June 27, 2017

How Lockheed Martin Inspired Their Peers to Fight Hunger This Summer

Author: Melissa Kear

Lockheed Martin Volunteers at Second Harvest Food BankSince 2014, as the school year comes towards an end, members of different local Lockheed Martin divisions have been coming together to fight hunger for kids and their families over the summer months by starting a virtual food drive.

As part of their corporate-wide, annual food drive event, Mission: Engage, Nourish, Unite (M.E.N.U.), Lockheed Martin employees all across the nation compete to fundraise for causes close to their hearts. For the past few years, the food bank has been very fortunate to be a local beneficiary to these efforts from two different Lockheed locations!

Each year, Lockheed’s Sandlake Mission and Fire Control (MFC) location splits into teams by department and competes against each other, while Lockheed’s Lake Underhill location rallies together to raise more money. Over the past few years of getting to know so many participants in both locations, it’s been fun and enlightening to watch the competition on a regional and local level, but one thing is for sure: together they have made a huge impact for local kids and their families.

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June 8, 2017

Summer Feeding Program Kicks Off

Author: Melissa Kear

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida production kitchenMonday, June 6th started the first day of the food bank’s Summer Feeding Program. This program, hitting its 10th year, works with local partners to feed kids over the summer months, a time when they lose access to the meals that school provided.

To meet the need of thousands of kids, our production kitchen team has been busy producing nearly 9,000 meals a day. These meals support 65 – 70 meal sites this summer, and help feed kids of all ages. Read More …

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!!

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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 …