July 17, 2017

Local Youth Awarded André Reyna Youth Against Hunger Award

Author: Melissa Kear

Lauren Bautista and Odalys ReynaEvery day, local youth are finding ways to give a voice to those less fortunate. Some volunteer, some advocate, some donate, and some are continuing to find unique ways to solve the problems local kids, families, and seniors in need face.

André Reyna was a very special young man who encompassed this. As a student at UCF and frequent volunteer for Second Harvest Food Bank and other local causes, André cared very deeply about helping those less fortunate, and about making sure that people had the basics of life available no matter their financial resources. Read More …

December 16, 2015

How I Made a Difference

Author: Guest Blogger

Mitchell Spector Halloween food driveHi,

I am Mitchell Spector, I am 11 years old and my program “Trick-or-Treat Food-to-Eat” was a huge success. I got inspired when my cousin Kayla started it for the first time working with Feeding South Florida in Miami. She has been doing it for 6 years and has collected food over the years to feed over 15,000 meals.

I thought it was a great idea as a way to make a difference. So we thought about starting it up here in Orlando. It all started when I went to Second Harvest Food Bank to visit Sasha and saw all of the good work they do. I was amazed at how many volunteers come in a day to help.

That same day, we wentover to Baxter Restoration, the company who is sponsoring my event. They were also collecting cans as a company and in one meeting room you had to bring at least 5 cans just to get in to the meeting. The CEO Dave Baxter promised to donate $1 for every can we collected up to $500. Then I knew I was on a mission to collect at least 500 cans. Read More …

November 13, 2014

Kids Say the Darndest Things…

Author: Sasha Hausman

7 year old AriaI am often asked to go to different businesses, organizations, companies or schools to talk about what Second Harvest Food Bank does for the community. I always love going to these speaking engagements because I get to meet so many wonderful people doing some incredible things for our neighbors.

Last week I had the pleasure of going to the Montessori of Winter Garden Charter School to speak to their students about the food bank. They had just wrapped up a food drive and I wanted to go out and say thank you in person. I spoke to the students about how other kids their age might not know where their next meal is coming from. We had a conversation on what it feels like to be hungry and we all agreed that it makes you feel sick, grumpy, angry and its hard to concentrate. The students also told me great stories on what they are planning to do to make a difference in their community. Read More …

April 15, 2014

West Side Sanford Boys & Girls Flock To New Kids Cafe

Author: Santos Maldonado

West Side Sanford Boys & Girls Flock To New Kids CafeOn April 1st, a day commonly associated with foolishness, over 150 youngsters walked into the Westside Boys & Girls Club to find that our months old promise of after school meals was no joke.

This latest addition to our Kids Cafe program is located at 919 S. Persimmon Avenue, not far from historic Goldsboro. The after school haven is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the City of Sanford, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Seminole County Public Schools, The Department of Health’s Bureau of Child Nutrition, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Last month, our sister county to the south gained another Kids Cafe. Geographic balance was achieved by adding one to the north. The site is expected to serve approximately 33,000 meals during a full academic year.

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April 17, 2012

Making a Difference

Author: Maria Shanley

Every year, we invite our champion volunteers to a donated luncheon and thank them for their support of Second Harvest Food Bank.

Did you know that last year 10,146 volunteers contributed 35,115 hours? This is equivalent to more than 16 full-time staff members! We could not begin to do the work we do in our community without volunteers. This year, we recognized the following companies/organizations/individuals for going above and beyond their volunteer efforts.


Central Florida Letter Carriers Food Drive

Central Florida Letter Carriers collected 376,126 through the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive last year. The food drive for this year is right around the corner. We hope you join us on Saturday, May 14 and help us Stamp Out Hunger >>



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