April 13, 2017

An Inspirational Weekend of Changing Lives

Author: Guest Blogger

He Got Up! 2017On Sunday, April 9th, Second Harvest had the opportunity to participate at the 2nd Annual He Got Up! event, sponsored by the Orlando Serve Foundation, at Camping World Stadium. He Got Up! Was started to bring together already existing aid groups, into one location, and serve the homeless, families, and individuals in need.

Hosting a table at the Job Opportunities/Education area, so many, young and old, came by our table to hear about our Culinary and Distribution Training Programs, and receive some healthy snacks. We had some great conversations with individuals in need, but were also able to talk with vendors around us about our free training programs.

People didn’t realize that Second Harvest was involved in so many different ways to help our community! Read More …

November 1, 2016

We’ve given our virtual food drive a facelift!

Author: Maria Diestro

click-to-get-startedbWe’ve recently enhanced our Hope for the Holidays virtual food drive tool to make it easier to fundraise and donate. Some highlights include: a new responsive design(able to be viewed on mobile and table devices), more messaging in the email tool, new badges to unlock and over 20 graphics to use on social media to help you fundraise.

View it here: http://www.feedhopenow.org/holiday

This holiday season, go beyond a traditional food drive! Starting a virtual food drive is easy and quick, and more important it helps increase hunger awareness, and feeds struggling families immediately in Central Florida.

Start your virtual food drive here: http://www.feedhopenow.org/holiday

The holidays can be tough enough, but even more so when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. Will you become a hunger champion for local families, kids and seniors? Even the smallest gesture is impactful for our struggling neighbors in need. Read More …

June 10, 2016

Central Florida Raises 218,281 Pounds of Food During Letter Carriers Food Drive

Author: Melissa Kear

2016 Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food DriveOn the second Saturday of every May, for the past 24 years letter carriers all across the nation have been picking up bags of canned and nonperishable goods set out at the mailboxes of compassionate, giving people . This year was no different, and the Central Florida community came together in a big way for the Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!

Saturday, May 14th, Central Florida letter carriers went mailbox to mailbox to collect donations and bring their loaded trucks back to awaiting volunteers. Volunteers and letter carriers worked together to empty out trucks and sort through all kinds of donated product, so that it could be ready to go back to the food bank and distributed out into the community. Read More …

June 10, 2016

Local 5th Grader Paints Picture of Childhood Hunger

Author: Sasha Hausman

Hunger heroes come in all ages. Meet Aubrey Anthony, 5th grader at Eagle Creek Elementary. Aubrey prepared a moving speech for her School Oration Contest on Hunger in America.

She did such an amazing job educating her peers on hunger here in Central Florida that she made it all the way to Regional! She even came to share her award winning speech to the Second Harvest Food Bank staff where she received a standing ovation. She was even nice enough to let us share it with all of you…

Please help us in thanking and congratulating Aubrey in all her successes. The future is bright for her…look out, Dave Krepcho! Aubrey could have your job in no time.

Check out her video below, and be sure to share the love. Great job, Aubrey!
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January 26, 2016

Seniors Struggle to Find Nutritious Food

Author: Santos Maldonado

Senior food insecurityHere in Central Florida, and throughout the nation, millions of seniors find it challenging to consistently finenutritious food.

Although our nation produces a rich cornucopia of food and agricultural products valued at an estimated $400 billion annually, 30% to 40% of that food supply, an estimated $162 million, is discarded while millions of American seniors wonder where their next healthy meal will come from.

Nationally, the “food insecure” population among those 50 years of age or over has doubled since 2001 to roughly 10 million.

Florida is ranked 8th in agricultural exports and 12th in number of farms and beef cows, but paradoxically, over 700,000 or 1 in 7 seniors in our state must choose between healthy food and rent or medication.

Moreover, as baby boomers age, the number of food insecure seniors is expected to increase by 50%, further exacerbating an already serious problem. Read More …

November 5, 2015

Local Nursery Provides Hope to Working Poor Families

Author: Jen Landress

Winter Park Day NurseryFor us at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida hunger isn’t about the numbers or even the food; it’s about the individual people struggling with hunger right here in our backyard. It’s about their stories and the people who step up and become a symbol of hope. Feed the Need Winter Park is that symbol of hope in our community.

As you consider becoming involved with this campaign I’d love to share with you an example of one of Second Harvest Food Bank’s feeding partners that is located right in Winter Park. Winter Park Day Nursery has been a staple in the community for the past 75 years. It provides a high quality of early childhood education to children ages 2-5 years old. The school serves 70 children at capacity and has such a wonderful reputation that the waiting list usually has a 6 month waiting period.

One of the special things about this school is their commitment to better the lives of not only their children but the entire families that are part of the school. About 75% of their families live at the poverty level. These families are considering the “working poor” with many of the parents working two jobs or attending school but still struggling to meet their family’s basic needs. Read More …