Central Florida Prepares for Hurricane Michael

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is preparing for disaster relief efforts as Hurricane Michael makes landfall in the Florida panhandle. While the storm will not directly impact Central Florida, our community will play a supportive role in the recovery effort.

On Thursday, volunteers began preparing 2,000 disaster relief boxes filled with cereal, shelf-stable milk, rice, beans, peanut butter, jelly and canned fruit. These boxes are designed to provide a family of four with essential nutrients in the days following Hurricane Michael. A big thank you to volunteers from Disney, Florida Hospital, Universal and the Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista for helping assemble these kits, which will provide much-needed help and hope to fellow Floridians in the days ahead.

Through a highly-coordinated effort with state and local Emergency Operation Centers, along with Feeding America and the Feeding Florida network of food banks, Second Harvest will be able to spring into action and deploy food and resources where they are most needed.

How you can help

  • Give Funds: Donations can be made online at feedhopenow.org/disaster.
  • Give Food: Bottled water and non-perishable foods may be donated at our main facility in Orlando, as well as branch warehouses in Brevard and Volusia counties. Please call before you drop off donations to ensure someone is here to receive them. A list of critical needs can be found on our website.
  • Give Time: Volunteer opportunities are available on Friday afternoon and Saturday at feedhopenow.org/volunteer. Once the need is assessed in the panhandle, additional shifts may be added, so check back for more opportunities.

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