July 20, 2017

Summer Food 2017 Set to Break Records!

Author: Santos Maldonado

Second Harvest summer feeding sitesOur summer food program is off to a hot start with 93 locations in six counties participating between May 30th and July 7th. In the first week alone, 25,723 breakfasts, lunches and snacks were served.

As of July 7th, the program’s 5th week and halfway point, approximately 125,000 total meals were served to an estimated 3,500 kids.

At the current rate, we will reach our goal of 200,000 meals well before the program ends on August 11th.

Our growth has been dramatic but what’s even more remarkable is the improvement in the quality of meals and the innovative delivery methods we use to cover the large geographic footprint that comprises our service area. 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 …

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 26, 2017

School Is Out and Kids Are Out of Time

Author: Guest Blogger

2017 Summer Hope for Kids Virtual Food Drive Chef John StoryLast summer, a co-worker and I were at the Holden Community Center for an event. The majority of people there were children ranging from elementary to high school. School was starting soon, and they were there with a parent to receive book bags and assorted items for the upcoming school year.

While we sat at our table, a teenaged boy, probably late middle school to high school age, passed by our table. The words that came out of his mouth were unforgettable.

“Thank you,” he said. I was taken off guard with his statement and downplayed my confusion to reply, “You’re very welcome, for…”

The teenaged boy smiled and explained that every day, the Second Harvest Meals for Good food trucks came by his neighborhood to feed him, and he really loved the food. He then thanked me again for what I did for kids like him.

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September 1, 2016

Summer Food Rocks…And Rolls!

Author: Santos Maldonado

Summer Feeding SitesOur Summer Food Program for Children has never experienced such maneuverable mobility! We accelerated our pace by serving almost 175,000 freshly prepared breakfasts, hot lunches and snacks to youngsters in underserved areas who were on school vacation. All that in a mere 46 days!

Approximately 94 different locations in 5 counties went on a healthy nutritional ride, finally dashing across the finish line on Friday, August 12. On Monday, the kids were once again able to get their free school cafeteria lunches. This program “track” results in a “seamless” nutritional experience whereby the last turn is deftly handled, putting us in full control of the wheel as we throttle up our Kids Cafe Afterschool Meal Program that runs through next June. Read More …

July 19, 2016

Why do you volunteer?

Author: Guest Blogger

Lauren ZargariI am so thankful for the wonderful volunteers here at Second Harvest, and that I get the opportunity to hear about their hearts for the hungry. So many set aside time in effort to fight hunger, and that is what makes this community so great.

I met Lauren Zargari a few weeks ago and it was her first time at the food bank. She said, “I think its important to give back to the community and help anywhere you can. It was really eye opening when I got here because I was educated on what is going on in our community and how many people are actually in need.”

Lauren helped package meals for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  She said she specifically picked that act of service because she wanted to help with feeding children.

 

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