November 9, 2017

Give A Meal – Or More!

Author: Erika Spence

Who doesn’t love to stretch a dollar? I know I’m guilty of seeking out BOGO deals and that I get excited about the promise of a free gift with purchase. Imagine what it would feel like to receive two free items for the price of one

That is exactly the kind of magic Bank of America is doing to amplify your donation and provide more meals for Central Florida families right now. Through the Give A Meal program, Bank of America is raising funds to feed people who struggle with hunger. In Central Florida, one in six people turn to Second Harvest Food Bank’s network of pantries and meal service programs annually. For every $1 donated to the program, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will give $2 more.

This 2:1 match is only available for a limited time. Read More …

October 4, 2017

Second Harvest Prepares for Heightened Need

Author: Erika Spence

Today WFTV Channel 9 visited Second Harvest Food Bank to see first hand how we are assembling emergency food boxes and working with partners like Cake Fair to accept food donations, collect funds and identify volunteers to help with the heightened community need in the wake of recent hurricanes.

Find ways to help or where to access emergency food assistance at feedhopenow.org/disaster.

October 4, 2017

Second Harvest Food Bank Designated as Donation Collection Point for Hurricane Maria Victims

Author: Erika Spence

The Feeding America national network of food banks has designated Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as an official collection point for non-perishable food donations for Puerto Rico, where millions have been left without power, food and water in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

In addition to food donations, the Food Bank is also asking for monetary donations as it prepares to support a large expected influx of displaced citizens coming to Central Florida from Puerto Rico in the next several weeks. Read More …

September 28, 2017

Mobile Virtual Food Drive for Disaster Relief

Author: Erika Spence

In 2016 Second Harvest Food Bank upgraded its virtual food drive tool to be mobile responsive and that decision is paying dividends, most recently during Hurricane Irma.

The Ogle family in Avalon Park used the virtual food drive as a way to give back to their community following Hurricane Irma. The family counts themselves as one of the lucky few that did not endure a power outage in the wake of the storm. Siobhan notes that they lost Internet service, but that inconvenience was nothing like friends and neighbors who lost electricity, groceries and had damage to their homes.

When she and her husband, Will, heard the news of a two-day school closure after the storm, they realized parents would be at a loss for where to send their children. Will, a 5th grade teacher at Avalon Park Elementary, had the idea of running a two-day hurricane camp. He runs a similar camp in the summer, so condensing activities into two days was his way of doing his part to help after the storm. Instead of charging tuition, they would ask for donations to help the community recover.  Read More …

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 …