October 5, 2017

Health & Hunger in Central Florida: A Call to Action

Author: Kelly Quintero

On September 22nd, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida presented the Community Health Needs Assessment in partnership with Florida Hospital and Orlando Health. With more than 100 attendees that included community leaders, executives and elected officials, the report revealed that food insecurity, along with access to care, is key to improving a person’s health and well-being.

Hunger is now seen as a health issue, and food is the best medicine. As such, access to adequate nutrition is now a top priority for the major health systems in Central Florida. This new focus will have a profound impact on our community. Read More …

April 15, 2017

Over 400 Individuals Helped at Senior Mobile Food Drop

Author: Erin Gray

April 2017 Second Harvest Food Bank Senior Mobile Food DropOn April 3rd the Table 60 Group, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Iglesia Bautista El Camino hosted their second Senior Mobile Food Drop in the Old Baldwin Park area.

One of Second Harvest’s Partner Agency, Iglesia Bautista “El Camino”,  generously offered to host the drop to the seniors. When the Second Harvest staff members arrived to help at the drop we were pleasantly surprised at how many volunteers Iglesia Bautista El Camino had come to help distribute food throughout the day. Read More …

January 25, 2017

Publix & Hormel Partner to make another Impactful Year with Hams For Hunger

Author: Kirsten Langan

Each year from September 1st to December 31st, Publix Super Markets, Hormel® and Cure 81® partner to donate hams to those in need through the Ham’s for Hunger program.  This year on January  10th Second Harvest Food Bank received a wonderful and much-needed donation of 500 fresh Hormel Hams.

Thanks to our network of 550 partner agencies, these hams were able to be rapidly distributed into our Central Florida community.  Publix  & Hormel also partnered up in the Gainesville area to donate 500 fresh Hormel Hams to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, extending their generous gift throughout Florida.

We cannot thank Publix Super Markets enough for this wonderful donation and their ongoing support and contributions to our Hunger Relief efforts here in Central Florida. Read More …

January 6, 2017

Over 2,000 families assisted at Annual Holiday Food Drop

Author: Stephen Currence

2016 OCPS Holiday DropOur mission at Second Harvest is to create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while multiplying the generosity of a caring community. We work with our community to erase the food gap that exists in Central Florida between families that have a need but not consistent access to food. This gap would be far worse without our partnership with the Orange County Public School (OCPS) system.

Each weekday children whose families deal with financial struggles, and the resulting food insecurity issues, receive free or reduced breakfast and lunches. In some areas in Orange County the percentage of low-income children is so high that many schools have 90% or more of their students receiving free and reduced lunch.

Second Harvest Food Bank offers several programs through our Childhood Hunger Program — which offers hot meals and nonperishable foods afterschool and over the weekends to children with food insecurity is. About eight years ago, Orange County Public Schools contacted Second Harvest to help bridge the gap that is left during the two-week school is out for winter break. Read More …

December 21, 2016

Apples for Christmas

Author: Dave Krepcho

Christmas applesThis time of year, I am reminded of the story of Cindy, a young single mother of a vivacious, red-headed six year old named Vivian. Having left an abusive situation almost two years before, Cindy was doing the best she could with the small amount she earned from her hourly-wage job. As Christmas approached, she worried that she would not have the ability to put food on the table, and contacted Second Harvest to learn whether help might be available. She sobbed on the phone as she related her struggle.

After referring Cindy to one of the Food Bank’s outstanding partner food assistance programs, the staff person who had spoken to her realized she had been deeply touched by the conversation. After leaving work, this same staff person went home and gathered some food supplies that she wanted to personally and anonymously contribute to Cindy and Vivian. Read More …

December 19, 2016

Collaboration Abounds

Author: Dave Krepcho

December 2016 Senior MarketSecond Harvest recently completed a successful “Mobile Resource Fair” in east Orange County. We did this in partnership with a group called “Table Sixty”, it includes the Winter Park Health Foundation, Catholic Charities, AARP, Seniors First, Senior Resource Alliance and UCF. The goal of the group is to address senior hunger; approximately one on five seniors are food insecure.

We could not have accomplished the fair without our gracious host, the Knights of Columbus, Council 2112. They provided the venue for the neighborhood to be invited to receive nutritious foods, a cooking demo and SNAP assistance. In total, 7,000 pounds of food was distributed by volunteers and staff. This type of mobile service worked so well that we are looking at doing more of it throughout Central Florida.

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