May 11, 2018

Agency Spotlight: Provision Packs- Volusia County

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

On Friday May 4th Provision Packs from Ormond Beach Florida in Volusia County, hosted their first mobile drop at Holly Hill Elementary School . They distributed 31,000 lbs of food for 248 families, 961 people including 367 children. The drop was a drive thru where families drove up to the distribution site where their cars where loaded with free groceries to help those in need in the Holly Hill area.

Not only did families receive much needed food, they were also given flowers, employment information and resources and children’s clothing

Provisions Packs partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank, Holly Hill Police Department, Volusia County Sheriffs Department, several area churches and businesses who volunteered to assist at the drop.

Provision Packs currently serves 270 bags of food to students in need every Friday at 5 Volusia County Schools. Their goal is to serve 500 students in need weekly this fall. Carrie Torres, founder of Provision Packs, hopes she will be able to provide more drops in the future with help from Second Harvest Food Bank and community volunteers. “We just want to take care of each other as a community, Carrie said while gesturing to a cluster of volunteers that day. “It really does take a Village”


May 4, 2018

Don’t forget about your Annual Partner Survey

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Hello Agencies,

Don’t forget about our annual survey! You’re feedback is so important to us, and it helps us better serve you and ultimately our community. Below is the link to fill out the survey.

Once a week we are drawing an agency to win 25$ on their account at SHFB. The last day to submit your survey will be May 14th.

Below is the link to take it


March 13, 2018

Partner Agency Conference 2018

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

On Thursday March 8th 2018, over 150 Partner Agencies with close to 300 people attended the 3rd Annual Partner Agency Conference at Calvary Orlando. This years theme was Second Harvest Luau and the participants wore their favorite Luau attire and had a great time. We offered 8 breakout sessions and 2 general sessions focusing on Health and Hunger and Advocacy.  A Huge Thank You to all the staff who helped in the planning, facilitating and giving support the day of the event. The volunteers felt loved and supported and learned a lot of valuable information.

We also presented awards to some of our Agencies. The Feed Award went to St Cloud Community Pantry, the Lead Award went to Catholic Charities, the Strengthen Award was awarded to Faith Neighborhood Center, Capacity Building Award went to Hands for Healing, Lifetime Achievement was presented to Jerry Doyle from First Baptist Church of Umatilla and Person of the Year was Chris Assanah from Operation Love Outreach. Our 2018 Hurricane Heroes are No One Hungry-Brevard, Joining Hands in Food Ministry-Lake, Good Samaritan Outreach-Orange, Iglesia Cristiana Renuevo-Osceola, The Picnic Project-Seminole and Provision Packs –Volusia.


February 12, 2018

Table 60 Feeds Seniors in Winter Park

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team


Table 60, the collaborative (bringing together community leaders and advocates for senior hunger) food distribution event geared towards food insecure seniors in Orange County was in full force once again. This most recent event was held on Tuesday, February 6th at the Winter Park Community Center. These events take a village; 60 volunteers joined us from different local Winter Park organizations such as AARP and Winter Park Housing Authority. Seniors were excited about getting their hands on fresh produce, bakery items and non-perishables as 103 seniors participated in this event ultimately feeding over 150 households.Participants were treated to different vendors in addition to receiving food.  Vendors such as AARP, Jewish Family Services and Second Harvest’s very own Chef Terah Barrios talked to the participants about the different services they provide.But in the end it was all the beautiful, bright and tasty food that stole the show, 11,375 pounds worth! Thanks is not enough to all the volunteers, coordinators, Second Harvest staff and vendors who helped put this successful event together.