August 22, 2016

Healthy Options: New Power Purchase (PUR) Items in Stock

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

healthy PUR itemsOn average, Americans eat more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day. More than 75 percent of the sodium Americans eat comes from processed, prepackaged and restaurant foods – not from the salt shaker.

For optimal heart-health, the American Heart Association recommends people aim to eat no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. That level is associated with a significant reduction in blood pressure, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Power Purchase (PUR) has added low- and no-salt items to inventory. Consider purchasing these items the next time you place an order:

  • PUR-216 Carrots Sliced LOW SODIUM (24/15OZ)
  • PUR-382 Yellow Corn NO SALT (24/15oz)
  • PUR-134 Tomatoes Diced LOW SODIUM (24/14.5OZ)
  • PUR-122 Bean Cut Green NO SALT (24/14.5oz)
  • PUR-349 Beans Black LOW SODIUM (24/15oz)

COMING SOON

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August 22, 2016

Second Harvest’s Partner Agency Council

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

agency council-conference ErinA little over 3 years ago, Second Harvest Food Bank created a Partner Agency Council.

The purpose of the Council was to have a key group of partner agencies meet monthly, and be able to think strategically about things happening in the food bank and related to the other partner agencies.

Early on, we consulted our partner agencies for advice on the design of our new facility and got such good ideas that we wanted to expand it to all aspects of our operations!

We started with a group of 12 agencies that represented all 6 counties that we serve, and currently have over 20 partner agencies from all 6 counties. Our agency members vary considerably – they are large and small, paid staff and volunteers. They include food pantries, soup kitchens, residential programs, and school pantries. We seek a variety of agencies so that they can represent the network as a whole.

Council members have to be willing to talk about other topics besides what may be pertinent in their own nonprofit and to think of the larger picture. The meeting agenda always includes an open forum where members can raise any issues they have with SHFB (good things too!!). Any topic is fair game – the only rule is if you identify a problem or concern you have to offer a proposed solution or action to the group!

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August 22, 2016

Partner Spotlight: Christian Care Benevolence Center

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

christian care benevolence centerThe Christian Care Center’s Benevolence Center is the largest food pantry in Lake County serving an average of over 2150 individuals each month, giving over 22,000 pounds of food each week to those in need in Lake County. This program is designed to supply families with five days’ worth of food and eight articles of clothing per family member each month along with other household items free of charge.

The Benevolence Ministry began as a clothes closet at First Baptist Church of Leesburg in the early 1980’s. People would donate clothes to the less fortunate and others would volunteer to pass them out. When the old Rescue Mission started receiving food donations, they moved the clothes closet to the Rescue Mission and began providing food aid along with clothing.  In 1991, the ministry moved to its present location on 13th street which once was a historic train depot.

In 2003 the Center entered into an alliance with Second Harvest Food Bank as a partner agency allowing for substantial growth in the number of families and people served. Besides the individuals served each month, the Benevolence Center serves the Christian Care Center’s residential facilities with over 90,000 meals each year as well as Lake County residents in need, and supports community partners who serve veterans, the elderly, children and at-risk individuals.

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August 22, 2016

Summer Food Rocks…And Rolls!

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

2016 SFSP TrailerOur Summer Food Program for Children has never experienced such maneuverable mobility! We accelerated our pace by serving almost 175,000 freshly prepared breakfasts, hot lunches and snacks to youngsters in underserved areas who were on school vacation. All that in a mere 46 days!

Approximately 94 different locations in 5 counties went on a healthy nutritional ride, finally dashing across the finish line on Friday, August 12. On Monday, the kids were once again able to get their free school cafeteria lunches. This program “track” results in a “seamless” nutritional experience whereby the last turn is deftly handled, putting us in full control of the wheel as we throttle up our Kids Cafe Afterschool Meal Program that runs through next June.

This summer’s crowning achievement was the successful rollout of 7 mobile trailers with drop-down windows, heating units, air-conditioning, and all sorts of custom accessories. These units are able to reach areas that might not otherwise be accessible.

No pit stops were needed for our dedicated team of food production “artists” who arrived every day at 5 a.m.

Our logistics staff made sure the rubber met the road where the need was greatest.

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