September 11, 2017

Meal Delivery at Freedom High School

Author: Maria Shanley

Today's delivery to one of Orange County's special needs shelters at Freedom High School. Delivered 670 meals, 1600 drinks and 1000 snacks. #feedhopenow

Posted by Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida on Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma Relief Effort

Author: Maria Shanley

Our community has been severely impacted by Hurricane Irma. As the sun comes out today so will stories of its destruction.

When it is safe to do so, we will start looking to see what damage we have at our Brevard and Volusia facilities. Our main facility has received minor damage that we can see so far. We will continue to supply hot meals to local shelters during the recovery phase of Irma. Additional food resources are being brought in from across the Feeding America network and will assist us tomorrow when we begin distribution for the hardest hit areas in the state.  Read More …

September 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma Update

Author: Erika Spence

Here is an update before Hurricane Irma hits about the preparations that Second Harvest Food Bank has started for the aftermath of the storm. We are closely monitoring the storm and are cautiously optimistic.

We have taken inventory of the resources we have in stock at all our warehouses. We are supplying hot meals to local shelters after the storm and in the recovery phase. If needed, we will have additional product brought in from across the Feeding America network and this will assist us when we begin distribution for the hardest hit areas in the state. We are prepared and ready to serve our community in the aftermath.

Our Disaster Relief web page currently has a list of emergency resources, and information about how you can help after the storm hits. A call to action for volunteers will also be posted here and on our homepage if it is needed.

Our offices will be closed on Monday but ready to open Tuesday to help with disaster relief. Local community support will be needed after the storm and we will communicate specific needs as they are determined.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Please stay safe during the storm.

September 6, 2017

For Some Kids, Summer is Not a Vacation.

Author: Guest Blogger

For some Central Florida kids and teens and their families, summer is not necessarily a time for vacation. Instead, this season presents several problems for low-income families, especially those who do not qualify for SNAP.

 1. Central Florida is home to 289,348 students that rely on a nutritious breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch program during the school year.[1] During the summer, families are responsible for an additional $30 in food per week per child.

2. The average cost of childcare is $173 per week per child in Central Florida – and that’s including subsidized options.[2] Summer camps can be too expensive and parents cannot afford to stay home from work. In many cases, elder children are saddled with the responsibility of caring for their younger siblings.

3. Summer means academic learning loss and playing catch-up when school resumes. Without academic engagement at home, students begin to forget and lose skills obtained during the school year.

Summer Food Service Program

Fortunately, the weight of these burdens is alleviated through programs like the Summer Break Spot, a USDA Summer Food Service Program, that empowers community organizations to partner together to diminish the impact of summertime on low-income kids, teens, and families.

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September 4, 2017

My First Month As a Food Banker

Author: Kelly Quintero

As I close out my second month at Second Harvest Food Bank, I want to give you a little insight into who I am and what the first month of being a food banker has taught me.

When I interviewed with Dave Krepcho for the position of Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, he asked me what hunger meant to me.  I don’t think he was expecting my response. For me, hunger is personal. Read More …

August 31, 2017

Are You Up to the Challenge?

Author: Erika Spence

Did you know 113 million more meals a year are needed to fill the hunger gap in our community? We need your help to make that gap smaller!

Our goal is to provide 40,000 meals this September – and you can help! With your support, we can get more meals onto the tables of our neighbors struggling with food insecurity. There are many ways to get involved during Hunger Action Month this September.

Take the Share-A-Meal Challenge!

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