The Provision Pack Program was founded to provide nutritional assistance to low income families in the Ormond Beach area. The families in our program are living in poverty, and in some cases homeless situations. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2015, approximately 100,000 people (17.7%) of Volusia County lives […]

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At a United Way meeting the other day, as non-profit companies introduced their new programs, I heard the words over and over: “thanks to Second Harvest, we were able to…”  It is a repeated theme in the community, and a part of nearly every story.  Food is essential to life […]

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Summer of Dreams is a free, 10-week program for homeless children in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties providing much needed resources and activities while school is out. Founded by Fifth Third Bank in 2011, it addresses the needs of youngsters who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Second Harvest Food […]

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There are a lot of myths circulating about SNAP, formerly food stamps, and the people who receive benefits. This misinformation stigmatizes the entire program, but now they are being used as justification for dangerous policy changes and funding cuts that would make it harder for families struggling to get by […]

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Yesterday, Scott Pelley from CBS’ 60 Minutes program presented a follow up segment to the eye-opening “Hard Times Generation” piece that aired eight months ago. Both stories detailed the plight of homeless families with children. It is telling that when the producers of 60 Minutes selected a community to profile such families, […]

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1. Food Hardship A recently released study  showed the hardest hit markets for families not being able to afford adequate food.  The Orlando area ranked #10 in the nation for food hardship with 23.6% of the population struggling — higher than the State and national averages. 2. Childhood Hunger Orlando has a […]

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