Archive for the 'Hunger Action Month' Category

September 23, 2014

Foodie Bloggers Come Together to Help Feed Hope with New Cookbook

Author: Melissa Kear

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: healthy slow cooker dinners from our kitchens to yours cookbookWorking with local bloggers is nothing new to us at Second Harvest. We have been lucky enough to have a wonderful relationship with a lot of talented bloggers located right here in Central Florida: to help promote our special events, participate in campaigns, and even volunteer here at the food bank. This year, a group of bloggers, both local and across the country, did something a little extra special for the food bank, they created an entire cookbook around healthy, slow cooker recipes, and dedicated sales back to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

The “Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchen to Yours” cookbook is full of slow cooker dinner recipes from over 30 bloggers in the United States. It includes recipes for delicious meals like Raspberry-Chipotle Chicken Tacos, Thai Coconut Curry Beef and Broccoli, Spiced Lentil Stew, and even a recipe straight out of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Darden Foundation Community Kitchen by our very own Chef Instructor, Jill Holland, for Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork. There is sure to be something great for all your tastes. Read More …

September 17, 2014

Your daily clicks can help us provide 315,000 meals

Author: Dave Krepcho

Walmart-Voting-Flyer2As part of their Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign, Walmart is giving out $3 million to Feeding American Food banks. The top 50 food banks with the most votes, will each get a $60,000 grant!

With this grant, Second Harvest will be able to provide an additional 315,000 meals into our Central Florida community. But we can’t do it without your votes!

Just go to:, type in your zip code and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will come up. You can vote once per day from now until October 5, 2014.

You can help us get more votes by going to our Spark Hunger page. The page has images, posters, suggested posts and more that you can use.

Thank you for your support and please share with everyone you know! Read More …

September 17, 2014

Feeding Hope Happy Hour

Author: Maureen Mikel

Second Harvest's Feeding Hope for Happy Hour 2014We are about half-way through Hunger Action Month, and we are SO impressed with how much help we’ve had from the community to raise awareness of hunger right here in Central Florida! Thank you all so much for participating in Hunger Action Month so far!

We especially wanted to give a shout out to those of you who were able to attend our “Feeding Hope Happy Hour” last Wednesday. This Happy Hour was the first event of its kind, and we were so pleased with the turn out! Read More …

September 8, 2014

HOGTOBERFEST 2014—Get your motor running.

Author: Greg Higgerson

hogtoberfest_03This October, another powerful stroke against hunger in our community will result from an important partnership between Orlando Harley Davidson and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. As the largest Harley Davidson dealership in America, Orlando Harley Davidson takes helping out our less fortunate neighbors very seriously.

Whether you ride a motorcycle or not, please plan to join us at Hogtoberfest 2014 for a great day of food, fun, and music. The festival takes place on Saturday, October 18th between noon and 9 pm at Orlando Harley Davidson in Orlando (next to I-4).

Here’s what you can expect: First, you’ll enjoy live music on the main stage from local classic rock bands, culminating with a free concert at 7 pm by rock legend Eddie Money. While at the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase delectable food and beverage offerings created by none other than the Chefs of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s culinary training program. Every single food or beverage purchase at Hogtoberfest is 100% donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s childhood hunger programs. You can be a part of helping to change a child’s life for the better, simply by showing up and getting something to eat! Read More …

September 4, 2014

Introducing Judie Kellogg, Second Harvest Grocery Alliance Program Manager

Author: Guest Blogger

judykellogIt’s been a Summer of positive changes since stepping into the Grocery Alliance Program Manager roll in May.  I have to tell you the last 3 months have been a wonderful experience in meeting and learning about the many internal and external partners that make our Grocery Alliance retail rescue program among the top 10 in the nation.

My first order of business was to introduce myself to our Grocery Alliance Staff in the Orlando, Volusia and Brevard branches. Meeting each one of our 10 drivers and the warehouse staff has been a great experience in seeing firsthand how they interact with our grocery stores and play a big part in the partnerships we have. My weekly ride-along has been instrumental tool in the learning and being introduced to the process that our over 300 retail donors participate in. Read More …

August 28, 2014

Hunger Action Month is here!

Author: Maureen Mikel

September is Hunger Action MonthIt’s so hard to believe that it’s already September! The good news about flying through time, though, is that we’ve landed right on Hunger Action Month! Hunger Action Month – or HAM – as we like to call it, is a time when we ask the community to lend their voices and spread the word about hunger right here in Central Florida.

Did you know that last year Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida distributed nearly 64 million pounds of grocery productsthe equivalent of more than 53 million meals – to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes? Our community turns to Second Harvest’s partner agencies more than 71,000 times per week. THIS is why we need the community’s help to spread the word about hunger right here in our very own backyards. Read More …