On April 28, 2017, Second Harvest Culinary Training Program held the graduation ceremony for Class 20, 21, and 22. During the graduation ceremony, certificates of completion were awarded to 24 students. Our commencement speaker was Chef Nora Galdiano from Sysco. Chef Nora reminded our graduates there is no easy road to success you must work hard but not forget to have fun. She pointed out to the importance of seeking out mentors and staying connected to people. Read More …
April 27, 2017
At Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, we believe compassion is always in fashion, and was that ever the case at the 7th Annual Wine Women and Shoes Orlando! On Saturday, April 22nd 2017 over 400 friends of the food bank joined together at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes to sip wine, shop, and show off fabulous shoes – all for the greater cause of supporting our neighbors in need!
A very special “Thank You” to Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies for joining us again for the 3rd year in a row as Wine Women and Shoes Orlando’s Presenting Partner! With the help of Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, all of our generous Sponsors, the WW&S Orlando Chair and Committee, Marketplace vendors, Sole Men, and fabulous guests, over $290,000 was raised! That’s over 1 million meals that are able to be provided to the 1 in 6 Central Floridians that are in need of food assistance. So incredible!!
In case you weren’t able to attend, below are some of our favorite highlights from the event! Read More …
April 25, 2017
Taste! Central Florida is giving one lucky winner a chance to see John Legend next month with an unforgettable concert experience! Simply make a $50 donation for a chance to win our exclusive John Legend ticket package giveaway while helping fund childhood hunger relief programs in our community.
JOHN LEGEND TICKET PACKAGE GIVEAWAY INCLUDES:
• Two tickets to John Legend on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Coachman Park in Clearwater (preferred seating in the first 20 rows).
• A one-night stay at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina with complimentary breakfast buffet for two and valet parking.
• Complimentary use of a Mercedes-Benz C-Class for three days and two nights.
A 900 value! Read More …
April 25, 2017
By Beth McKee
When someone says “I was a hungry child” or when teachers tell me about the struggles many of their students face daily, the reality of childhood hunger comes rushing in. It’s important for us to realize how many people struggle, so I’ve asked a few of my Swamp Sistas* to share their own experiences. The more we know, on a personal level, the better we can understand the need and help fill it.
Here’s what they had to say:
Lauren: “Hunger; something that some of us know all too well. Food; something that is often taken for granted. The worry of not knowing where your next meal will come from, the fear of being ridiculed for getting free or reduced lunch, and the sadness of not being “normal”, because you eat from your neighborhood food pantry. These are the things that are often felt by children struck by hunger. There is a hope to be instilled in those very same kids, and we can be part of it.” Read More …
April 19, 2017
Our organization quickly embraced America’s Second Harvest’s (what is now Feeding America) Kids Cafe Program soon after it was conceived in 1993. Since then, over 60 different locations in four counties have benefited from this prepared meal program.
- Since 1993, over 2.2 million meals have been served.
- 33% of those in the last 3 years.
- From inception to 2015, prepared meals were purchased from an external vendor.
- In October of 2015, our production kitchen began delivering cold meals.
- In February of 2016, we partnered with Orange County Parks & Recreation to provide meals to their 12 after school centers!
- In August of 2016, our kitchen began serving hot meals.
- Last December, we opened up our first Kids Cafe in Brevard County.
- Just last month, we opened up our second Brevard Kids Cafe.
- Today, we serve over 1,400 kids each day at 27 different locations in 4 counties.View a Map of current sites.
April 17, 2017
Growing up as a kid who lived in a food insecure household, I wasn’t nearly as excited for summer as most of my classmates. Sure, school was out, which meant not having to wake up early to catch the bus, spend my days doing homework, or sitting in a classroom instead of being outside, but it also meant no more school meals. When you live in a working-poor family, who is struggling to make ends meet and has to constantly make tough decisions, having enough food in the fridge is a constant worry and stress.
My story is a small example of the one in four kids who struggle in Central Florida with hunger. As an adult, I understand the importance first hand of summer feeding programs, and my own experiences are a huge driving force in my daily work. Every year more feeding sites are popping up all over Central Florida, working to reach low-income areas and food deserts to make nutritious meals accessible for local kids. Read More …