March 9, 2015

5 Ways to Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

5 Ways to bite into a healthy lifestyleDid you know that March 11th is  Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists Day? Don’t forget to wish them a “Happy RDN Day!”

March kicks off National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” Here are 5 ways you can do just that. Read More …

February 26, 2015

The Impact of Volunteers

Author: Judy Odom

Second Harvest Food Bank volunteer groupDid you know volunteers play a huge role in everything we do at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida?  In 2014, over 21,000 volunteers (67,000+ hours) assisted our warehouse staff in sorting and repackaging food for distribution, fundraising events, food shows, administrative work, and more.  What kind of difference did that make? That saved over $1,500,000 for the food bank, allowing us to feed more people in Central Florida!

When we built our new facility in 2013, we wanted to get the community more involved in our visionInspiring and engaging our community to end hunger.  Disney stepped up to the challenge by offering their Imagineers’ creative talent to enhance the walls of our volunteer space and surrounding areas of our warehouse.  The end result is an appealing and creative space that volunteers can come together, have fun, and do something great for our community.   Recently, a Disney artist from their Imagineering team returned and added “Hidden Mickeys” to their artwork – a scavenger hunt of sorts for our visitors. Read More …

February 19, 2015

February Volunteer Spotlight: Joy & Ryan

Author: Melissa Kear

Volunteer Spotlight - Joy & Ryan.jpgDid you know there are health benefits to volunteering? According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, “those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer”. It also helps strength the ability to solve problems and connect with others, making it a great family activity.

That’s why Joy Kleiman decided to bring her son Ryan to volunteer with her at Second Harvest. Because Ryan was initially very quiet, Joy and her husband, who also volunteers sometimes, wanted an activity for their son that would help build his confidence level and provide a new experience. Read More …

September 30, 2014

September Volunteer Spotlight: Alexander Medina

Author: Melissa Kear

September Volunteer Spotlight Alexander MedinaEvery year, September is proclaimed Hunger Action Month – an entire month devoted to hunger awareness, all across the country. Each day of the month a new action is suggested to help fight hunger and bring awareness to this issue through going orange, social media interactions, special events, and more. Volunteering is always a favorite hunger action, which brings us to this month’s Volunteer Spotlight! A true Hunger Hero, we are happy to introduce you to Alexander Medina, September’s Volunteer Spotlight.

Also a financial donor of Second Harvest, Alexander has only started volunteering with the food bank since May of this year, and has already donated over 178 hours of his time to volunteering at Second Harvest. Quickly picking up the routines of the warehouse, Alexander is easy to spot as he bounces from one project to the next. Between effortlessly getting new volunteers oriented on projects, to running around the warehouse to shrink wrap pallets or using the manual jack to move pallets, Alexander never hesitates helping where he is needed. Read More …

June 19, 2014

June Volunteer Spotlight: Pat Wright

Author: Valerie Carl

June Volunteer Spotlight Pat WrightDid you know that Second Harvest has a total of three different locations of distribution? While our new Orlando facility on Mercy Drive is our main warehouse, we also have two other satellite locations: one in Brevard County, and one in Volusia County. This gives us the ability to meet the needs of more counties in Central Florida, build more relationships with community partners, and feed more people. But it also means more volunteer possibilities!

This month’s Volunteer Spotlight features someone from one of these satellite locations! Meet Pat Wright. Read More …

June 4, 2014

May Volunteer Spotlight: Barry Pritchard

Author: Melissa Kear

Volunteer Spotlight Barry PritchardAs May comes to a close and June begins, many across Central Florida are finishing with school and getting ready for summer. While summer may mean days at the beach, hanging out with friends, and family trips to some, to others it means missing out on important meals school provided.

One of the ways the community helps us fight hunger and feed hope for hungry children all across Central Florida is through volunteering. Volunteers provide a cornerstone service to our mission: sorting food, helping out with events, collecting donations, and more. We could not do what we do without them.

This May, we are spotlighting a volunteer who has been with us since 2008, Barry Pritchard. Read More …