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 8, 2016

Share Your Christmas

Author: Sasha Hausman

Wesh 2 News Share Your ChristmasWESH2 News kicked off their 31st annual Share Your Christmas last week on Giving Tuesday. With your incredible support over $66,000 was raised in one day for our Central Florida Neighbors in need. This week you have followed us all in Volusia, Marion, Brevard, and Osceola Counties. Now, be sure to tune in tomorrow starting at 6 am to 1 pm to see our final Share Your Christmas celebration in Orange County at the WESH2 Studios. There will be special guests with lots of food and funds to give plus lots of holiday cheer!

If you are in Orange or Seminole County, please drop by the WESH Studios anytime tomorrow morning with your donations. Who knows? Maybe you will be put on TV! If you are unable to drop by, but still want to help, be sure to click here.

Special thank you to our friends at WESH2 News for all their hard work to make this possible. Let’s make this a special holiday season for all our neighbors in Central Florida! Read More …

November 28, 2016

Canstruction Orlando 2016 Wrapup

Author: Guest Blogger

Canstruction Orlando 2016Final results for Canstruction Orlando 2016 are in and we CAN feel the excitement!!!!

This Thanksgiving as you enjoyed your turkey (or like me, ordered out for something a little different!), we hope you’ll remember how much you’ve done this year to help families in Central Florida. With your help this year, Canstruction Orlando has raised (drumroll) over 24,742 food items!

Besides the incredible amount of food raised, you’ve raised an equally impressive amount of additional funding for Second Harvest Food Bank… over $4000! Read More …

October 3, 2016

Thank You For Taking Hunger Action this September!

Author: Maureen Mikel

thank-you-samThis September during Hunger Action Month we asked for help from our community and did you all ever pull through!

We want to start off by saying THANK YOU to every single person that took part in our Skip a Meal Challenge. You skipped meals, donated your lunch money and provided 23,612 meals to our neighbors in need! That is no small feat.

A very special thank you to our donor who generously matched every donation dollar for dollar during the Skip a Meal Challenge, and the City of Winter Park and the City of Orlando and anyone else who helped spread the word about the Challenge. Because of all of you, so many children, families, and seniors in our Central Florida community do not have to worry about where there next meal will come from. Way to go Skip a Meal Challengers! Read More …

September 15, 2016

Dining in Darkness to Shine a Light on Hunger and Vision Impairment

Author: Maureen Mikel

img_8588Do you think that you could handle dining in complete darkness – only relying on smell, taste and texture to try to figure out what food you’ve just taken a bite of? How about trying to guess how full your glass is, trying to sense it’s fullness before it spills over and douses you in water?

Over 125 guests were up for the challenge this year at Light House of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank’s Dining in the Dark. Perhaps it was the Orlando Police Department’s SWAT team that incentivized guests to join, as they greeted and mingled with guests during the cocktail hour, and were decked out in night vision goggles to serve dinner in complete darkness. Or maybe it was award-winning Chef Jill Holland, who treated guests to a whirlwind of delicious flavors and smells, keeping them on their toes as they tried to guess what was plated in front of them. Read More …