April 17, 2012

Making a Difference

Author: Maria Shanley

Every year, we invite our champion volunteers to a donated luncheon and thank them for their support of Second Harvest Food Bank.

Did you know that last year 10,146 volunteers contributed 35,115 hours? This is equivalent to more than 16 full-time staff members! We could not begin to do the work we do in our community without volunteers. This year, we recognized the following companies/organizations/individuals for going above and beyond their volunteer efforts.

 

Central Florida Letter Carriers Food Drive

Central Florida Letter Carriers collected 376,126 through the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive last year. The food drive for this year is right around the corner. We hope you join us on Saturday, May 14 and help us Stamp Out Hunger >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central Florida Boy Scouts
Central Florida Boy Scouts collected 165,166 lbs through their Scouting for Food program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travelers Insurance

Travelers is an on-going supporter of Second Harvest. They host a food drive for us and store our red bins in their building all year round. They’re also financial donors and recently started volunteering with us regularly.

 

 

 

 

CHEP

Andy Kimpel and his team at CHEP are a tremendous help with food shows. They’re a group that shows up and knows exactly what needs to be done without much instruction.

 

 

 

 

Dean, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton

This group comes in right after work on Wednesday evenings and are ready to help out wherever necessary. They are super helpful and a pleasure to work with.

 

 

 

 

 

Andre Reyna Youth Against Hunger Award

This award was presented to Boy Scout Troop 24. This troop has been volunteering with us the past year regularly on Saturdays. They are so helpful and very engaged.


 

 

 

David Pearlman Award

A little background info on our most honorary volunteer award. Dave Pearlman (deceased) was an honorary life member of our board, and one of the earliest pioneers of Second Harvest Food Bank when it opened. He was committed also to collecting and distributing food through the Jewish Family Services organization, whose emergency food pantry bears his name to this day. He was a selfless champion in the fight against hunger, and an exemplary volunteer.

This year, Susan Reimer-Sifford of Darden Restaurants received this award. Susan began volunteering at Second Harvest since 2005. She has devoted countless hours to our organization and we are so honored to have her as the chair of our Board of Directors.
I’d like to leave you with a service quote and a photo album of our champion volunteers.

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Volunteer Luncheon Photos:

Maria Diestro
Online Services and Communications Manager



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