June 9, 2016

What the Bites Camera Action Program Means to our Local Vets

Author: Guest Blogger

Wendell Calloway -Veteran Peer Support for BCA 150 VeteransHi my name is Wendell Calloway and I am so proud to be a part of the Bites Camera Action(BCA)/Second Harvest Food Bank Food Distribution Program, a program funded completely by Universal Orlando.

Because I am a veteran myself I understand the challenges that some veterans go through with Food. Participating in this program builds comradely among the veterans. Many of them do not socialize, and tend to stay off to themselves in their apartments. Since participating in in this program, they now come outside and gather in a meeting spot with other veterans and they are getting to know each other, laughing, talking socializing, I feel that the food meets their physical and mental needs…it is therapeutic.

The main goal is to get food to the vets, but the program is helping to it build comradely among the veterans, encouraging positive relationships – actual “therapeutic relationships” are formed as a result of the vets getting together. Many of the veterans do not have family and the distribution program gives them a chance to get together and socialize, talk about their experiences, share resources. It becomes therapeutic and beneficial to their well-being. Read More …

June 12, 2014

Community Comes Together to Help Over 1,200 Homeless Central Floridians

Author: Melissa Kear

Community Outreach FoodOn June 6, 2014, over 1,200 Seminole County homeless received aid at the Community Outreach Resource Fair. In partnership with Second Harvest, Universal’s Bite Camera Action, and others, New Directions Community Outreach, Inc. hosted their free annual event in Casselberry, with the goal of providing local homeless residents with access to everyday services that some may take for granted.

Thanks to the support of local community organizations, some of the services provided included:  free medical care, including dental and eye glass service; access to low-income housing; employment services; family food boxes; hygiene materials, and Lynx bus passes. Our homeless neighbors also got to enjoy free food served throughout the day, music and live entertainment, and a photo-op with “Officer McGruff” of the Seminole County Sheriffs’ Office. Read More …

March 11, 2014

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

Little boy with peppersMarch is National Nutrition Month®. This year’s theme is Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right. The foods people enjoy are likely the ones they eat the most. Create healthy meals by combining taste and nutrition.

Every Wednesday we do just that with our Bites, Camera, Action! program. Universal Orlando chefs perform cooking demonstrations for middle-schoolers at four Orange County schools. In addition to a cooking demonstration, students participate in a nutrition education game, and receive a bag of food to take home to their families.

Last week, children were able to watch Chef Ed Colleran and Mayor Buddy Dyer make Turkey Veggie Mac & Cheese. Yum!

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