September 17, 2015

How the Culinary Training Program Changed My Life

Author: Guest Blogger

Lori culinary graduatePrior to coming to the program, I was unemployed and homeless. Being out of work and not having your own place to live was hard.
The challenges I faced while in the program was not working and not having an income. At the beginning of the program, I thought that Chef Izzy was being hard on me but he was not and I overcame that hurdle by understanding where he was coming from and where I was trying to go.

My favorite part of the program was cooking international cuisine from all over the world and meeting different people from different backgrounds. What I learned from the program is that I can do anything that I set my mind to and that you can fall down but never give up trying to stand back up.

The program has changed my life because I learned to believe in myself and to have more faith in myself. I have also learned that I can defeat the stress and problems in my life. Read More …

May 28, 2015

Story of Hope and Courage: Paula

Author: Melissa Kear

Paula's story of hope and courageFor four months, 66-year old disabled widow Paula found herself with no electricity or running water in her apartment. Her $500 a month rent was past due, and with a fixed income of only $700, each month was a series of hard decisions. She had no way to get to the supermarket, and no money to buy groceries while she was there.   For most of those four months, Paula was feeling rather hopeless.

Desperate to access any sort of help that might be available, she reached out to Delia, one of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Outreach Specialists,  for assistance in filling out a SNAP food stamps benefit application.   After hearing Paula’s story and helping her complete her application, Delia provided Paula with a $50 grocery gift card to help hold her over until she could be approved for benefits.   Afterward, Delia simply couldn’t get Paula out of her mind. Read More …

April 6, 2015

Stories of Hope and Courage: Hector’s Story

Author: Maria Diestro

Hector's Story

When I met Hector, he was feeling hopeless. A vet of the Air Force, Hector worked in the civil service industry for over 25 years, until a back injury started to deteriorate his health. Known for his kind heart and eagerness to help others, Hector provided support to both his parents and siblings, until recently, when his condition worsened, and affected his ability to continue working. Read More …

December 4, 2014

You did it. Over 160,000 meals because you cared.

Author: Dave Krepcho

Thank-YouI wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for supporting our mission on the biggest giving day of the year, #GivingTuesday.

Because of your support, we received over $58,000 to help our neighbors in need in one day. This number will bring over 160,000 meals into the Central Florida community.    

Your donations are already working to provide more food to families, seniors and kids in our community.

A huge thanks goes out to PCL Construction and Wells Fargo for providing matching donations on December 2. Another special thanks goes out to WESH2 News Share Your Christmas for being our community partners on #GivingTuesday.

Once again, thank you for supporting Second Harvest Food Bank and for thinking of our neighbors in need on #GivingTuesday!

Dave Krepcho


November 13, 2014

Kids Say the Darndest Things…

Author: Sasha Hausman

7 year old AriaI am often asked to go to different businesses, organizations, companies or schools to talk about what Second Harvest Food Bank does for the community. I always love going to these speaking engagements because I get to meet so many wonderful people doing some incredible things for our neighbors.

Last week I had the pleasure of going to the Montessori of Winter Garden Charter School to speak to their students about the food bank. They had just wrapped up a food drive and I wanted to go out and say thank you in person. I spoke to the students about how other kids their age might not know where their next meal is coming from. We had a conversation on what it feels like to be hungry and we all agreed that it makes you feel sick, grumpy, angry and its hard to concentrate. The students also told me great stories on what they are planning to do to make a difference in their community. Read More …

October 24, 2014

A powerful way to help

Author: Dave Krepcho

A powerful way to help With the holidays quickly approaching, many of Second Harvest Food Bank’s 550+ partner feeding programs are working hard to get ready for what is anticipated to be another record season of demand for their services. Nearly a third of that food will land on the plates of children.

Today I write to ask you to please consider giving the gift of hope to kids in our community this fall by launching your own virtual food drive.

Join the 26+ groups and individuals that have already set up a virtual drive for our neighbors in need. Don’t forget that Second Harvest can provide up to $9 worth of food value for every dollar that is donated! Read More …