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 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 …

January 24, 2017

WWS Silent Auction: How to help.

Author: Maureen Mikel

January 21, 2017

Saying Goodbye to a Food Bank Friend

Author: Erin Gray

Walt WillisWe wanted to share a little bit about a dear Food Bank friend of ours who sadly passed away recently.

When we think of a person who works with and helps the senior population in Central Florida, we instantly would think of Walt Willis.  Our seniors are one of the most vulnerable and growing populations in our country, and Walt was a man who devoted most of his life to helping them.

Throughout the years, Walt has been recognized for his service with seniors, including Volunteer of the Year with the City of Orlando and Every Day Heroes on Channel 13. At Second Harvest Food Bank we could always count on Walt to join any committee, council or subgroup that we had. Walt’s devotion to senior hunger was beyond commendable.   Read More …

October 31, 2016

Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Expo Donate 258,815 lbs of Food

Author: Bill Collins

PMA Food Show 2016On October 14th, the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) held their annual Fresh Summit Expo at the Orange County Convention Center. At the end,  they donated 258,815 pounds of fresh, top-of-the-line produce to the food bank. That is over 6 full tractor trailer loads of rescued food, that quickly went out the doors to our feeding partners and into the delighted hands of our Central Florida neighbors in need.

“The Produce Marketing Association donation represents the single largest donation of fresh fruits and vegetables our food bank has ever received at one time,” says Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “It’s not only the massive amount of the donation, but the highly nutritious nature of the products that are the real payoff for our families in need.” Read More …