May 26, 2017

School Is Out and Kids Are Out of Time

Author: Guest Blogger

2017 Summer Hope for Kids Virtual Food Drive Chef John StoryLast summer, a co-worker and I were at the Holden Community Center for an event. The majority of people there were children ranging from elementary to high school. School was starting soon, and they were there with a parent to receive book bags and assorted items for the upcoming school year.

While we sat at our table, a teenaged boy, probably late middle school to high school age, passed by our table. The words that came out of his mouth were unforgettable.

“Thank you,” he said. I was taken off guard with his statement and downplayed my confusion to reply, “You’re very welcome, for…”

The teenaged boy smiled and explained that every day, the Second Harvest Meals for Good food trucks came by his neighborhood to feed him, and he really loved the food. He then thanked me again for what I did for kids like him.

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May 18, 2017

Publix Super Markets Raise Over $150,000 From 2016 Food For All

Author: Melissa Kear

Publix Food for All DonationPublix Super Markets is a long-time partner with Second Harvest Food Bank, and every year they run a Food For All point-of-sale campaign over the holidays toward fighting hunger in our communities. This year, they presented checks for over $150,000!

The amount raised by Publix customers will provide over half a million more meals into Central Florida. Those meals will provide hunger relief to low-income, hard-working adults, kids, and seniors all across our community, and we appreciate every single dollar donated for them. Read More …

May 18, 2017

Swamp Sistas La La at Orlando Fringe This Weekend

Author: Melissa Kear

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May 18, 2017

Thank You For Stamping Out Hunger!

Author: Melissa Kear

25th Annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central FloridaOn Saturday, May 13th, tens of thousands of pounds of donated food, all across Central Florida, made its from your mailboxes to local post offices, all to help stamp out hunger for local kids, families, and seniors! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 25th Annal Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Whether you donated food, were one of the amazing, hard working letter carriers who delivered bags and postcards and filled your trucks with donations to be delivered, or a volunteer who helped to unload those trucks and sort through donations, Second Harvest, our Central Florida feeding partners, and thousands of our neighbors in need thank you.

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May 4, 2017

Story of Hope and Courage: Chef Kenneth Neil

Author: Maria Diestro

Chef Kenneth reminds us what it’s all about, and what an impact your support makes. Thank you again for sharing your story with us, Chef. We are so proud of you, and wish you continued success!

Chef Kenneth Neil is a graduate of Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program. This program provides qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry.

Click here to learn more about our culinary training program.

May 3, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Florida Orlando Mission Group

Author: Mindy Ortiz

Florida Orlando Mission group volunteersOver the past 15 months, we’ve had a new group of familiar faces around the food bank.

In 2015, we were approached by the Florida Orlando Mission group to form a partnership between the food bank and the missionaries to provide volunteer opportunities on a regular basis. Of course we said yes!

Every Wednesday since, they have sent 20-30 volunteers for our 1 pm donation shift.  Whether helping out in our warehouse to sort meats, dry goods, produce, or helping with our numerous office & special event projects, they are an AMAZING group to work with. To date, they have volunteered a total of 3,642 hours! Read More …