June 27, 2017

How Lockheed Martin Inspired Their Peers to Fight Hunger This Summer

Author: Melissa Kear

Lockheed Martin Volunteers at Second Harvest Food BankSince 2014, as the school year comes towards an end, members of different local Lockheed Martin divisions have been coming together to fight hunger for kids and their families over the summer months by starting a virtual food drive.

As part of their corporate-wide, annual food drive event, Mission: Engage, Nourish, Unite (M.E.N.U.), Lockheed Martin employees all across the nation compete to fundraise for causes close to their hearts. For the past few years, the food bank has been very fortunate to be a local beneficiary to these efforts from two different Lockheed locations!

Each year, Lockheed’s Sandlake Mission and Fire Control (MFC) location splits into teams by department and competes against each other, while Lockheed’s Lake Underhill location rallies together to raise more money. Over the past few years of getting to know so many participants in both locations, it’s been fun and enlightening to watch the competition on a regional and local level, but one thing is for sure: together they have made a huge impact for local kids and their families.

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December 28, 2016

Rollins Feeds the Need

Author: Sasha Hausman

Rollins Feed the NeedWhat once was a small food drive started by Rollins College’s Greek life has now transformed into an incredible fundraiser to help feed our neighbors in need. Rollins College and Sodexo led the charge to feed Central Florida by continuing to support their Rollins Feed the Campaign.

Throughout the month of November, students, faculty, and staff worked hard to spread the word that 1 in 4 kids in our community rely on some sort of food benefit. The campaign brought in close to $10,000 which will be able to provide $90,000 worth of groceries!

Thank you to the teams at Rollins and Sodexo who got creative to raise these funds. Cookie sales, iPad raffles, chef showdowns and soup kitchen lunches…they really put their all to make sure more of our neighbors will have access to nutritious food over the holidays. Read More …

January 7, 2015

Defeat Hunger Bowl

Author: Maureen Mikel

Walmart Defeat Hunger BowlAs the 2014-2015 football season is cooling down, things are just heating up for a new bowl game, and it’s the first of it’s kind for Central Florida! Although this is the first year Central Florida has been graced with the Defeat Hunger Bowl, it’s actually the third year for this successful national food and funds drive. Defeat Hunger Bowl looks to “defeat hunger” by teaming up with football stars for a month-long food drive at local Walmart stores. Central Floridians are encouraged to visit their local Walmart store during the month of January and “play” in the bowl game by donating non-perishable food items in the Defeat Hunger donation bins.

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Glennon will lead the Defeat Hunger Bowl Kick-Off on Thursday, January 8th with an appearance and autograph signing at the Walmart at 3101 W. Princeton St. at 2:00 PM! The event is completely free, although bringing a non-perishable food item is encouraged. Come out and help us defeat hunger, all while meeting a sports star! Read More …

December 12, 2013

Feed the Need raises over $96,000 for our neighbors in need

Author: Sasha Hausman

Feed the Need Winter Park Check PresentationOn behalf of all our neighbors in need, we are so grateful to everyone who participated in Winter Park’s Feed the Need Campaign. We watched this event grow from a food drive at Rollins College to a huge, community-wide fundraising effort and we are so proud of everyone involved.

Last week we were finally able to reveal how much the campaign raised. Community leaders, business owners, and Winter Park residents met at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce to celebrate a successful campaign…and boy, did they have a lot to celebrate. Not only did they meet their goal of $50,000 but they almost doubled it by raising $96,261.81 to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

In food bank math, that donation will allow us to provide $866,359.26 in food value to our Central Florida community. How incredible is that?

We cannot say thank you enough to all of the committee members, sponsors, community champions, and supporters who made this campaign a true success: Read More …

October 31, 2013

Chick-fil-A’s 7th Annual Turkey Drive

Author: Jen Landress

CSC_0392Their mascot may be a cow, but Chick-fil-A of Southchase Plaza has been making a huge difference with turkeys for the past six years! Chick-fil-A of Southchase Plaza is gearing up for their 7th annual Turkey Drive November 9th-23rd. Over the past six years they have donated over 1,000 turkeys to Second Harvest Food Bank! Each year they collect financial donations in their restaurant and from other community partners to purchase turkeys which are donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. This year they have enlisted the support of three other Chick-fil-A locations! To support their campaign by making a financial donation please visit one of the restaurants located at: Read More …