By: Christy Merritt, Dietetic Intern
October 24, 2013, marks the third annual Food Day. Food Day celebrates healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. It is also a grassroots campaign for better food policies. On this day thousands of events are happening all over the United States to educate and advocate for a healthier future. Food day strives to encourage consumption of more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, sustainably raised protein sources and less sugary drinks, high-sodium packaged foods and factory-farmed meats.
Food Day has many priorities concerning issues within the food system: Read More …August 20, 2013
The silver haired volunteers asked me to join their circle as they prayed before the Saturday morning food pantry opening. They’ve done this for years and prayed a thousand prayers. They know full well that in this rural area of Central Florida that many people are hurting financially through no fault of their own. A combination of job layoffs, down-sizing and under-employment have created a toxic mix for any kind of stable lifestyle.
The procession that came through the squeaky pantry door of 60 people that morning was a sight to behold. Each one vividly reminded me of the saying…. “There go I but for the grace of God”. Miss Deborah is an example of a person in a situation beyond her control. She suffered a traumatic back injury years ago while working manual labor and has been disabled despite what the doctors have attempted. Read More …June 23, 2013
Over the past few months, I’ve been visiting our Grocery Alliance Donors (BJ’s, Publix, Sam’s Club, Sweetbay, Target, Walmart and Winn Dixie) with a certificate of recognition and a message of thanks. Last year, these combined retail partners were able to provide 14,400,827 total meals to our neighbors in need! Often, Store Managers and Associates are in disbelief that their daily routine of preparing donations can make such a huge impact in our community.
Our partner agencies have access to a wide variety of perishable and non-perishable products that our retailers provide. Recently, while speaking with a few agencies, I asked them, “How has the Grocery Alliance Program impacted your organization?” Read More …April 25, 2013
Kayleigh is nine years old, and in the fourth grade at a Seminole County elementary school. Each day, she and her 6th grade brother participate in their school’s free breakfast and lunch programs.
Even though Kayleigh’s mother works more than 50 hours per week at two separate jobs, there is often not enough money to buy enough food for the family to have enough food on weekends. Both kids used to dread the weekend days, and also the summertime. Read More …December 27, 2012
Lavash (pronounced “luh’VOHsh”) is a Middle Eastern style flat bread that is rolled thin and baked in clay ovens; the softness of the bread depends on how thin it’s rolled. In stores, you’ll see a thicker, softer version often used for sandwiches and wraps. At the Second Harvest Community Kitchen, we roll the dough paper thin and bake in a conventional oven until nutty and crisp. With the simple ingredient list, it’s a quick and easy dough to make and bake for almost-instant homemade crackers.
Yields: approximately 24 crackers
Prep time: 10 minutes + 32 minute rest
Cook time:7 minutes
Allergy info: soy-free; contains wheat, gluten
Fancy equipment: standing mixer with dough hook, mister
The temperature is dropping and my favorite thing to eat when it’s cold is Panera Bread’s Broccoli and Cheddar soup in a bread bowl. I am so excited because now there is a chance to get all the bread bowls I want and help out Second Harvest Food Bank at the same time! In November, Panera Bread launched the Hope for the Holidays campaign to help fight food insecurity in Central Florida. In partnership with its customers, Panera will raise more than $200,000, which will directly help Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida distribute much-needed food to pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior programs and low-income daycares during this holiday season.
During the campaign, Panera customers and associates throughout Volusia, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie, Flagler, and Lake counties were invited to make donations during their checkout. These generous contributions will be matched dollar for dollar by Panera. Read More …