May 18, 2017

Thank You For Stamping Out Hunger!

Author: Melissa Kear

25th Annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central FloridaOn Saturday, May 13th, tens of thousands of pounds of donated food, all across Central Florida, made its from your mailboxes to local post offices, all to help stamp out hunger for local kids, families, and seniors! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 25th Annal Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Whether you donated food, were one of the amazing, hard working letter carriers who delivered bags and postcards and filled your trucks with donations to be delivered, or a volunteer who helped to unload those trucks and sort through donations, Second Harvest, our Central Florida feeding partners, and thousands of our neighbors in need thank you.

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April 27, 2017

Wine Women & Shoes: A Huge Success!

Author: Maureen Mikel

WWS committee photoAt Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, we believe compassion is always in fashion, and was that ever the case at the 7th Annual Wine Women and Shoes Orlando! On Saturday, April 22nd 2017 over 400 friends of the food bank joined together at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes to sip wine, shop, and show off fabulous shoes – all for the greater cause of supporting our neighbors in need!

A very special “Thank You” to Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies for joining us again for the 3rd year in a row as Wine Women and Shoes Orlando’s Presenting Partner! With the help of Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, all of our generous Sponsors, the WW&S Orlando Chair and Committee, Marketplace vendors, Sole Men, and fabulous guests, over $290,000 was raised! That’s over 1 million meals that are able to be provided to the 1 in 6 Central Floridians that are in need of food assistance. So incredible!!

In case you weren’t able to attend, below are some of our favorite highlights from the event! Read More …

April 17, 2017

Why I Believe In Summer Hope for Kids

Author: Melissa Kear

Growing up as a kid who lived in a food insecure household, I wasn’t nearly as excited for summer as most of my classmates. Sure, school was out, which meant not having to wake up early to catch the bus, spend my days doing homework, or sitting in a classroom instead of being outside, but it also meant no more school meals. When you live in a working-poor family, who is struggling to make ends meet and has to constantly make tough decisions, having enough food in the fridge is a constant worry and stress.

My story is a small example of the one in four kids who struggle in Central Florida with hunger. As an adult, I understand the importance first hand of summer feeding programs, and my own experiences are a huge driving force in my daily work. Every year more feeding sites are popping up all over Central Florida, working to reach low-income areas and food deserts to make nutritious meals accessible for local kids. 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 …

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 …

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 …