October 10, 2017

Charity Navigator Confirms 4-Star Rating

Author: Erika Spence

This October, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida achieved a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for the eighth year in a row! This coveted rating demonstrates Second Harvest’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

At Second Harvest, we are proud of this accomplishment because it reaffirms our values of integrity, accountability, service and stewardship.

You may recall in September, Charity Navigator also recognized Second Harvest as one of the best organizations to donate to in the wake of Hurricane Irma. In a Business Insider article, a Charity Navigator spokesperson explained that local organizations will continue to work in the community long after a disaster has occurred. Read More …

October 4, 2017

Emergency Food Box Delivery

Author: Erika Spence

Today Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida delivered emergency food boxes for families arriving from Puerto Rico to the Disaster Relief Center at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and to Latino Leadership. Working through DCF and our feeding partners, we are preparing to serve an influx of families arriving from Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

With Hurricanes Irma and Maria disaster relief in full force, the need will only continues. You can help feed kids, seniors and families by donating funds, food or volunteering. Find out how to help at www.feedhopenow.org/disaster.

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October 4, 2017

Second Harvest Prepares for Heightened Need

Author: Erika Spence

Today WFTV Channel 9 visited Second Harvest Food Bank to see first hand how we are assembling emergency food boxes and working with partners like Cake Fair to accept food donations, collect funds and identify volunteers to help with the heightened community need in the wake of recent hurricanes.

Find ways to help or where to access emergency food assistance at feedhopenow.org/disaster.

October 4, 2017

Second Harvest Food Bank Designated as Donation Collection Point for Hurricane Maria Victims

Author: Erika Spence

The Feeding America national network of food banks has designated Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as an official collection point for non-perishable food donations for Puerto Rico, where millions have been left without power, food and water in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

In addition to food donations, the Food Bank is also asking for monetary donations as it prepares to support a large expected influx of displaced citizens coming to Central Florida from Puerto Rico in the next several weeks. Read More …

September 28, 2017

Mobile Virtual Food Drive for Disaster Relief

Author: Erika Spence

In 2016 Second Harvest Food Bank upgraded its virtual food drive tool to be mobile responsive and that decision is paying dividends, most recently during Hurricane Irma.

The Ogle family in Avalon Park used the virtual food drive as a way to give back to their community following Hurricane Irma. The family counts themselves as one of the lucky few that did not endure a power outage in the wake of the storm. Siobhan notes that they lost Internet service, but that inconvenience was nothing like friends and neighbors who lost electricity, groceries and had damage to their homes.

When she and her husband, Will, heard the news of a two-day school closure after the storm, they realized parents would be at a loss for where to send their children. Will, a 5th grade teacher at Avalon Park Elementary, had the idea of running a two-day hurricane camp. He runs a similar camp in the summer, so condensing activities into two days was his way of doing his part to help after the storm. Instead of charging tuition, they would ask for donations to help the community recover.  Read More …

September 25, 2017

Holly Hill Recovers from Hurricane Irma

Author: Erika Spence

United Brethren in Christ set up a mobile food pantry at Holly Forest Estates, an adult mobile home community, after Hurricane Irma knocked power out for several days. Volunteers had some extra help distributing food thanks to City of Holly Hill Mayor John Penny and Commissioner John Danio, who stopped by to lend a hand (photo at left).

Residents initially received water, MREs and snacks. After power was restored they were also treated to fresh produce. Many residents were thrilled to receive this product due to the high cost of replacing perishable food lost during the storm and power outage. Others also faced additional costs of home repairs during the recovery effort.  Read More …