April 17, 2017

Why I Believe In Summer Hope for Kids

Author: Melissa Kear

Growing up as a kid who lived in a food insecure household, I wasn’t nearly as excited for summer as most of my classmates. Sure, school was out, which meant not having to wake up early to catch the bus, spend my days doing homework, or sitting in a classroom instead of being outside, but it also meant no more school meals. When you live in a working-poor family, who is struggling to make ends meet and has to constantly make tough decisions, having enough food in the fridge is a constant worry and stress.

My story is a small example of the one in four kids who struggle in Central Florida with hunger. As an adult, I understand the importance first hand of summer feeding programs, and my own experiences are a huge driving force in my daily work. Every year more feeding sites are popping up all over Central Florida, working to reach low-income areas and food deserts to make nutritious meals accessible for local kids. Read More …

February 7, 2017

Start a virtual food drive and help families in Central Florida

Author: Maria Diestro

Are you looking to give back this year in a unique way? Second Harvest’s virtual food drive tool is a great way to get you or your group involved with ending hunger in Central Florida in an easy, immediate and highly effective way. Did I mention that it’s also really fun?

Whether it’s for your birthday, your wedding, a sports event or graduation, you can use our virtual food drive tool to raise awareness and help fight hunger in our community.

Below are some benefits of running a virtual food drive:

– Easy to use and manage.
– It’s the greenest and easiest of all food drives.
– Allows for group participation. Competition-style drives can encourage greater participation. Read More …

November 1, 2016

We’ve given our virtual food drive a facelift!

Author: Maria Diestro

click-to-get-startedbWe’ve recently enhanced our Hope for the Holidays virtual food drive tool to make it easier to fundraise and donate. Some highlights include: a new responsive design(able to be viewed on mobile and table devices), more messaging in the email tool, new badges to unlock and over 20 graphics to use on social media to help you fundraise.

View it here: http://www.feedhopenow.org/holiday

This holiday season, go beyond a traditional food drive! Starting a virtual food drive is easy and quick, and more important it helps increase hunger awareness, and feeds struggling families immediately in Central Florida.

Start your virtual food drive here: http://www.feedhopenow.org/holiday

The holidays can be tough enough, but even more so when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. Will you become a hunger champion for local families, kids and seniors? Even the smallest gesture is impactful for our struggling neighbors in need. Read More …

July 21, 2016

My Virtual Food Drive Experience

Author: Melissa Kear

vfdOver the past four years, I have had the chance to meet and get to know some pretty great people through our Virtual Food Drive. For them, this tool is an easy and interactive way to raise money toward ending hunger in their community, provides a great representation of how far their monetary donations can really go, and fun to use.

At Second Harvest Food Bank, we are able to turn any $1 donation into $9 in grocery value. The food bank’s incredibly efficient distribution model gives every dollar donated exponentially more power over what you could buy in a store, giving even the smallest donation an impact on hunger. The virtual food drive shopping cart helps provide an illustrative representation of this. For example, a $7 donation has the potential to provide 288 tomatoes, or a $12 donation to provide 45 pounds of cheese!  Read More …

January 19, 2016

Local High School Student Raises Over $5,300 in Virtual Food Drive

Author: Maria Diestro

Lauren Bautista raises over $5,300 to fight hungerSince 2012, Second Harvest has offered a fun and unique way for anyone in the community to raise money to fight hunger, called a Virtual Food Drive. It has been truly heartening to see so many individuals and organizations in Central Florida rally their friends, coworkers, and family for a cause that means so much to them – ending hunger in our community, and peer-to-peer tools are a powerful way to do that.

Each year, you begin to see some of those same people come back, more seasoned and ready to go, eager to feed more kids, seniors, and families in their neighborhoods. One such inspiring person is Lauren Bautista, a senior at Bishop Moore High School who has raised over $5,300 so far this year in her virtual food drive. Lauren started volunteering at Second Harvest as a freshman, and would come into the food bank with her family to sort donations and pack meal boxes. When she learned about virtual food drives, she jumped at the chance to make a bigger impact in her community. Read More …

October 24, 2014

A powerful way to help

Author: Dave Krepcho

A powerful way to help With the holidays quickly approaching, many of Second Harvest Food Bank’s 550+ partner feeding programs are working hard to get ready for what is anticipated to be another record season of demand for their services. Nearly a third of that food will land on the plates of children.

Today I write to ask you to please consider giving the gift of hope to kids in our community this fall by launching your own virtual food drive.

Join the 26+ groups and individuals that have already set up a virtual drive for our neighbors in need. Don’t forget that Second Harvest can provide up to $9 worth of food value for every dollar that is donated! Read More …