For 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
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
I 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!
November 13, 2014
I 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
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 …February 4, 2014
Seventy youth volunteered to live out the value of service. What was extra special about the group is that it was an inter-faith service project. Students from the Jewish Academy, Leader’s Prep and the Geneva School all pitched in enthusiastically to sort food for Second Harvest.
In a time when a lot of news focuses on division, this activity shines a bright light on what we have in common and working side-by-side. What is particularly refreshing about this group is that they showed that all major faiths have something in common, that we need to help less fortunate people. What a great example to the greater community, the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths making a difference together. The faith community has been helping the poor for centuries, this youth group gives us all hope that the fine tradition will continue far into the future. Read More …