October 18, 2017

How Do You Measure a Year?

Author: Erika Spence

The rock musical Rent asks, “How do you measure a year?” One year after graduating from Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Culinary Training Program, Susan Anderson measures her year in three words: Courage. Discipline. Confidence.

Anderson originally applied to the inaugural Culinary Training Program class in 2013, but delayed entry because she wasn’t ready. She hesitated to take such a big leap and change careers. Her wages stagnated, she lost her car, and then her home. She reapplied with the hope of a new beginning for her family.

“I was working in retail management and food service but my career was stalled,” recalls Anderson. “Completing this program gave me the courage to step outside my comfort zone and see the opportunities for better wages and marketable skills.” Read More …

October 9, 2017

Cake Fair Founder Inspires Culinary Students

Author: Erika Spence

Knock on doors. Take chances. Look for new experiences.

This is just some of the advice Kevin O’Reilly shared with students in Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Culinary Training Program. O’Reilly is the founder & CEO of Satin Fine Foods, Inc. and The America’s Cake Fair, which is hosting its second celebration of cake at the Orange County Convention Center later this month. He recently met with students to share his story of culinary success in hopes of inspiring future food industry employees. Read More …

November 20, 2014

I pledge to …

Author: Maria Shanley

Final Pledge E-CardThe week before Thanksgiving I’m usually bombarded by all the Black Friday deals via pretty much every form of communication that is out there. These are promptly followed on Saturday with Cyber Monday deals. Did you know that there’s actually another day to get excited about?

It’s called Giving Tuesday. And instead of getting deals you actually give back. Isn’t that cool? A whole day dedicated to just giving back.

On Tuesday, December 2, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. I’m inviting you this year to become a part of this global movement by helping to change lives in our own community. Read More …