July 17, 2017

Local Youth Awarded André Reyna Youth Against Hunger Award

Author: Melissa Kear

Lauren Bautista and Odalys ReynaEvery day, local youth are finding ways to give a voice to those less fortunate. Some volunteer, some advocate, some donate, and some are continuing to find unique ways to solve the problems local kids, families, and seniors in need face.

André Reyna was a very special young man who encompassed this. As a student at UCF and frequent volunteer for Second Harvest Food Bank and other local causes, André cared very deeply about helping those less fortunate, and about making sure that people had the basics of life available no matter their financial resources. Read More …

November 7, 2013

Operations Team Receives “Superior” Rating from AIB International

Author: Melissa Kear

Warehouse CrewLast month, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida was inspected by a company called AIB International. AIB is the food industry’s monitoring organization that measures the highest and strictest standards for distribution center operations and professionalism. Many commercial food companies find themselves hard-pressed to perform at AIB’s high standards, but we are happy to report that our Operations team received a “Superior” rating. That’s a score of 925 out of a possible 1,000, which is pretty amazing considering we are a nonprofit organization. Congrats to everybody on the warehouse team for doing a magnificent job in representing the values of Second Harvest. Read More …

February 23, 2012

Annual Report Harvests Addy Gold

Author: Greg Higgerson

At Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, we’re proud of our accomplishments in recent years.  In the face of unprecedented need, Second Harvest served 732,000 people in 2009/2010 … a 152 percent increase from the last four years.

And audits show that for every dollar donated, we distribute up to $9 worth of groceries to hungry families in Central Florida.

Interestingly, our annual report – which chronicles all of the previous year’s achievements – won an honor of its own this past weekend. We’re proud to announce that our 2009/2010 report recently took home a Gold Addy award for its exceptional design at the American Advertising Federation Orlando reception.

A big thank you goes out to Costa DeVault for designing the report – and to our many community and individual supporters that made the accomplishments in it possible.

Greg Higgerson
CFRE Vice-President, Development Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida



July 12, 2011

Second Harvest Earns Charity Navigator’s Four Star Rating

Author: Dave Krepcho

Second Harvest Earns Charity Navigator's Four Star RatingGreetings!

As someone who cares about hunger in Central Florida, I wanted to share with you a bit of exciting news.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida was recently notified that our organization has been awarded the top rating of four-stars from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading evaluator of non-profit groups. According to Charity Navigator, the four-star designation is awarded to non-profits that exceed industry standards in organizational efficiency, revenue growth, administrative expenses, and other key management areas.

Approximately a quarter of the charities we evaluate have received our highest rating, indicating that Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America,” said Ken Berger, President/CEO of Charity Navigator. “This exceptional designation differentiates Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida from its peers and demonstrates to the public that it is worthy of their trust.”   Read More …

November 19, 2010

Victory Blog

Author: Karen Broussard

Victory Blog I’m pleased to announce that our trio Childhood Hunger programs received a Victory Against Hunger Award from the Congressional Hunger Center, Victory Wholesale Group and Feeding America.

We reached a record number of children through our Kids Cafe, Hi-Five, and Summer Food programs in the last year and it is always a pleasure to be recognized for our work.

A breakdown of the 3 programs:

Kids Cafes
           At 13 After School sites in 3 counties, 164,155 prepared or catered meals were served in fiscal 2009/2010. This reflects a 12% increase over the previous year. An average of 910 children were served daily.

Summer Food Program
           During 51 operational days while children in needy areas lacked access to school lunch programs, 43,188 meals were served at 17 sites in Orange County this past summer, reflecting an increase of 9% over last year. Through a grant from ConAgra we were also able to provide the children with , 15,773 take-home, shelf-stable food packs for the weekends.

Hi-Five Kids Pack Program
          31,245 shelf-stable food packs were provided to needy children at 18 elementary schools last year. These packs are designed to help bridge the nutritional gap that exists during weekends, when children lack access to school cafeterias.

The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is a bipartisan anti-hunger leadership training organization located in Washington, DC. In addition to the fellowships they offer, the CHC facilitates the national discussion of finding ways to end hunger in America.

It’s nice to be able to take a break from our workday and be honored, but there’s always more work to get back to. We continue to see more and more children enrolled in our programs and there’s much more to do. Can you help?

Brady Koch
Director of Agency Relations & Programs