The heat was on at the 2015 Feed the Need Kick-Off as representatives from the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Winter Park Fire Department, and Rollins College duked it out in a fierce can-stacking competition to see who could build the highest tower of cans – each representing the amount of food and funds raised for our neighbors in need during Winter Park’s Feed the Need Campaign.
Winter Park’s Feed the Need Campaign has raised over $100,000 each year since it’s start in 2013, and the Winter Park Community believes they can surpass that goal once again during the 2015 campaign. In addition to the exciting can-stacking competition, the community of Winter Park gathered at Winter Park City Hall Monday morning, November 2nd, 2015 for the official kick-off and to hear why exactly Winter Park chooses Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as their beneficiary for the Feed the Need campaign.
As President of Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Chapin explained, most folks think of Winter Park as an affluent area and don’t realize the need within their very own backyards, but in fact, 1 in 4 children are in need of food assistance in Central Florida, and a lot of those children reside in Winter Park. Killarney Elementary’s principal, Kelly Steinke, also brought light to the fact that many of the children that attend Killarney Elementary are homeless and are in need of food assistance, and reiterated how very important Winter Park’s Feed the Need Campaign is, as it helps ensure children in these schools are not going to bed at night on empty stomachs. With the Winter Park Community’s help, Killarney Elementary is able to get food to these children in need, so they’re able to focus on school and learning, and not have to worry about where their next meal may be coming from – and as CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Dave Krepcho put it – “When a child is fed, it’s a good day.”
Winter Park’s Chamber of Commerce also made an exciting announcement that a whopping $22,000 has already been raised for the Feed the Need campaign, so the Winter Park community is already off to a fantastic start!
On behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, we would like to thank all of the sponsors – Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, City of Winter Park, Rollins College, Sodexo, Mayflower Retirement Community, Florida Distributors, Winter Park Memorial Hospital, and ThinkCreative – as well as all of the Community Champions in Winter Park for rallying together to raise the funds that are so desperately needed to help feed our neighbors in need in Winter Park.
For more information on Winter Park’s Feed the Need campaign and ways to get involved and become a Community Champion, please visit www.feedhopenow.org/feedtheneed.