It’s been said that “it takes more than food to feed the hungry”. At Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, we live the truth of that statement every day. Without the ongoing and combined effort of thousands of contributors of food, funds, and volunteer time, our mission would simply not be possible. Or to use a golf analogy, we would never get off the tee…
Over 30 years of service, a caring and committed community has allowed Second Harvest to provide more food, for more people in need, each and every year. Still, the need remains great, and tragically unmet for too many of our struggling neighbors. When it became clear a few years ago that the Food Bank’s current infrastructure simply would not permit much-needed growth in food distribution, the Building Solutions to Hunger capital campaign was launched to ensure adequate capacity and facilities for decades to come. The new capacity provided by the new 100,000 square foot Morgan & Morgan P.A. Hunger Relief Center on Mercy Drive in Orlando will literally drive the future of hunger relief in Central Florida.
To help reduce the expense associated with the new building project, in-kind donations of goods, services, and materials were sought from the outset of the project. As timing, luck, and generosity would have it, one of our community’s most well-known companies recently moved its corporate headquarters to a new location. As a result of this move, Golf Channel was able to donate enough desks, file cabinets, chairs, tables, bookcases, cabinets, and other furniture to reduce the Food Bank’s overall project budget by more than $200,000.
Recently, as our Food Bank truck was picking up part of the donation at Golf Channel, we had the good fortune to meet up with yet another generous supporter of the Building Solutions to Hunger campaign. Golf legend and Golf Channel Co-Founder Arnold Palmer happened to be on hand that day when we arrived. Talk about serendipity! As investors in Second Harvest Food Bank’s campaign, both Golf Channel and the Arnold D. and Winnifred W. Palmer Foundation are taking action to help feed hope in our community for many years to come. On behalf of all our neighbors in need, we are grateful!
For more information on the Building Solutions to Hunger campaign, please go to www.showmercynow.org/.
Greg Higgerson, CFRE
Vice President, Development
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida