August 7, 2017

The Fresh Games: Playing With Your Food Is More Than A Mess

Author: Guest Blogger

Summer Feeding volunteersIn honor of National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables month in June, Second Harvest Food Bank hosted the 1st Annual Fresh Games for our Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

With the help of 8, 12-year-old volunteers, we visited 9 summer food sites to play with our food. As a bonus to the planned activities, each site received fresh fruits and vegetables for the kids to sample. Over the course of the Fresh Games, nearly 316 kids (plus 8 volunteers) were exposed to healthy and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Each activity brought a fun, new experience for the kids at each site and for the volunteers too! Our first activity: Fruit Bingo.

Each child was given a bingo card that had various fruits and vegetables on it. To make the game more hands-on, they were given grapes as markers for their board. If you won a bingo, you got to make your own smoothie out of the following ingredients: spinach, kale, strawberries, bananas, watermelon, blueberries, blackberries, and apples. Read More …

September 8, 2015

2015’s Summer Food Program for Children A Huge Success

Author: Santos Maldonado

Summer Break Spots trailerStudents across the region return to school last month. The hot days of summer may slowly be becoming a distant memory, but at Second Harvest one thing will surely be remembered; and that’s the dramatic growth of our Summer Food Program and its remarkable innovation in finding ways to get healthy meals to needy children in four counties.

Front and center is our Community Kitchen and its dedicated staff, without whom the increase in children served would have not been possible. Since June 8th, thousands of nutritious meals were prepared daily, portioned, wrapped, and transported in refrigerated trucks to over 38 locations in the Central Florida area. Read More …

March 16, 2015

Apopka Boys & Girls Club Becomes Latest Addition to Kids Cafe Program

Author: Santos Maldonado

Apopka Boys & Girls Club Kids CafeThis past Wednesday, The Boys & Girls Club at Apopka’s John Bridges Center became the latest addition to our Kids Cafe Program.

The site is expected to serve approximately 100 meals per day to children enrolled at the Boys & Girls Club and the New Journey Youth Center.

The Kids Cafe After School Meal Program operates throughout the school year, providing nutritious, five-component meals to children 18 or under at eligible centers in low income, at-risk communities.

The John Bridges Center is owned and operated by Orange County Government and offers services to residents in the greater Apopka area by partnering with over 19 community groups including Seniors First, Boys and Girls Club, Orange County’s Health and Families Services, UCF’s Community Nursing Center, and Head Start.

The new childhood feeding program was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, Orange County’s Community Action Division, The Department of Health’s Bureau of Child Nutrition, and Second Harvest Food Bank. Read More …

September 4, 2014

Summer Food Program for Children Serves 90,329 Meals in 56 Days

Author: Santos Maldonado

msters2Between June 2nd and August 15th, 90,329 meals were served to children at 30 locations in 4 counties. Over 1,600 children participated daily, receiving breakfasts, lunches and snacks, during 56 days.

The Summer Program is a freshly prepared food program that helps bridge the nutritional gap during school vacation when children lack access to school cafeterias. Each of those 56 days began at 5 am when a team of contracted kitchen workers and drivers started prepping and loading lunches and snacks into vans that would embark on routes extending into the early afternoon.

Approximately 50 tons of food, valued at $180,000 was used to prepare the meals. That’s 1,750 pounds per day! Read More …

August 25, 2014

Central Florida’s Faces of Hunger 2014

Author: Greg Higgerson

Click here to download reportCentral Florida’s Faces of Hunger 2014 was conducted by Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

The study surveyed hundreds of local food assistance programs and their clients. It documents client household demographics, and the challenges that Central Florida’s food assistance clients face.  Among other things this study is the first that assesses the prevalence of food insecurity among past and active members of the U.S. Military.

One thing that is clear from the results of this study is that the face of hunger in Central Florida is probably not unfamiliar to most of us.  It includes people who have jobs, raise families, pay taxes, work toward education, and struggle with health problems.  The choices they face in order to put food on the table are daunting.  We hope that these findings help to dispel some of the myths and stereotypes that can creep into public perception of who needs help. Read More …

March 21, 2014

Hoops Against Hunger

Author: Sasha Hausman

Hoops Against HungerOur very own Orlando Magic are true legends both on and off the court! They proved that this month with Hoops for Hunger. On Wednesday, March 12th the Orlando Magic donated $5 for every ticket purchased to the game that night.

Also, they donated a meal for every point the Magic scored (112 meals!). It doesn’t end there…the Orlando Magic also graciously raffled off two court side seats for an upcoming Magic game to anyone who gave a donation that night. Thanks to all of those efforts combined, Second Harvest Food Bank will be able to provide thousands of meals to our Central Floridians in need. Read More …