feeding the Need

Author: Sasha Hausman

Founding Community ChampionsWinter Park understands the true meaning of community. Feed the Need 2014 took place throughout the month of November. The City of Winter Park, Chamber of Commerce members, Rollins College, local businesses, and generous individuals all donated money to support Second Harvest Food Bank. We are happy and proud that they not only met, but exceeded their initial goal of $50,000. Winter Park’s Feed the Need 2013 raised $92,418.56! In food bank math, that equals $831,767 worth in food value! This is absolutely incredible. Read More …

December 12, 2013

Feed the Need raises over $96,000 for our neighbors in need

Author: Sasha Hausman

Feed the Need Winter Park Check PresentationOn behalf of all our neighbors in need, we are so grateful to everyone who participated in Winter Park’s Feed the Need Campaign. We watched this event grow from a food drive at Rollins College to a huge, community-wide fundraising effort and we are so proud of everyone involved.

Last week we were finally able to reveal how much the campaign raised. Community leaders, business owners, and Winter Park residents met at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce to celebrate a successful campaign…and boy, did they have a lot to celebrate. Not only did they meet their goal of $50,000 but they almost doubled it by raising $96,261.81 to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

In food bank math, that donation will allow us to provide $866,359.26 in food value to our Central Florida community. How incredible is that?

We cannot say thank you enough to all of the committee members, sponsors, community champions, and supporters who made this campaign a true success: Read More …

November 20, 2013

Help Winter Park Feed the Need!

Author: Sasha Hausman

Winter Park Feed the Need Kick-Off group shotWinter Park’s Feed the Need campaign is getting ready to wrap up this week and they are SO close to meeting their goal of $50,000! Feed the Need is the first ever community wide virtual food drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission of providing food for those who are struggling in our community. Read about the history of Feed the Need here:

The most incredible part about this campaign all comes down to one word: community. The city, chamber, university, schools, small businesses, large businesses, and individuals are all backing this cause. On the steps of Winter Park’s City Hall at the campaign kickoff, Winter Park’s Mayor Bradley stated “Winter Park works best when it works together”. We cannot agree more! Over $48,000 has been raised in only 19 days. Please consider donating to Feed the Need to help them reach their goal by Friday, November 22. Read More …