October 5, 2017

Health & Hunger in Central Florida: A Call to Action

Author: Kelly Quintero

On September 22nd, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida presented the Community Health Needs Assessment in partnership with Florida Hospital and Orlando Health. With more than 100 attendees that included community leaders, executives and elected officials, the report revealed that food insecurity, along with access to care, is key to improving a person’s health and well-being.

Hunger is now seen as a health issue, and food is the best medicine. As such, access to adequate nutrition is now a top priority for the major health systems in Central Florida. This new focus will have a profound impact on our community. Read More …

February 17, 2017

A Spotlight on Senior Hunger

Author: Melissa Kear

This year in Orange County alone, nearly 15,000 seniors face food insecurity. As “baby boomers” move into retirement, these numbers could easily increase. From a population that has helped shape so much advancement and innovation in our day-to-day life, that are grandparents, veterans, teachers, and caregivers, it is heartbreaking to know that there are so many who have to worry about having enough to eat.

An estimated 12% of the senior population in Orange County is thought to struggle with food insecurity, and while it sounds like a low number, it is important to note the effects of hunger on seniors is exponentially more devastating than other age groups. Read More …

January 26, 2016

Seniors Struggle to Find Nutritious Food

Author: Santos Maldonado

Senior food insecurityHere in Central Florida, and throughout the nation, millions of seniors find it challenging to consistently finenutritious food.

Although our nation produces a rich cornucopia of food and agricultural products valued at an estimated $400 billion annually, 30% to 40% of that food supply, an estimated $162 million, is discarded while millions of American seniors wonder where their next healthy meal will come from.

Nationally, the “food insecure” population among those 50 years of age or over has doubled since 2001 to roughly 10 million.

Florida is ranked 8th in agricultural exports and 12th in number of farms and beef cows, but paradoxically, over 700,000 or 1 in 7 seniors in our state must choose between healthy food and rent or medication.

Moreover, as baby boomers age, the number of food insecure seniors is expected to increase by 50%, further exacerbating an already serious problem. Read More …

March 16, 2015

Apopka Boys & Girls Club Becomes Latest Addition to Kids Cafe Program

Author: Santos Maldonado

Apopka Boys & Girls Club Kids CafeThis past Wednesday, The Boys & Girls Club at Apopka’s John Bridges Center became the latest addition to our Kids Cafe Program.

The site is expected to serve approximately 100 meals per day to children enrolled at the Boys & Girls Club and the New Journey Youth Center.

The Kids Cafe After School Meal Program operates throughout the school year, providing nutritious, five-component meals to children 18 or under at eligible centers in low income, at-risk communities.

The John Bridges Center is owned and operated by Orange County Government and offers services to residents in the greater Apopka area by partnering with over 19 community groups including Seniors First, Boys and Girls Club, Orange County’s Health and Families Services, UCF’s Community Nursing Center, and Head Start.

The new childhood feeding program was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, Orange County’s Community Action Division, The Department of Health’s Bureau of Child Nutrition, and Second Harvest Food Bank. Read More …