January 20, 2017

Performer’s With a Purpose

Author: Guest Blogger

Performers with a Purpose: The Edge EffectHere at Performer’s With a Purpose, we love partnering with charities to help their cause. As entertainers, we really do live blessed lives and it compels us to give back.

Second Harvest Food Bank is a perfect partner for our upcoming Dr. Phillip’s Center show. Our organization is located in the Orlando area and we search for local charities that are doing important work. Read More …

January 6, 2017

Over 2,000 families assisted at Annual Holiday Food Drop

Author: Stephen Currence

2016 OCPS Holiday DropOur mission at Second Harvest is to create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while multiplying the generosity of a caring community. We work with our community to erase the food gap that exists in Central Florida between families that have a need but not consistent access to food. This gap would be far worse without our partnership with the Orange County Public School (OCPS) system.

Each weekday children whose families deal with financial struggles, and the resulting food insecurity issues, receive free or reduced breakfast and lunches. In some areas in Orange County the percentage of low-income children is so high that many schools have 90% or more of their students receiving free and reduced lunch.

Second Harvest Food Bank offers several programs through our Childhood Hunger Program — which offers hot meals and nonperishable foods afterschool and over the weekends to children with food insecurity is. About eight years ago, Orange County Public Schools contacted Second Harvest to help bridge the gap that is left during the two-week school is out for winter break. Read More …

December 28, 2016

Rollins Feeds the Need

Author: Sasha Hausman

Rollins Feed the NeedWhat once was a small food drive started by Rollins College’s Greek life has now transformed into an incredible fundraiser to help feed our neighbors in need. Rollins College and Sodexo led the charge to feed Central Florida by continuing to support their Rollins Feed the Campaign.

Throughout the month of November, students, faculty, and staff worked hard to spread the word that 1 in 4 kids in our community rely on some sort of food benefit. The campaign brought in close to $10,000 which will be able to provide $90,000 worth of groceries!

Thank you to the teams at Rollins and Sodexo who got creative to raise these funds. Cookie sales, iPad raffles, chef showdowns and soup kitchen lunches…they really put their all to make sure more of our neighbors will have access to nutritious food over the holidays. Read More …

December 27, 2016

Thank You for Sharing Your Christmas!

Author: Sasha Hausman

2016 Wesh 2 News Share Your ChristmasWhen we think about the holidays, no matter what we celebrate, there is one thing everyone has in common…food. We celebrate with food, we congregate around food. Food and the holidays go hand in hand. Now picture your family holiday gathering without the food. It is a bit different, right?

Thanks to our talented friends at WESH2 News and their generous viewers, hundreds of thousands of our neighbors were able to have a special holiday because they had enough food to feed their families. The WESH2 New’s 31st Annual Share Your Christmas Food and Funds Drive brought in over $147,000 and 57,000 pounds of food to share with our neighbors in need. In food bank math, this equals 637,000 meals! Read More …

December 21, 2016

Apples for Christmas

Author: Dave Krepcho

Christmas applesThis time of year, I am reminded of the story of Cindy, a young single mother of a vivacious, red-headed six year old named Vivian. Having left an abusive situation almost two years before, Cindy was doing the best she could with the small amount she earned from her hourly-wage job. As Christmas approached, she worried that she would not have the ability to put food on the table, and contacted Second Harvest to learn whether help might be available. She sobbed on the phone as she related her struggle.

After referring Cindy to one of the Food Bank’s outstanding partner food assistance programs, the staff person who had spoken to her realized she had been deeply touched by the conversation. After leaving work, this same staff person went home and gathered some food supplies that she wanted to personally and anonymously contribute to Cindy and Vivian. Read More …

December 19, 2016

Collaboration Abounds

Author: Dave Krepcho

December 2016 Senior MarketSecond Harvest recently completed a successful “Mobile Resource Fair” in east Orange County. We did this in partnership with a group called “Table Sixty”, it includes the Winter Park Health Foundation, Catholic Charities, AARP, Seniors First, Senior Resource Alliance and UCF. The goal of the group is to address senior hunger; approximately one on five seniors are food insecure.

We could not have accomplished the fair without our gracious host, the Knights of Columbus, Council 2112. They provided the venue for the neighborhood to be invited to receive nutritious foods, a cooking demo and SNAP assistance. In total, 7,000 pounds of food was distributed by volunteers and staff. This type of mobile service worked so well that we are looking at doing more of it throughout Central Florida.

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