Archive for the 'Guest Blogger' Category

March 25, 2016

Savor the Flavor of Your Beverage Without Added Sugar

Author: Guest Blogger

Healthy beveragesThe beverages you choose play a bigger impact on your health than you may think. Consuming large amounts of sugary beverages may increase your chances of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Sugary beverages contain added sugar. Added sugars are considered “empty calories” because they have no nutritional value, yet they provide calories.

The American Heart Association recommends women limit their consumption of added sugars to less than 6 teaspoons a day. For men, they recommend limiting consumption of added sugar to less than 9 teaspoons a day. Added sugar consumption for children should be limited to no more than 4 teaspoons a day. Keep in mind that one teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar.

To put things in perspective, let’s take a look at how much sugar is in popular beverages.

  • Soda (20 fl.oz.) – 65 grams of sugar or 16 teaspoons of sugar
  • Sports Drink(24 fl.oz.) – 42 grams of sugar or 11 teaspoons of sugar
  • 100% Orange Juice (15 fl.oz.) – 45 grams of sugar or 11 teaspoons of sugar
  • 100% Apple Juice (15 fl.oz.) – 49 grams of sugar or 12 teaspoons of sugar

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March 23, 2016

Do You Have Sole?

Author: Guest Blogger

Wine Women & Shoes Sole Man TJHi there! I’m TJ and this year…

I’m a Soul man! Da-na, da-na, da-na, da-na…

Well, we’re spelling things a little different this year. It’s Soooole Man, baby! What’s the difference? I’m glad you asked! This year, Wine Women & Shoes (WW&S) Orlando has decided to take a turn from Shoe Guys and has turned us into Sole Men. The metamorphosis is complete and we’re very excited to be showing off all that we can do. Look out for Sole Men throughout the event. We’ll be there to cater to all the attendees from passing out wine glasses, pouring wine, serving the VIP tables, (maybe making an appearance on stage), and handing out some very special WW&S CORKS to the wearers of our favorite shoes. Before we get to the April, though, you’ve got a chance to meet this year’s Sole Men!

Visit our pages here to see all the gentlemen that you’ll get to meet, as well as help us crown this year’s KING OF SOLE by donating to their page. Remember 100% of the proceeds from the King of Sole competition go DIRECTLY to Second Harvest Food Bank. Make sure to share their pages and tell your friends, especially if you see a familiar face or two! Read More …

March 22, 2016

A Message from our Wine Women & Shoes Chairs

Author: Guest Blogger

Amy Pennock & Jennifer SmallTo our wonderful community of Ladies, we invite you to attend our 6th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes event benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank.  Shopping, wine, fashion and a few good Sole Men will make your day at this must attend event.

Don your fabulous shoes for a chance to win best in shoe, visit the jewelry vault to find your next must have piece of bling, and enjoy the reveal of Diana Simaan’s spring fashion line. Our Key to the Closet raffle is never a disappointment  ̶  one winner takes home a closet full of must-haves.

One in six people in Central Florida struggle to have enough to eat. Many of them working-poor, and not able to make enough to support themselves and their families. No one should ever have to choose between necessities such as paying rent and utilities or having food in their fridge.  When you attend this event, you are giving your neighbors the much needed support to make certain fewer children are going to bed hungry.   Read More …

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


June 12, 2014

Culinary Arts Program at Evans High School

Author: Guest Blogger

By Guest Blogger Ann Schmidt of Evans Community High School

Evans Culinary Training Program at Second Harvest pilot program100 Women Strong and Second Harvest Food Bank partnered with Evans High School to provide 13 students with nine-weeks of culinary arts training. These students were chosen based on an essay in their application and overall desire to pursue culinary arts as a career. The students were ecstatic to hear that they were recommended to apply for the program and to hear that they were accepted. We were very fortunate that we could give thirteen of our most deserving students an opportunity to learn from the best.

Students were bused from Evans to Second Harvest once per week for this two-hour program. While they were at Second Harvest, they were able to learn skills in food preparation, food storage, baking, and cooking in a state of the art kitchen. Students were then able to take the food that they made in class home to their families. Several students at Evans deal with food insecurity and were so happy that they could contribute to their family while doing something they love. This opportunity would have otherwise only been a dream for our students. Read More …

May 21, 2014

Guest Blogger: Dining in the Dark

Author: Guest Blogger

Guest Post by Kelly Green, aka SeaWorld Mommy

Kelly Green SeaWorldMommy & Emily Ellyn Dining in the Dark Orlando

I’m not going to lie. It was a strange sensation, to say the least. “Dining in the Dark,” while sounding mysterious and exciting from a culinary point of view, sounded intimidating and, OK I’ll say it, scary from an emotional standpoint. Second Harvest invited the community to join them May 8, 2014 for a unique evening of fine dining to support not only their efforts feeding the hungry in Central Florida, but Lighthouse, an organization that assists the blind and visually impaired in our area.

The event began with a cocktail reception in the Second Harvest warehouse. In the middle of racks piled sky-high and refrigeration cases bloated with healthy goodness to be shared, we were serenaded by Asli Goncer, a local performer, while we enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres. During this time we got a chance to meet our servers, the Orlando Police Department SWAT Team who let the “civilians” check out their night vision headsets. Some of us tried on the apparatus, while others just checked it out from afar. As the meet and greet hour grew to a close, so too grew my apprehension. Read More …