October 9, 2017

Help Second Harvest Outrun Hunger!

Author: Brie Rios

Calling all runners! We need your help!

We are pleased to announce that RunDisney has named Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as the celebratory charity for this year’s Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend presented by MISFIT™. We’re looking for runners for the 5K, 10K and the Half Marathon races happening November 3-5, 2017. Your entry in the race will be FREE, but we ask that you raise at least $500 to support our local kids, families and seniors in need. Read More …

February 26, 2015

The Impact of Volunteers

Author: Judy Odom

Second Harvest Food Bank volunteer groupDid you know volunteers play a huge role in everything we do at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida?  In 2014, over 21,000 volunteers (67,000+ hours) assisted our warehouse staff in sorting and repackaging food for distribution, fundraising events, food shows, administrative work, and more.  What kind of difference did that make? That saved over $1,500,000 for the food bank, allowing us to feed more people in Central Florida!

When we built our new facility in 2013, we wanted to get the community more involved in our visionInspiring and engaging our community to end hunger.  Disney stepped up to the challenge by offering their Imagineers’ creative talent to enhance the walls of our volunteer space and surrounding areas of our warehouse.  The end result is an appealing and creative space that volunteers can come together, have fun, and do something great for our community.   Recently, a Disney artist from their Imagineering team returned and added “Hidden Mickeys” to their artwork – a scavenger hunt of sorts for our visitors. Read More …

September 5, 2014

Culinary Training Students Join Disney Executive Chefs for Mock Interviews

Author: Idalia Nunez

Class 5 students at California GrillLast Thursday Walt Disney World hosted our culinary students at the Disney Contemporary Convention Services Center for mock interviews with the Disney Executive Chef team. From the moment we arrived at the Disney Contemporary Convention Services Center we were treated like royalty.

Chef Robert Gilbert welcomed us and introduced the team of Disney Executive Chefs. There was over 175 years of combined experience in the room. The Executive Chefs were paired with students for interviews. This gave the students the opportunity to meet one on one with the Chefs and glean from the Chefs’ vast fountain of knowledge and expertise. Second Harvest is truly honored to have our culinary training students experience this unique and rare opportunity. Read More …

December 19, 2013

A vision becomes reality

Author: Dave Krepcho

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central FloridaWe can look with hope to the future because of the phenomenal year we just experienced. However, our work is bitter sweet because while we succeeded in distributing more food than ever before, the mere fact that we need to do so is a reflection of the plight of thousands of our neighbors.

Incredible opportunities existed this past year and we were able to see so much come to fruition. The single biggest accomplishment was the completion of the new Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Hunger Relief Center. This 100,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art center in Orlando was finished on time and on budget.

Morgan & Morgan provided the leadership to make this project a reality as our lead investor in the community. The facility is having a positive impact as well in all six Counties we serve because our capacity to provide more food has greatly increased. Read More …

September 23, 2013

Cooking up a better way of life

Author: Dawn Viola

Our first graduating culinary training classOne of the added values our Second Harvest Culinary Training Program offers is job placement assistance for our students after graduation. But we don’t focus on just any job. Instead, we train our students in such a way that they qualify for something better. When they leave Second Harvest, they leave with a better frame of mind, a better skill set, and qualify for a better salary, and a better way of life.

We partner with dozens of businesses and organizations within Central Florida who commit to paying their culinary staff an above-minimum wage rate. And when they’re hiring, we connect those businesses with our ready and able students. Read More …

November 13, 2012

Disney Inspiration!

Author: Dave Krepcho

On Tuesday, November 13 I had the pleasure to tour our future new facility with the Disney Imagineer Team. We’re on schedule to complete construction at the end of December for our move in January.

Disney has once again gone the extra mile beyond their philanthropic support and have added the Imagineers’ creative talent to enhance the Volunteer space and surrounding areas.

They will transform what would be an ordinary warehouse environment into a virtual garden being tended by various Disney characters. It is certain to provide added inspiration t Read More …