March 10, 2017

Puddin’ and the Grumble Blog

Author: Sasha Hausman

Puddin' and the Grumble FloridaNeed a fun Spring Break outing idea? We have the perfect thing for you and your kids! A beautiful play called Puddin’ and the Grumble is coming to Second Harvest Food Bank on Wednesday, March 22nd at 10 am. This is a free event and great for kids in grades 3 – 5. Come join us!

Puddin’ has a secret and if she doesn’t do something fast, it may just eat her alive! To make matters worse, her mom is sending her away, she has to start a new school, and soon she’ll be stuck living with her crazy, ex-lounge singing, yoga-loving grandma. Can things get any worse? Or maybe, just maybe, they’re about to get better…

Puddin’ and the Grumble fearlessly tackles childhood hunger and is perfect for all audiences. Read More …

September 14, 2016

A Successful 27th Year at Orlando’s Taste of the Nation

Author: Melissa Kear

thank-you-2016On August 27th, 2016, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry celebrated it’s 27th year by raising a whopping $279,487 to help ensure children struggling with hunger in our city and across America are connected to the meals they need this coming year – but they didn’t do it alone.

Forty-four of the area’s most distinguished chefs along with nearly two dozen craft brewers, wine purveyors and spirit vendors came together that night at the Orlando World Center Marriott  to serve sips and samples to a record attendance of more than 3,000 guests.

One of the region’s longestrunning food and beverage fundraising events, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is a volunteer-driven event organized each year by an all-volunteer steering committee representing a variety of local businesses and organizations, supported by more than 300 day-of event volunteers, and made possible by the in-kind support of a variety of local business partners. Read More …

September 1, 2016

Summer Food Rocks…And Rolls!

Author: Santos Maldonado

Summer Feeding SitesOur Summer Food Program for Children has never experienced such maneuverable mobility! We accelerated our pace by serving almost 175,000 freshly prepared breakfasts, hot lunches and snacks to youngsters in underserved areas who were on school vacation. All that in a mere 46 days!

Approximately 94 different locations in 5 counties went on a healthy nutritional ride, finally dashing across the finish line on Friday, August 12. On Monday, the kids were once again able to get their free school cafeteria lunches. This program “track” results in a “seamless” nutritional experience whereby the last turn is deftly handled, putting us in full control of the wheel as we throttle up our Kids Cafe Afterschool Meal Program that runs through next June. Read More …

July 21, 2016

My Virtual Food Drive Experience

Author: Melissa Kear

vfdOver the past four years, I have had the chance to meet and get to know some pretty great people through our Virtual Food Drive. For them, this tool is an easy and interactive way to raise money toward ending hunger in their community, provides a great representation of how far their monetary donations can really go, and fun to use.

At Second Harvest Food Bank, we are able to turn any $1 donation into $9 in grocery value. The food bank’s incredibly efficient distribution model gives every dollar donated exponentially more power over what you could buy in a store, giving even the smallest donation an impact on hunger. The virtual food drive shopping cart helps provide an illustrative representation of this. For example, a $7 donation has the potential to provide 288 tomatoes, or a $12 donation to provide 45 pounds of cheese!  Read More …

July 19, 2016

Why do you volunteer?

Author: Guest Blogger

Lauren ZargariI am so thankful for the wonderful volunteers here at Second Harvest, and that I get the opportunity to hear about their hearts for the hungry. So many set aside time in effort to fight hunger, and that is what makes this community so great.

I met Lauren Zargari a few weeks ago and it was her first time at the food bank. She said, “I think its important to give back to the community and help anywhere you can. It was really eye opening when I got here because I was educated on what is going on in our community and how many people are actually in need.”

Lauren helped package meals for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  She said she specifically picked that act of service because she wanted to help with feeding children.

 

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June 13, 2016

Summer Food Program Kicks Off

Author: Santos Maldonado

Central Florida Summer Feeding Program Across Central Florida, students eagerly look forward to summer vacation, but for many children from low income families, summertime means losing access to school cafeterias and the nutritious well-balanced meals they regularly receive.

During summer, many struggling families have to spend more money on food and make tougher household budgetary decisions.

The Summer Food Program is designed to help children and families by providing a seamless nutritional continuum bridging the seasonal gap in the National School Lunch Program.

For the eight consecutive year, Second Harvest Food Bank will seamlessly transition from its Kids Cafe Afternoon Meal Program (AMP) to The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

The summer program allows us to provide free, nutritious, prepared meals to children ages 18 and under while school cafeterias are closed. Read More …