Archive for the 'Hunger News' Category

November 9, 2017

Table Sixty Fall Food Festival at Kaley Square

Author: Erika Spence

On Saturday, November 4th, Second Harvest Food Bank participated in a Fall Food Festival at Kaley Square in Orlando. It was the third food distribution event through Table Sixty, a collaborative effort created to make sure that seniors in Orange County don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.

Thousands of pounds of beautiful, fresh produce, bakery items and non-perishables were distributed to more than 120 households. In addition to the food distribution, blood pressure screenings, community resources, healthy recipes and nutrition information were also provided at the adjoining resource fair.

Second Harvest Food Bank’s own Chef Terah served a delicious nutrient-packed fruit salad highlighting the seasonal fruit available that day. Several attendees took advantage of Terah’s expertise to talk in detail about their health conditions and how adjusting their diets could help with conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. Read More …

November 9, 2017

Give A Meal – Or More!

Author: Erika Spence

Who doesn’t love to stretch a dollar? I know I’m guilty of seeking out BOGO deals and that I get excited about the promise of a free gift with purchase. Imagine what it would feel like to receive two free items for the price of one

That is exactly the kind of magic Bank of America is doing to amplify your donation and provide more meals for Central Florida families right now. Through the Give A Meal program, Bank of America is raising funds to feed people who struggle with hunger. In Central Florida, one in six people turn to Second Harvest Food Bank’s network of pantries and meal service programs annually. For every $1 donated to the program, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will give $2 more.

This 2:1 match is only available for a limited time. Read More …

November 8, 2017

Let Us Not Forget Our Veterans

Author: Erika Spence

Christina enlisted in the Air Force after high school. She remembers the sense of pride and accomplishment she felt after completing basic training. She went on to serve as a surgery tech in Desert Storm. After returning from war, she became sick and received a medical retirement. Retirement was a blessing because she was so ill, but also an unexpected disruption in her life. Within two weeks, she lost her job, her income and her personal identity.

She didn’t have enough money to support herself. She needed a new game plan and enrolled in college. Christina had to decide between attending school, working and never seeing her kids or attending school and receiving assistance. The military taught her to be self-reliant, so it wasn’t easy to ask for help. Her family moved into public housing and received food from a local food pantry.

To change your life plans that quickly is a big deal,” Christina recalls. “Without the assistance I received, I do not know what I would have done.” Read More …

November 8, 2017

Family, Food & Community at Tokyo Soul Dinner

Author: Guest Blogger

Inspired by the Japanese Izakaya (think Gastropub or Tapas bar), Dragonfly is where locals have been coming for over 10-years to make meaningful connections with friends, family, and co-workers over sushi, robata, saké, shōchū, and spirits. Our Tokyo Soul dinner event is another extension of that concept.

Tokyo Soul was conceived by our chef de cuisine, Dequane Stobbs. The dinner event incorporates a modern interpretation of Southern Soul Food done with a Japanese twist. To give the dinner purpose, a grounding in our community, we’re excited to partner with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. To help people understand the concept, we spoke with Dequane Stobbs about the upcoming dinner. Read More …

November 7, 2017

Help Scout for Food on Veteran’s Day

Author: Erika Spence

Each year, Boy Scouts across the country, and right here in Central Florida, participate in Scouting for Food. As the largest single-day food drive in America, the program collects thousands of pounds of food for Central Florida kids, families and seniors. In 2017, Scouting for Food falls on Veteran’s Day, when many will be honoring those that served in the armed forces.

To highlight how this day of community service can honor those that served our country, Vionn, a local scout, recently had a conversation with Christina, a veteran and volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The two talked about food, career goals, military life and scouting.

When Vionn explained that he is on a path to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, Christina shared that both of her children were involved in scouting, and the two immediately connected over this common bond.

The takeaway: When you participate in scouting or the military, you are part of something bigger than yourself. When you meet someone who is a fellow scout or a veteran, even if you are from different places, councils or branches, you share a common experience of service to others. Read More …

November 6, 2017

Who Will Be the 2017 Hunger Bowl Champion? You Decide!

Author: Melissa Kear

5th Annual Hunger BowlBig Ten football fans, this one is for you. Are you ready to rumble, tumble, and help end the hunger grumble for local kids, seniors, and families?

Central Florida B1G alumni clubs have come together to compete to be this year’s Hunger Bowl Champion, and you can help decide the winner. Supporting your favorite Big Ten team means supporting your local community, and that is something to cheer about!

Your school not in the Big Ten or don’t much care about college football? You can still be a valuable player against hunger by donating to our MVP page.

Hunger Bowl ends November 24th at 11:59 pm, so get those points on the board for your favorite team, and together let’s bring much-needed hunger relief to thousands of our neighbors in need this football season! Learn more at or by selecting your favorite team below.  Read More …