September 6, 2017

For Some Kids, Summer is Not a Vacation.

Author: Guest Blogger

For some Central Florida kids and teens and their families, summer is not necessarily a time for vacation. Instead, this season presents several problems for low-income families, especially those who do not qualify for SNAP.

 1. Central Florida is home to 289,348 students that rely on a nutritious breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch program during the school year.[1] During the summer, families are responsible for an additional $30 in food per week per child.

2. The average cost of childcare is $173 per week per child in Central Florida – and that’s including subsidized options.[2] Summer camps can be too expensive and parents cannot afford to stay home from work. In many cases, elder children are saddled with the responsibility of caring for their younger siblings.

3. Summer means academic learning loss and playing catch-up when school resumes. Without academic engagement at home, students begin to forget and lose skills obtained during the school year.

Summer Food Service Program

Fortunately, the weight of these burdens is alleviated through programs like the Summer Break Spot, a USDA Summer Food Service Program, that empowers community organizations to partner together to diminish the impact of summertime on low-income kids, teens, and families.

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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 …

November 1, 2016

We’ve given our virtual food drive a facelift!

Author: Maria Shanley

click-to-get-startedbWe’ve recently enhanced our Hope for the Holidays virtual food drive tool to make it easier to fundraise and donate. Some highlights include: a new responsive design(able to be viewed on mobile and table devices), more messaging in the email tool, new badges to unlock and over 20 graphics to use on social media to help you fundraise.

View it here: http://www.feedhopenow.org/holiday

This holiday season, go beyond a traditional food drive! Starting a virtual food drive is easy and quick, and more important it helps increase hunger awareness, and feeds struggling families immediately in Central Florida.

Start your virtual food drive here: http://www.feedhopenow.org/holiday

The holidays can be tough enough, but even more so when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. Will you become a hunger champion for local families, kids and seniors? Even the smallest gesture is impactful for our struggling neighbors in need. Read More …

June 3, 2015

Outnumber Hunger – through January 31, 2016

Author: Maureen Mikel

Outnumber Hunger Since 2011, this campaign has helped Feeding America secure more than 35 million meals for those struggling with hunger – and you can help grow that number!

Next time you purchase a General Mills product and enter the code into www.OutnumberHunger.com, $0.50 will be donated to Feeding America! That alone will help Feeding America provide 5 meals for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Through January 31, 2016, individuals can help secure meals for their local Feeding America food banks for each General Mills product code entered at www.OutnumberHunger.com. Together we can Outnumber Hunger!

March 16, 2015

Apopka Boys & Girls Club Becomes Latest Addition to Kids Cafe Program

Author: Santos Maldonado

Apopka Boys & Girls Club Kids CafeThis past Wednesday, The Boys & Girls Club at Apopka’s John Bridges Center became the latest addition to our Kids Cafe Program.

The site is expected to serve approximately 100 meals per day to children enrolled at the Boys & Girls Club and the New Journey Youth Center.

The Kids Cafe After School Meal Program operates throughout the school year, providing nutritious, five-component meals to children 18 or under at eligible centers in low income, at-risk communities.

The John Bridges Center is owned and operated by Orange County Government and offers services to residents in the greater Apopka area by partnering with over 19 community groups including Seniors First, Boys and Girls Club, Orange County’s Health and Families Services, UCF’s Community Nursing Center, and Head Start.

The new childhood feeding program was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, Orange County’s Community Action Division, The Department of Health’s Bureau of Child Nutrition, and Second Harvest Food Bank. Read More …

February 19, 2015

Preparing for Summer Food Services for Local Children

Author: Santos Maldonado

Summer Feeding SitesWith the recent unseasonably cold temperatures in Central Florida, it’s hard to imagine that summer vacation for county students is a mere 66 school days away.

Second Harvest Food Bank will seamlessly transition from its Kids Cafe Afternoon Meal Program (AMP) to The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

This USDA funded program allows us to provide free, nutritious, prepared meals to children ages 18 and under while school cafeterias are closed. Read More …