June 27, 2017

How Lockheed Martin Inspired Their Peers to Fight Hunger This Summer

Author: Melissa Kear

Lockheed Martin Volunteers at Second Harvest Food BankSince 2014, as the school year comes towards an end, members of different local Lockheed Martin divisions have been coming together to fight hunger for kids and their families over the summer months by starting a virtual food drive.

As part of their corporate-wide, annual food drive event, Mission: Engage, Nourish, Unite (M.E.N.U.), Lockheed Martin employees all across the nation compete to fundraise for causes close to their hearts. For the past few years, the food bank has been very fortunate to be a local beneficiary to these efforts from two different Lockheed locations!

Each year, Lockheed’s Sandlake Mission and Fire Control (MFC) location splits into teams by department and competes against each other, while Lockheed’s Lake Underhill location rallies together to raise more money. Over the past few years of getting to know so many participants in both locations, it’s been fun and enlightening to watch the competition on a regional and local level, but one thing is for sure: together they have made a huge impact for local kids and their families.

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March 10, 2017

Puddin’ and the Grumble Blog

Author: Sasha Hausman

Puddin' and the Grumble FloridaNeed a fun Spring Break outing idea? We have the perfect thing for you and your kids! A beautiful play called Puddin’ and the Grumble is coming to Second Harvest Food Bank on Wednesday, March 22nd at 10 am. This is a free event and great for kids in grades 3 – 5. Come join us!

Puddin’ has a secret and if she doesn’t do something fast, it may just eat her alive! To make matters worse, her mom is sending her away, she has to start a new school, and soon she’ll be stuck living with her crazy, ex-lounge singing, yoga-loving grandma. Can things get any worse? Or maybe, just maybe, they’re about to get better…

Puddin’ and the Grumble fearlessly tackles childhood hunger and is perfect for all audiences. Read More …

November 25, 2015

Kids Katch Tuna for Kids

Author: Santos Maldonado

Cypress Creek ElementaryOn Tuesday, November 17th, elementary school kids at Cypress Creek Elementary School tallied up over 1,000 cans of tuna they’d been collecting for Second Harvest Food Bank. The cans will find their way to Kids Cafes just before Thanksgiving; helping close the nutritional gap that exists in our neediest communities.

The motivating force behind this yearly project is awareness raising among 4th and 5th graders who are members of the Kiwanis K-Club. One in four of their counterparts across Central Florida struggles with food insecurity.  Standardized testing and heightened expectations for academic achievement have placed more demands on young students, making nutrition even more essential for success. Read More …

November 3, 2015

Feed the Need Kicks Off

Author: Maureen Mikel

Feed the Need 2015 Kick OffThe heat was on at the 2015 Feed the Need Kick-Off as representatives from the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Winter Park Fire Department, and Rollins College duked it out in a fierce can-stacking competition to see who could build the highest tower of cans – each representing the amount of food and funds raised for our neighbors in need during Winter Park’s Feed the Need Campaign.

Winter Park’s Feed the Need Campaign has raised over $100,000 each year since it’s start in 2013, and the Winter Park Community believes they can surpass that goal once again during the 2015 campaign. In addition to the exciting can-stacking competition, the community of Winter Park gathered at Winter Park City Hall Monday morning, November 2nd, 2015 for the official kick-off and to hear why exactly Winter Park chooses Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as their beneficiary for the Feed the Need campaign. Read More …

June 10, 2014

Second Harvest’s Summer Food Program Expands into Brevard County

Author: Santos Maldonado

Summer Food Service in Brevard CountyAfter six years of sponsoring summer feeding sites in Seminole, Orange and Osceola, Second Harvest Food Bank has expanded into neighboring Brevard County.

In the first week alone, almost 1,000 meals were served at four locations in Melbourne. The outcome of the pilot program, which runs from June 2nd through August 15th , will be used to evaluate the feasibility of further expansion. In addition to Second Harvest’s sites, Brevard County’s School District will serve food at 31 schools and community centers.

Second Harvest Food Bank has been a sponsor since 2007, providing meals to 73 different locations. By the end of summer, an estimated 90,000 Second Harvest meals will have found their way into the hands and tummies of children who lack access to school cafeterias in at-risk, low-income communities. Read More …

September 25, 2012

Taking it on the road

Author: Sasha Hausman

As the need keeps rising in our community, Second Harvest Food Bank has to be more creative in thinking of ways to get food out to the people who need it most. We rely on our amazing network of partner agencies to distribute the food in the most efficient way. But sometimes we have the opportunity to take a pantry on the road and set up shop with our Mobile Food Drops. Second Harvest Food Bank will load a tractor trailer up with non-perishables, fresh produce, and dairy products, and with the help of hardworking volunteers, distribute these bags directly out to families.

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of going out to a Mobile Food Drop out at Evans High School in Pine Hills. Save-A-Lot granted the Food Bank $10,000 to be used toward this program. Not only did they provide the bulk of the food, they also provided a ton of volunteers to help out! Read More …