May 3, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Florida Orlando Mission Group

Author: Mindy Ortiz

Florida Orlando Mission group volunteersOver the past 15 months, we’ve had a new group of familiar faces around the food bank.

In 2015, we were approached by the Florida Orlando Mission group to form a partnership between the food bank and the missionaries to provide volunteer opportunities on a regular basis. Of course we said yes!

Every Wednesday since, they have sent 20-30 volunteers for our 1 pm donation shift.  Whether helping out in our warehouse to sort meats, dry goods, produce, or helping with our numerous office & special event projects, they are an AMAZING group to work with. To date, they have volunteered a total of 3,642 hours! Read More …

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 …

March 9, 2017

Health & Hunger in Central Florida

Author: Karen Broussard

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida produceWhat do a Food Bank and 20 healthcare executives in Central Florida have in common? Before December 2015, we weren’t sure there was much.  Since then, though, the answer has become very clear: we all want to stem the rising tide of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other diet-related chronic diseases that are disproportionately affecting our low-income neighbors.

The healthcare folks knew that the social determinant of food insecurity was a very real barrier to their ability to help these same patients get well and stay well.  The Food Bank knew that these were the same community members who relied on our feeding partners to supplement their food budgets. Read More …

December 1, 2016

Establishing ‘Healthy Pantries’ in West Orange County

Author: Maria Shanley

Second Harvest food bank green peppersSecond Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, in conjunction with the West Orange Health District, is launching a three-year pilot program to provide healthy food for low-income people struggling with diet-related diseases.

At select partner agencies, the Healthy Pantry network will serve district residents in communities such as Ocoee, Pine Hills, Dr. Phillips, Windermere, Winter Garden and Oakland. Patients, all referred by their healthcare providers, will receive free, three-month vouchers for fresh, nutritious food to supplement their diet and help them manage their diet-related diseases, such as diabetes. In addition, biometric screenings, personal counseling, community education and other support services will also be available. Read More …

October 3, 2016

Thank You For Taking Hunger Action this September!

Author: Maureen Mikel

thank-you-samThis September during Hunger Action Month we asked for help from our community and did you all ever pull through!

We want to start off by saying THANK YOU to every single person that took part in our Skip a Meal Challenge. You skipped meals, donated your lunch money and provided 23,612 meals to our neighbors in need! That is no small feat.

A very special thank you to our donor who generously matched every donation dollar for dollar during the Skip a Meal Challenge, and the City of Winter Park and the City of Orlando and anyone else who helped spread the word about the Challenge. Because of all of you, so many children, families, and seniors in our Central Florida community do not have to worry about where there next meal will come from. Way to go Skip a Meal Challengers! 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 …