Welcome to the first Advocacy Update of 2018! Between the federal government shutdown and the swearing-in for our new city of Orlando commissioners, we’ve kept busy. Shutdown Impact on our Neighbors in Need Last month, we saw the federal government shutdown for three days. Congress and the Administration struck a […]

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At a ceremony last Thursday, the National Association of Counties (NACo) recognized the innovative public-private partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank and Orange County Parks and Recreation. In mid-2015, both parties began work on a long-term strategy to provide daily nutritious meals to children and youth attending twelve after school […]

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“Mmmm this is the best cheese I’ve ever had!” “Look, there’s chicken, and ham, AND cheese AND bread!!” “Oh yeah, this gets a thumbs up!… no, a double thumbs up!!” These were just some of the reactions I overheard during a Kids Cafe Focus Group I had the opportunity to […]

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When we think about the holidays, no matter what we celebrate, there is one thing everyone has in common…food. We celebrate with food, we congregate around food. Food and the holidays go hand in hand. Now picture your family holiday gathering without the food. It is a bit different, right? […]

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This September during Hunger Action Month we asked for help from our community and did you all ever pull through! We want to start off by saying THANK YOU to every single person that took part in our Skip a Meal Challenge. You skipped meals, donated your lunch money and […]

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A little over 3 years ago, Second Harvest Food Bank created a Partner Agency Council. The purpose of the Council was to have a key group of partner agencies meet monthly, and be able to think strategically about things happening in the food bank and related to the other partner agencies. Early […]

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