Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida recently wrapped up a three-year agency capacity building initiative made possible by the Winter Park Health Foundation. The idea behind the grant was to identify opportunities to support feeding partners in their pursuit to serve more people with more healthy food.
The innovative approach provided equipment, training, nutrition education and network development, all of which contributed to more than 30 feeding partners building their capacity and expanding their ability to better serve at-risk kids, families and seniors in Winter Park and the surrounding area.
Throughout the course of this three-year period:
More than 7,000 people were engaged through nutrition demonstrations, trainings, classes and healthy food sampling led by Nutrition Educator Chef Terah.
15 different partner agencies received brand new capacity building refrigerators, freezers, shelving and other equipment resulting in a 51% increase in nutritious perishable food over the three year period and a net increase of 679,030 meals!
More than 4,000 custom Fresh Harvest recipe books were distributed in the community featuring recipe ideas for produce like cabbage, sweet potatoes, corn and apples. Several recipes quickly became must-haves at potlucks and family gatherings.
Rollins College Edyth Bush Institute of Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership presented 10 workshops on topics such as Volunteer Management and Grant Writing. In addition, Second Harvest launched and successfully hosted three Partner Network Conferences, with participation growing each year. The workshops and conferences filled a void for several small non-profits who are unable to budget for staff or volunteer development.
The University of Central Florida’s School of Public Administration provided collaborative networking tools, research and recommendations, including a recently distributed Winter Park Community Resource Guide.
As this grant comes to an end, Second Harvest and its network of feeding partners are grateful to the generosity of Winter Park Health Foundation. The solutions tested during this grant have created a foundation for additional opportunities to invest in additional healthy pantry initiatives.
Learn more about Second Harvest’s nutrition programs on our website.