Archive for the 'Hunger Action Month' Category

October 5, 2017

Health & Hunger in Central Florida: A Call to Action

Author: Kelly Quintero

On September 22nd, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida presented the Community Health Needs Assessment in partnership with Florida Hospital and Orlando Health. With more than 100 attendees that included community leaders, executives and elected officials, the report revealed that food insecurity, along with access to care, is key to improving a person’s health and well-being.

Hunger is now seen as a health issue, and food is the best medicine. As such, access to adequate nutrition is now a top priority for the major health systems in Central Florida. This new focus will have a profound impact on our community. Read More …

September 29, 2017

Thank You for Being A Hunger Hero!

Author: Brie Rios

All September long, we have asked our community to partner with us to help spread the word about Hunger Action Month. A huge thank you to everyone who’s shared a meal, volunteered their time, made a financial contribution or accepted our Go Orange and SNAP challenges! We were blown away by the response and dedication of local businesses and individuals who helped us advocate all month long.

We also want to thank our generous donor, who matched all donations up to $5,000 and the City of Orlando for proclaiming Hunger Action Month to the whole city! Even amidst one of the largest hurricanes in Florida to-date, I am pleased to say that all of our efforts have produced 27,704 meals that will go directly into feeding our own community right here in Central Florida! Amazing work, hunger heroes! Read More …

September 26, 2017

I Love a Good Challenge

Author: Erika Spence

I love a good challenge. As the new Mission Storyteller for Second Harvest Food Bank my role is to capture the work that is being done to end hunger in Central Florida and share those stories with you. That may sound simple enough, but there are so many moving parts to the food bank that it is a big job. Photos. Videos. Interviews. Blog entries. Facebook Live. Oh, and distilling reports down to just 140 characters… at least photos don’t count against me anymore – thanks, Twitter! Let’s just say I’m up to the task.

I decided one of the best ways to learn about all the facets of the food bank was to take on as many of the Hunger Action Month activities as possible. I attended a Food for Thought Tour, dined out for Taqueria Tuesday and liked, followed and tweeted about hunger. Then, I decided to take the SNAP Challenge. This decision required a little more effort. Since no man is an island, I had to convince my family to come along on this one. Read More …

October 3, 2016

Thank You For Taking Hunger Action this September!

Author: Maureen Mikel

thank-you-samThis September during Hunger Action Month we asked for help from our community and did you all ever pull through!

We want to start off by saying THANK YOU to every single person that took part in our Skip a Meal Challenge. You skipped meals, donated your lunch money and provided 23,612 meals to our neighbors in need! That is no small feat.

A very special thank you to our donor who generously matched every donation dollar for dollar during the Skip a Meal Challenge, and the City of Winter Park and the City of Orlando and anyone else who helped spread the word about the Challenge. Because of all of you, so many children, families, and seniors in our Central Florida community do not have to worry about where there next meal will come from. Way to go Skip a Meal Challengers! Read More …

September 8, 2016

Sunday Funday Brunch!

Author: Guest Blogger

brunchweb2016aSecond Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will be hosting a “Sunday Funday” Brunch featuring live entertainment by the Orlando Gay Chorus. Guests will enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch complete with mimosas, and an optional Bloody Mary bar on Sunday September 25, 2016 with reservations beginning at 10:00 AM.  The brunch will be held at Second Harvest Food Bank, 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando, FL 32805.

Darden who is a wonderful community partner will lend us the expertise of Executive Chef Jim Nuetzi and his team from Olive Garden Italian Restaurants. They will be preparing an array of delicious pastas, salads, and will feature an Italian carving station with turkey and roast beef.

Chef Jill Holland of Second Harvest’s Catering for Good and her team will prepare and serve traditional brunch selections as well as a Gourmet Grilled Cheese Station.  Some of our past graduates of Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program will join in on the fun by creating delicious offerings to show off their success in the culinary industry in Central Florida. Read More …

September 7, 2016

Skip a Meal Challenge

Author: Maureen Mikel

Final Logo with SHFBIf we told you that a simple challenge could make a difference to help thousands of Central Floridians who struggle with hunger every single day, would you accept it?

During the month of September, which is Hunger Action Month, help us provide an additional 20,000 meals by accepting the Second Harvest Skip a Meal Challenge. Your $10 donation can provide up to 40 meals for our neighbors in need!

The best part? A generous donor has stepped up and offered to match any challenge donation. Your gift will count twice a much! Your $10 gift will become $20 or your $50 turns into $100.


There are 3 easy steps to taking the Second Harvest Skip a Meal Challenge: Read More …