October 17, 2017

A Focus on Healthy Pantries

Author: Guest Blogger

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has been working hard to contribute to the Central Florida community’s health and wellness. Because food insecurity is one of the leading factors contributing to chronic disease and illness among people who are low income and living in poverty, Second Harvest created the Healthy Pantry Network Coordinator position through a West Orange Healthcare District grant.  While the focus of the grant is on feeding partners within the footprint of the West Orange Health District, all of our agency partners are able and encouraged to contact me for information and guidance to improve the health status of their pantry.

Already St. Andrews Catholic Church has been working closely with me to implement as many health upgrades to their pantry as possible. They’ve been extremely receptive and interested in the nutrition information for their client’s food bags and we’ve been able to communicate about healthier foods for their homeless population too. In addition, they invited UF/IFAS Extension’s Family and Nutrition Program to come out to a food distribution event to provide nutrition education to their clients.

I look forward to being a resource for our partners on health and wellness initiatives.

– Rachel Stankiewitch

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 …

March 20, 2017

#MeatlessMonday Recipe: Reunion Salad

Author: Melissa Kear

This week’s National Nutritional Month #MeatlessMonday recipe is perfect for the first day of spring! One of our most popular recipes, this dish uses fresh vegetables, black-eyed peas, and a light sauce to make a refreshing, tasty salad that can be easily customized with other great flavors.

Check out the recipe below, or download your own printable copy here.

Second Harvest #MeatlessMonday Reunion Salad recipe

March 13, 2017

#MeatlessMonday Recipe: Asian Slaw

Author: Melissa Kear

We’ve hit week 2 of National Nutrition Month, and the Nutrition Team over at Second Harvest are back with another great Meatless Monday recipe.

Whether you have it as a side or as a full dish, this Asian Slaw recipe is both delicious and nutritious. This recipe has a lot of great crunch and flavor, and is a perfect next-day-meal that can be tossed with your favorite protein.

Check it out below, or download and print your own copy here.

Second Harvest Nutrition Team Meatless Monday Asian Slaw Recipe

March 9, 2017

Health & Hunger in Central Florida

Author: Karen Broussard

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida produceWhat do a Food Bank and 20 healthcare executives in Central Florida have in common? Before December 2015, we weren’t sure there was much.  Since then, though, the answer has become very clear: we all want to stem the rising tide of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other diet-related chronic diseases that are disproportionately affecting our low-income neighbors.

The healthcare folks knew that the social determinant of food insecurity was a very real barrier to their ability to help these same patients get well and stay well.  The Food Bank knew that these were the same community members who relied on our feeding partners to supplement their food budgets. Read More …

March 11, 2016

Pediatric Interns Work with Food Bank to Narrow Nutritional Gap Among Food Insecure Kids

Author: Santos Maldonado

2016 Orlando Health’s Arnold Palmer Hospital internsAt Second Harvest, we are keenly aware of the link between health and hunger, especially among children. As part of our ongoing effort to collaborate with community partners, pediatric interns from Orlando Health’s Arnold Palmer Hospital have been visiting one of our 19Kids Cafe” Children’s Afterschool Feeding locations for the last two years. The goal is to learn more about the communities where asset limited, low-income and resource poor families live. The twice monthly visits help interns glean valuable insight into the circumstances that may lead to health problems among the young.

Dr. Kristy Wesinghan, from Orlando Health, describes it this way: Read More …