Positive Potential: The Power We All Have to Fight Hunger
$138 million. That number caught my attention when, seven years ago, I heard about a group of graduate business students at Rollins College researching the local economic impact of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
Although I had worked with nonprofits for decades, the scale of Second Harvest’s impact was staggering by comparison. It encompassed not only the fresh food and groceries provided to families in need but reaches far beyond the line at the local food pantry – jobs created, families stabilized, lower healthcare costs, and reduced waste.
More Positive Potential: The Power We All Have to Fight Hunger
Volunteers Inspire Change
As a teenager, I participated in an exercise to learn the importance of teamwork. We arranged four chairs facing each other and sat in them sideways so that we could recline. When the chairs were removed we did not fall because we supported each other.
We borrowed strength from each other to keep from toppling over. It’s a great exercise to teach people of any age about teamwork and an analogy for how we can affect the world around us. I am sure we are not strangers to the challenging situations that many of our friends and neighbors face daily.
A Box of Meals and Hope
Valter is the pastor of United Heart Church of Nations in Orlando where he, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, distributes boxes of nutritious food for families facing hunger each week. They have been doing this weekly for the past 13 years without missing a single week – even during the pandemic. Each week, about 250 families receive nutritious meals and hope.