Over the past few months, I’ve been visiting our Grocery Alliance Donors (BJ’s, Publix, Sam’s Club, Sweetbay, Target, Walmart and Winn Dixie) with a certificate of recognition and a message of thanks. Last year, these combined retail partners were able to provide 14,400,827 total meals to our neighbors in need! Often, Store Managers and Associates are in disbelief that their daily routine of preparing donations can make such a huge impact in our community.
Our partner agencies have access to a wide variety of perishable and non-perishable products that our retailers provide. Recently, while speaking with a few agencies, I asked them, “How has the Grocery Alliance Program impacted your organization?”
“We have operated the Friday Afternoon Food Bank for 3 years now and from the very first day all our volunteers have been amazed at the amount of food we receive from Second Harvest that is donated by various grocery stores in our area. We, volunteers, are amazed, thankful and truly inspired by the generosity of our Grocery Alliance Partners.” – John Chambliss, Volunteer Coordinator at Tuskawilla Shepherds, Inc.
“The Grocery Alliance program has been a life saver (literally) to families who are faced with the choice of eating or paying for rent, utilities or medications. The access to fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products allows for healthy eating during a financial crisis. Without this program, we would see many families forced to eat ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese as staples. – Sandi Vidal, Executive Director at Christian Help
Here at Second Harvest Food Bank we are so thankful for the continued effort and dedication of each and every retail store who help us fulfill our mission of fighting hunger in Central Florida.
photos of some of our food donors:
Grocery Alliance Program Coordinator