Archive for the 'Hunger News' Category

March 14, 2017

National Nutrition Month: On the Move with Chef Terah

Author: Maria Diestro

On a weekly basis, you can find Chef Terah Barrios, Nutrition Educator at Second Harvest, at one of our many partner feeding programs. Chef Terah takes nutrition and cooking education out to the community where hungry families are being served.

What kind of work are you doing with the partner feeding programs?
I get the opportunity to work with families, single adults, seniors and just about anyone who is served through our partner feeding programs. I take nutrition and cooking education to clients while food is being distributed in their communities. I often share recipes utilizing fresh produce or items that Second Harvest has in abundance. Along with the recipe, I give clients a sample that they can taste.

Many of the clients served have diet-related health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. For this reason, I also share diet-related health information. I get to personally speak with many individuals while they wait for food. I hear their stories, their challenges and even their successes as many of them are returning for food. Read More …

March 10, 2017

Puddin’ and the Grumble Blog

Author: Sasha Hausman

Puddin' and the Grumble FloridaNeed a fun Spring Break outing idea? We have the perfect thing for you and your kids! A beautiful play called Puddin’ and the Grumble is coming to Second Harvest Food Bank on Wednesday, March 22nd at 10 am. This is a free event and great for kids in grades 3 – 5. Come join us!

Puddin’ has a secret and if she doesn’t do something fast, it may just eat her alive! To make matters worse, her mom is sending her away, she has to start a new school, and soon she’ll be stuck living with her crazy, ex-lounge singing, yoga-loving grandma. Can things get any worse? Or maybe, just maybe, they’re about to get better…

Puddin’ and the Grumble fearlessly tackles childhood hunger and is perfect for all audiences. Read More …

March 9, 2017

Health & Hunger in Central Florida

Author: Karen Broussard

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida produceWhat do a Food Bank and 20 healthcare executives in Central Florida have in common? Before December 2015, we weren’t sure there was much.  Since then, though, the answer has become very clear: we all want to stem the rising tide of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other diet-related chronic diseases that are disproportionately affecting our low-income neighbors.

The healthcare folks knew that the social determinant of food insecurity was a very real barrier to their ability to help these same patients get well and stay well.  The Food Bank knew that these were the same community members who relied on our feeding partners to supplement their food budgets. Read More …

February 17, 2017

A Spotlight on Senior Hunger

Author: Melissa Kear

This year in Orange County alone, nearly 15,000 seniors face food insecurity. As “baby boomers” move into retirement, these numbers could easily increase. From a population that has helped shape so much advancement and innovation in our day-to-day life, that are grandparents, veterans, teachers, and caregivers, it is heartbreaking to know that there are so many who have to worry about having enough to eat.

An estimated 12% of the senior population in Orange County is thought to struggle with food insecurity, and while it sounds like a low number, it is important to note the effects of hunger on seniors is exponentially more devastating than other age groups. Read More …

February 7, 2017

Start a virtual food drive and help families in Central Florida

Author: Maria Diestro

Are you looking to give back this year in a unique way? Second Harvest’s virtual food drive tool is a great way to get you or your group involved with ending hunger in Central Florida in an easy, immediate and highly effective way. Did I mention that it’s also really fun?

Whether it’s for your birthday, your wedding, a sports event or graduation, you can use our virtual food drive tool to raise awareness and help fight hunger in our community.

Below are some benefits of running a virtual food drive:

– Easy to use and manage.
– It’s the greenest and easiest of all food drives.
– Allows for group participation. Competition-style drives can encourage greater participation. Read More …

January 25, 2017

Publix & Hormel Partner to make another Impactful Year with Hams For Hunger

Author: Kirsten Langan

Each year from September 1st to December 31st, Publix Super Markets, Hormel® and Cure 81® partner to donate hams to those in need through the Ham’s for Hunger program.  This year on January  10th Second Harvest Food Bank received a wonderful and much-needed donation of 500 fresh Hormel Hams.

Thanks to our network of 550 partner agencies, these hams were able to be rapidly distributed into our Central Florida community.  Publix  & Hormel also partnered up in the Gainesville area to donate 500 fresh Hormel Hams to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, extending their generous gift throughout Florida.

We cannot thank Publix Super Markets enough for this wonderful donation and their ongoing support and contributions to our Hunger Relief efforts here in Central Florida. Read More …