July 13, 2017

If You Build It, They Will Come!

Author: Guest Blogger

One of our newest summer feeding site partners for the Summer Food Service Program in Central Florida is the W.T. Bland Public Library located in rural Mt. Dora, FL. With a ton of fun reading programs for kids and a neat hang-out space for teens, the library is making strides in minimizing learning loss and youth hunger during the summer.

In support of the library’s efforts, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida sends a mobile trailer to serve hot meals every day. This means that the library employees complete less paperwork and save space for their reading programs. However, the limited space in the library also meant limited space for the kids to eat. Read More …

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 …

June 9, 2016

What the Bites Camera Action Program Means to our Local Vets

Author: Guest Blogger

Wendell Calloway -Veteran Peer Support for BCA 150 VeteransHi my name is Wendell Calloway and I am so proud to be a part of the Bites Camera Action(BCA)/Second Harvest Food Bank Food Distribution Program, a program funded completely by Universal Orlando.

Because I am a veteran myself I understand the challenges that some veterans go through with Food. Participating in this program builds comradely among the veterans. Many of them do not socialize, and tend to stay off to themselves in their apartments. Since participating in in this program, they now come outside and gather in a meeting spot with other veterans and they are getting to know each other, laughing, talking socializing, I feel that the food meets their physical and mental needs…it is therapeutic.

The main goal is to get food to the vets, but the program is helping to it build comradely among the veterans, encouraging positive relationships – actual “therapeutic relationships” are formed as a result of the vets getting together. Many of the veterans do not have family and the distribution program gives them a chance to get together and socialize, talk about their experiences, share resources. It becomes therapeutic and beneficial to their well-being. Read More …