Archive for the 'Disaster Relief: Hurricanes Irma & Maria' Category

September 25, 2017

Hurricane Relief Freshens Rosemont Elementary School Community

Author: Guest Blogger

The power outage affecting communities across Central Florida, including the Rosemont Elementary area, was resolved thanks to the hardworking linemen seeking to restore power following Hurricane Irma.

As a result of this prolonged outage, many families lost their perishable grocery items. However, not everyone will be able to replace the food that they lost during the outage. Neighbors surviving paycheck to paycheck may not have the budget to replace the items lost forcing them to resort to cheaper, less healthy options.

Rosemont Elementary is a Title I school where students receive free breakfast and lunch throughout the school year. The school is also a new partner of Second Harvest Food Bank’s School Market program. As part of the School Market program, the school participates in a Fresh Market, which provides fresh produce to its families during school events, like last week’s Open House.

Principal, Kelly Maldonado, and the Program Coordinator for Parent and Family Engagement, Shirley Williams, have been key partners in developing the School Market program at Rosemont Elementary. Following Hurricane Irma, Williams received reports from families visiting the school about the struggles and issues they were facing in the aftermath – a major problem being groceries and the finances to purchase them.  Read More …

September 23, 2017

Mt. Olive SDA Serves 1200 Families

Author: Erika Spence

 Second Harvest Food Bank partnered with Mt. Olive Seventh Day Adventist church to feed the local community after Hurricane Irma. You can watch more about this story on WESH2 online.

We would like to thank Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, our local businesses, church leaders and volunteers…

Posted by Mt. Olive SDA Community Service Outreach on Friday, September 22, 2017

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September 21, 2017

Hurricane Irma Food Drop in Brevard

Author: Lauren Moskowitz

Second Harvest Food Bank partnered with Hands for Healing in Palm Bay for a mobile food drop after Hurricane Irma.

Brevard County suffered mass power outages and faced boil water notices in many communities after the storm. As Annie reports in the video below, people lost everything. There was a lot of damage and food distributions were just one way to help people get back to normal.

The food bank provided a truckload of food filled with dairy, meat and produce items, along with water and other shelf stable items. The organization sent out a mass text to its distribution list.

Hands for Healing received a 40’ refrigerated cargo container in February from Second Harvest through the Bank of America Agency Capacity Grant. This container enables Hands for Healing to execute food drops on a massive scale throughout the year.

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September 20, 2017

Mobile Food Drop Report: Lake Cares & Habitat for Humanity

Author: Erika Spence

Following Hurricane Irma, Second Harvest Food Bank was honored to work with so many local feeding partners, non-profits and government leaders to collaborate and unite in distributing food, water and other items to families in need.

It is great to witness people coming together during this time of need in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Today, I…

Posted by Congressman Daniel Webster on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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September 19, 2017

Mobile Food Drops Increase Food Access After a Disaster

Author: Lauren Moskowitz

One of the ways Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida responds in the wake of a natural disaster is through mobile food drops.

The Mobile Drop Program, which has grown considerably since its inception in 2011, is a unique and effective way of distributing large volumes of food and water to the communities that need it most.

In the week following Hurricane Irma, Second Harvest completed 10 mobile drops across Central Florida with more scheduled this week. Apostolic Church of Jesus in Altamonte Springs, one of last week’s drop locations, provided water, MREs and other non-perishables to more than 500 individuals. Second Harvest’s own Nutrition Ambassador, Chef Terah, was also on hand to greet attendees and answer questions. Read More …

September 18, 2017

Mobile Drop Report: Operation Love Outreach

Author: Erika Spence

Hurricane Irma affected many communities across Central Florida. Second Harvest Food Bank was able to connect with many of its feeding partners to coordinate mobile food drops in the days following the storm, including the Apopka area.

At a food drop hosted by Operation Love Outreach, people started to form a line while they waited for the delivery to arrive. One woman approached Chris, one of the organizers, to inquire about the food distribution. He could see she was visibly shaking. She explained that she had juice in her refrigerator at home but that it had spoiled in the power outage after the storm passed. Her blood sugar was so low that she drank it anyway, which caused her to feel even worse.

As they were talking a pallet of juice was unloaded from the Second Harvest Food Bank truck and she began to cry.