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 Diestro

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:

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:

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, $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 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 …

January 21, 2015

Walmart Sparks Change at 4 Kids Cafes

Author: Santos Maldonado

Local Kids Cafes receive new equipment from recent Walmart grantThanks to your Facebook “likes”, Second Harvest Food Bank was among the winners of the Walmart Sparks Change grant. This grant helps food banks secure the food, equipment, and support needed to serve the 49 million Americans that according to the USDA, may not know where their next meal will come from at some point this year.

Your daily votes helped us win $60,000, the equivalent of 315,000 additional meals that will find their way into our community.

As part of our focus on, and commitment to childhood hunger, a significant part of the dollars were used to purchase new equipment for 4 of our 13 Kids Cafes. Read More …