November 16, 2017

New Board Member Spotlight: Peg Cornwell

Author: Erika Spence

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is excited to welcome Peg Cornwell to its Board of Directors. Peg moved to Central Florida in 2015 with her husband Grant, the 15th president at Rollins College. She recalls how one first gets immediately caught up in the beautiful weather and the tremendous sense of community and pride that most people in Orlando have for their communities.

Q: How did you first get involved with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida?

I began to learn about and experience many of the challenges facing our community from research projects in which Rollins students were engaged. This included documentaries in Apopka, projects based on the service and tourism industry, and an economic impact study for Second Harvest Food Bank. These projects helped me understand how the Central Florida economy continues to evolve from being tourism-based, into one that is diversified into many sectors.

Q: Why are you passionate about ending hunger in Central Florida?

Where we moved from in Ohio, I was a volunteer at the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank and saw how local non-profits relied heavily on their support to feed those in need. While food insecurity was an issue in that community, I didn’t see it up close and personal like I have here in Orlando.   Read More …

November 10, 2017

Scouting for Food Media Day

Author: Erika Spence

Today, the Boy Scouts kicked off their annual Scouting for Food program with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Florida Hospital. The three organizations hosted a cooking demonstration to show how non-perishable foods can be used to make healthy, nutritious meals.

Chef John Dizon from Second Harvest and Cherrie Flynn, a Florida Hospital nutritionist, were on hand to talk about healthy non-perishable items, such as low sodium broths and vegetables, and offer simple recipes that two scouts were able to help prepare. Read More …

November 8, 2017

Family, Food & Community at Tokyo Soul Dinner

Author: Guest Blogger

Inspired by the Japanese Izakaya (think Gastropub or Tapas bar), Dragonfly is where locals have been coming for over 10-years to make meaningful connections with friends, family, and co-workers over sushi, robata, saké, shōchū, and spirits. Our Tokyo Soul dinner event is another extension of that concept.

Tokyo Soul was conceived by our chef de cuisine, Dequane Stobbs. The dinner event incorporates a modern interpretation of Southern Soul Food done with a Japanese twist. To give the dinner purpose, a grounding in our community, we’re excited to partner with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. To help people understand the concept, we spoke with Dequane Stobbs about the upcoming dinner. Read More …

November 6, 2017

Who Will Be the 2017 Hunger Bowl Champion? You Decide!

Author: Melissa Kear

5th Annual Hunger BowlBig Ten football fans, this one is for you. Are you ready to rumble, tumble, and help end the hunger grumble for local kids, seniors, and families?

Central Florida B1G alumni clubs have come together to compete to be this year’s Hunger Bowl Champion, and you can help decide the winner. Supporting your favorite Big Ten team means supporting your local community, and that is something to cheer about!

Your school not in the Big Ten or don’t much care about college football? You can still be a valuable player against hunger by donating to our MVP page.

Hunger Bowl ends November 24th at 11:59 pm, so get those points on the board for your favorite team, and together let’s bring much-needed hunger relief to thousands of our neighbors in need this football season! Learn more at www.feedhopenow.org/hungerbowl or by selecting your favorite team below.  Read More …

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 …

July 13, 2017

If You Build It, They Will Come!

Author: Guest Blogger

One of our newest summer feeding site partners for the Summer Food Service Program in Central Florida is the W.T. Bland Public Library located in rural Mt. Dora, FL. With a ton of fun reading programs for kids and a neat hang-out space for teens, the library is making strides in minimizing learning loss and youth hunger during the summer.

In support of the library’s efforts, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida sends a mobile trailer to serve hot meals every day. This means that the library employees complete less paperwork and save space for their reading programs. However, the limited space in the library also meant limited space for the kids to eat. Read More …