October 9, 2017

Help Second Harvest Outrun Hunger!

Author: Brie Rios

Calling all runners! We need your help!

We are pleased to announce that RunDisney has named Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as the celebratory charity for this year’s Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend presented by MISFIT™. We’re looking for runners for the 5K, 10K and the Half Marathon races happening November 3-5, 2017. Your entry in the race will be FREE, but we ask that you raise at least $500 to support our local kids, families and seniors in need. Read More …

October 9, 2017

Cake Fair Founder Inspires Culinary Students

Author: Erika Spence

Knock on doors. Take chances. Look for new experiences.

This is just some of the advice Kevin O’Reilly shared with students in Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Culinary Training Program. O’Reilly is the founder & CEO of Satin Fine Foods, Inc. and The America’s Cake Fair, which is hosting its second celebration of cake at the Orange County Convention Center later this month. He recently met with students to share his story of culinary success in hopes of inspiring future food industry employees. Read More …

October 6, 2017

Some of Our Youngest Hunger Heroes

Author: Erika Spence

The students at Hungerford Elementary School in Eatonville recently donated funds to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, and while that is no small feat for any child, the story behind their donation is even more heartfelt.

Students at Hungerford recently read “Wishtree,” the latest book by award-winning children’s author Katherine Applegate. The story is about an old oak tree that watches over the neighborhood and receives wishes from its residents tied to its branches. Wishes for hope, peace, respect and all sorts of concerns.  Read More …

October 5, 2017

Health & Hunger in Central Florida: A Call to Action

Author: Kelly Quintero

On September 22nd, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida presented the Community Health Needs Assessment in partnership with Florida Hospital and Orlando Health. With more than 100 attendees that included community leaders, executives and elected officials, the report revealed that food insecurity, along with access to care, is key to improving a person’s health and well-being.

Hunger is now seen as a health issue, and food is the best medicine. As such, access to adequate nutrition is now a top priority for the major health systems in Central Florida. This new focus will have a profound impact on our community. Read More …

October 5, 2017

Small Wheels, Big Fun!

Author: Brie Rios

On Sunday, September 24th, our warehouse was completely transformed into an Iron Man race course. With help from our friend Chris Sadowski, a well versed Iron Man himself, we created a half-biking, half-running race course all throughout our facility. Participants of all ages arrived bright and early, ready to race through the food bank! Did I mention that during this event we also had a Family Volunteer Day going on? Family members ages 5 and up joined the fun by sorting fresh produce in our corral and simultaneously cheering on our racers as they went by. Read More …

October 4, 2017

Emergency Food Box Delivery

Author: Erika Spence

Today Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida delivered emergency food boxes for families arriving from Puerto Rico to the Disaster Relief Center at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and to Latino Leadership. Working through DCF and our feeding partners, we are preparing to serve an influx of families arriving from Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

With Hurricanes Irma and Maria disaster relief in full force, the need will only continues. You can help feed kids, seniors and families by donating funds, food or volunteering. Find out how to help at www.feedhopenow.org/disaster.

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