Summer is made for neighborhood barbecues, pool parties, and watermelon eating contests. While many of us are looking forward to finding safe ways to gather this summer, these kinds of celebrations are off the table for thousands of families across Central Florida. The financial stress of providing breakfast and lunch for growing kids while schools are closed for the summer can … [Read more...] about Hope isn’t canceled.
Hunger doesn’t take a summer break. Neither does Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and its network of 550 feeding partners. As the financial impact of the pandemic lingers, thousands of local families continue to face the daunting reality of hunger. One lifeline during the pandemic are the seven-day boxes assembled at Mercy Kitchen. Each box contains enough food … [Read more...] about Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break
It’s been said that desperate times call for desperate measures. Crystal knows that all too well. “We went fishing a few weeks ago just so we could have some meat,” she explains. Crystal says their family of six was comfortable before the pandemic hit. “There were times we had to rob Peter to pay Paul, but nothing like what we’ve had to do this year,” she says. 2020 … [Read more...] about Crystal’s story of hope and courage
Everybody needs a little help sometimes. For the last 15 years, Bobbi has been a helping hand to her neighbors as they recover from car accidents or heal after a stroke. As a private nursing assistant, she is a friendly face when they need her the most. But today, she finds herself in need of a little help. “I’m barely making it,” Bobbi says. During the pandemic, she’s … [Read more...] about Everybody needs a little help sometimes
On a warm spring morning, cars wrapped around neighborhood streets in Altamonte Springs for two mobile distributions, one for food from a Second Harvest Food Bank feeding partner, the other for COVID-19 vaccinations courtesy of the Seminole County Health Department. The connection between health and hunger is paramount to combatting diet-related chronic diseases. It's also … [Read more...] about Caring for the well-being of our community