The Darden Foundation Community Kitchen at Second Harvest Fights Childhood Hunger

The Darden Foundation Community Kitchen at Second Harvest Fights Childhood HungerThe Darden Foundation Community Kitchen prepared its first batch of after school meals for Restore Orlando’s Kids Cafe this week.

A van sporting the Second Harvest logo arrived at 1:45 pm carrying scrumptious, freshly prepared trays of nutritious food. Less than two hours later, 55 children were served.

Restore Orlando is the first of 7 Kids Cafes that will benefit from our state of the art kitchen which is now in full production mode. On April 22nd, the remaining 6 sites will be phased in.

Second Harvest Food Bank sponsors 13 Kids Cafes. Six of these prepare their own meals; the remaining 7 rely on daily deliveries.

Menu choices, temperature controls and freshly prepared meals that arrive as close as possible to service time are only some of the benefits The Darden Foundation Community Kitchen provides. The flexibility to adjust meal orders will allow us to run a much more efficient Kids Cafe program; trimming waste and maximizing resources while at the same time serving up healthier fare to our community’s children.

Last year Second Harvest Food Bank sponsored 13 sites in 3 counties. Over 168,000 meals were served to more than 1,100 children each and every day while school was in session.

Since the program’s inception in 1998, well over 1.5 million meals have been served; 60% of those during the last 5 years.  The Darden Foundation Community Kitchen will also prepare approximately 70,000 lunches and snacks in 50 days for the upcoming Summer Food Service Program starting June 6th.

We are off to a great start!

Photos from Restore Orlando Kids Cafe:

To see the location of our Kids Cafes, follow this link >> Kids Cafes 2012-2013

Santos Maldonado
Childhood Hunger Programs Manager

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