Uniting to Combat Hunger

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Humana, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (an affiliate of Feeding America), CarePlus Health Plans and the Society of St. Andrew are “Uniting to Combat Hunger” through a collaborative campaign designed to raise awareness and fight food insecurity in the Greater Orlando area. In the Orlando area alone, 1 in 7 residents faces food insecurity, defined as the lack of access to enough nutritionally adequate foods to live an active, healthy life. This serious issue also plagues our nation’s service men and women, as research shows 25 percent of the active duty and reserve personnel seeks aid from food pantries and other charitable programs across the country each year.

Volunteers from the collaborating organizations participated in activities on Tuesday, June 11, to kick off the “Uniting to Combat Hunger” campaign, which aims to provide 100,000 meals to local individuals. First, volunteers spent the morning gleaning corn with Society of St. Andrew at Long & Scott Farms in Mount Dora.

Then the corn was delivered to Second Harvest’s Orlando warehouse where volunteers sorted and packaged 4,800 pounds of corn for distribution to local kids, families, veterans, and seniors in need.

How to Help

The “Uniting to Combat Hunger” campaign has a goal of providing 100,000 meals to those in need across Central Florida. Food drive locations will be made available throughout Orlando at a variety of locations, including VFW Posts and Humana neighborhood locations. A fund drive is available at www.feedhopenow.org/UTCH_FL.

The campaign will culminate at the 120th VFW National Convention in Orlando, July 20-24, where the organizations will announce the success of their collective efforts. Additional information can be found at www.vfw.org/uniting-to-combat-hunger.

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