Shutdown Impact on Central Florida Families

Welcome to the first Advocacy Update of 2018! Between the federal government shutdown and the swearing-in for our new city of Orlando commissioners, we’ve kept busy.

Shutdown Impact on our Neighbors in Need

Last month, we saw the federal government shutdown for three days. Congress and the Administration struck a short-term deal to fund the government until today – February 8th. We are prepared to find ourselves in a similar position if they are unable to strike a permanent deal by midnight.

It’s critical that you continue to encourage your elected officials to provide adequate funding for programs like SNAP, school lunches, and other nutritional programs. Here’s a look at the potential consequences for these programs in the event of another shutdown.

Partnering to end hunger in Orlando

Congratulations to the newly sworn-in Orlando Commissioners Jim Gray, Robert Stuart and Regina Hill. We look forward to strengthening our partnership to end hunger in Central Florida. Thank you to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings who recently toured the Orlando facility and sat down with us to discuss our childhood hunger efforts.

Who is hungry in Central Florida?

Curious about who receives help from Second Harvest? Our Mission Storyteller, Erika, captured Joann’s story. Just days before Christmas, Joann found herself at the end of her rope. Hungry, dizzy and in need of hope. She was a previous participant in SNAP but when her financial situation changed, she called to cancel her assistance last spring.

After having her home damaged from Hurricane Irma and her roommate leaving without paying rent, Joann fell behind on repair bills and expenses. She found herself without food and in desperate need of help. When she hadn’t eaten in two weeks and lost 17 pounds, she turned to Karen on our Second Harvest Benefits Connection team for assistance. Continue reading to find out about Joann’s holiday miracle.

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