USDA recently visited our main facility and were amazed at what they saw. Robin Bailey, Jr., Southeast Regional Administrator for the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and I are pictured here identifying turkeys purchased by the USDA through The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Items like these are distributed to needy families by state partners like food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens, or community action agencies.
Of all the food banks they work with and visit, they said ours was beyond what they’ve seen and imagined. Our systems, inventory control, food safety and spotlessly clean environment are all of the qualities they seek in a partner. We have a contract to distribute food that is part of “The Emergency Food Assistance Program”. These are various USDA commodities that are provided for people in need.
USDA is one of many fine examples of partnerships that bring millions of pounds of food to our Central Florida table for distribution. Farmers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, manufacturers, restaurants, resorts along with community food drives all come together with their donations. Last year alone this totaled enough food for 53 million meals. That works out to Second Harvest channeling the food at the rate of one meal per second.
If you’ve not come by to our facility for a tour, please contact us. You’ll be amazed like many others to see it in action. It’s a site to behold…and you may even find a few thousand turkeys!