Collecting Change to Make Change

Cleo Richardson first visited Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida on a school field trip. She and her classmates toured the Orlando distribution center and helped sort and bag sweet potatoes.

Then, last summer her cousin, Micah, invited her to join him for Kids Club. She spent two weeks immersed in all aspects of the food bank and learned more about how Second Harvest creates change in our community. From farm to food bank, she participated in a gleaning activity to rescue unharvested corn from the fields of Mount Dora, sorted food in the warehouse and even had a baking lesson with the Culinary Training Program instructors. But, what made a lasting impression on Cleo was that $1 donated to Second Harvest can provide 4 meals for kids, families and seniors in need.

“One quarter seems like a little bit of money, but every little bit helps.”

Cleo set out to collect as many quarters as she could. She decorated a box, made a sign and dropped spare change in whenever she found some. She even set the box and sign out at a yard sale for people to donate.

In just a few months her small box was full and she turned in $12 worth of change, plus one additional dollar bill, enough to provide 52 meals.

Inspired by students like Cleo, Second Harvest is building upon its successful Kids Club with the launch of iHope Camp.  Each week of camp has its own theme and curriculum to inspire and engage the next generation to learn and care about the world around them. Learn more at

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