August 7, 2017

The Fresh Games: Playing With Your Food Is More Than A Mess

Author: Guest Blogger

Summer Feeding volunteersIn honor of National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables month in June, Second Harvest Food Bank hosted the 1st Annual Fresh Games for our Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

With the help of 8, 12-year-old volunteers, we visited 9 summer food sites to play with our food. As a bonus to the planned activities, each site received fresh fruits and vegetables for the kids to sample. Over the course of the Fresh Games, nearly 316 kids (plus 8 volunteers) were exposed to healthy and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Each activity brought a fun, new experience for the kids at each site and for the volunteers too! Our first activity: Fruit Bingo.

Each child was given a bingo card that had various fruits and vegetables on it. To make the game more hands-on, they were given grapes as markers for their board. If you won a bingo, you got to make your own smoothie out of the following ingredients: spinach, kale, strawberries, bananas, watermelon, blueberries, blackberries, and apples. Read More …

December 16, 2015

How I Made a Difference

Author: Guest Blogger

Mitchell Spector Halloween food driveHi,

I am Mitchell Spector, I am 11 years old and my program “Trick-or-Treat Food-to-Eat” was a huge success. I got inspired when my cousin Kayla started it for the first time working with Feeding South Florida in Miami. She has been doing it for 6 years and has collected food over the years to feed over 15,000 meals.

I thought it was a great idea as a way to make a difference. So we thought about starting it up here in Orlando. It all started when I went to Second Harvest Food Bank to visit Sasha and saw all of the good work they do. I was amazed at how many volunteers come in a day to help.

That same day, we wentover to Baxter Restoration, the company who is sponsoring my event. They were also collecting cans as a company and in one meeting room you had to bring at least 5 cans just to get in to the meeting. The CEO Dave Baxter promised to donate $1 for every can we collected up to $500. Then I knew I was on a mission to collect at least 500 cans. Read More …