Exciting Developments at Second Harvest

Exciting Developments at Second HarvestFor more than 28 years, we’ve been working to meet the need for emergency food in Central Florida. Last year alone, Second Harvest provided more than 25 million pounds of food a record amount to more than 500 partner agencies, helping more than 731,900 people in need.

But today, we face an unavoidable fact: our local operation can no longer keep pace with hunger in our region, which continues to increase dramatically each year. Second Harvest’s current facilities lack the space and technology required to meet the growing need. Our partner agencies are seeing more people come through their doors than ever before; meanwhile, the food bank is forced to turn away more than two million pounds of donated food each year due to a lack of adequate space and equipment. The result? Misery, and loss of health, hope, and dignity for many thousands of our neighbors who are struggling.

It’s clear: in order to continue closing the huge gap in service, the food bank must grow. And it must grow now. A larger, more efficient facility will mean Second Harvest can provide a higher quantity and quality of food. Capacity is king in the world of hunger relief, and a new facility will provide the ability to more than double our current distribution over the next 10-15 years. It will also allow for vital new programs and services to be started and expanded in order to provide more food.

To help our community realize the vision of closing that gap of need, our Board of Directors has launched the Building Solutions to Hunger Capital Campaign, a large-scale fundraising effort. Purchasing and equipping the facilities we need will cost a total of $15 million. We realize that this is a tremendous and very ambitious goal. But, we also know that the results of raising this money and making this new building a reality will make a profound and longstanding impact for our community.

Visit ShowMercyNow.org to learn more about our Building Solutions to Hunger Capital Campaign.

On March 14, more than 100 business and community leaders helped Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida kick off the “Building Solutions to Hunger” capital campaign. The new facility will serve more than 55,000 Central Floridians each week and with more space, many more pounds of food will be distributed each year to those in need.

Front page of Orlando Sentinel: Second Harvest Food Bank plans major expansion to meet need

Channel 2 News Coverage of Building Solutions to Hunger Campaign Kick off

Visit ShowMercyNow.org to learn more about our Building Solutions to Hunger Capital Campaign.

Dave Krepcho

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