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 …

September 29, 2017

Thank You for Being A Hunger Hero!

Author: Brie Rios

All September long, we have asked our community to partner with us to help spread the word about Hunger Action Month. A huge thank you to everyone who’s shared a meal, volunteered their time, made a financial contribution or accepted our Go Orange and SNAP challenges! We were blown away by the response and dedication of local businesses and individuals who helped us advocate all month long.

We also want to thank our generous donor, who matched all donations up to $5,000 and the City of Orlando for proclaiming Hunger Action Month to the whole city! Even amidst one of the largest hurricanes in Florida to-date, I am pleased to say that all of our efforts have produced 27,704 meals that will go directly into feeding our own community right here in Central Florida! Amazing work, hunger heroes! Read More …

September 26, 2017

I Love a Good Challenge

Author: Erika Spence

I love a good challenge. As the new Mission Storyteller for Second Harvest Food Bank my role is to capture the work that is being done to end hunger in Central Florida and share those stories with you. That may sound simple enough, but there are so many moving parts to the food bank that it is a big job. Photos. Videos. Interviews. Blog entries. Facebook Live. Oh, and distilling reports down to just 140 characters… at least photos don’t count against me anymore – thanks, Twitter! Let’s just say I’m up to the task.

I decided one of the best ways to learn about all the facets of the food bank was to take on as many of the Hunger Action Month activities as possible. I attended a Food for Thought Tour, dined out for Taqueria Tuesday and liked, followed and tweeted about hunger. Then, I decided to take the SNAP Challenge. This decision required a little more effort. Since no man is an island, I had to convince my family to come along on this one. Read More …

September 4, 2017

My First Month As a Food Banker

Author: Kelly Quintero

As I close out my second month at Second Harvest Food Bank, I want to give you a little insight into who I am and what the first month of being a food banker has taught me.

When I interviewed with Dave Krepcho for the position of Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, he asked me what hunger meant to me.  I don’t think he was expecting my response. For me, hunger is personal. Read More …

August 31, 2017

Are You Up to the Challenge?

Author: Erika Spence

Did you know 113 million more meals a year are needed to fill the hunger gap in our community? We need your help to make that gap smaller!

Our goal is to provide 40,000 meals this September – and you can help! With your support, we can get more meals onto the tables of our neighbors struggling with food insecurity. There are many ways to get involved during Hunger Action Month this September.

Take the Share-A-Meal Challenge!

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August 31, 2017

Timing is everything

Author: Guest Blogger

If I’ve learned anything as an endurance athlete, it is that timing is everything. As a team captain for the Corporate 5k, I had the opportunity to tour Second Harvest Food Bank earlier this year. I was impressed by its low administrative costs and almost brought to tears by its mission to inspire and engage the community to end hunger. I decided that evening that this was an organization I could advocate for through my athletic pursuits.

It took some coordination, but I gained permission to use a Cannondale Hooligan Urban bike in an Ironman event. With the support of Wieland and Don King’s Concrete, I entered two endurance races in Switzerland, the Swiss Alpine Marathon and the Swiss Ironman. And I secured an experienced coach, Sean Hendryx. In addition to physical and mental training to prepare for these two back-to-back races, I also contacted Defeet socks to create a special Woolie Boolie with my official logo on it. None of these was a simple task to complete, but the convergence made a perfect combination to raise awareness and funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Read More …