June 8, 2017

Mission Market Promotes Healthier Eating for Their Clients

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Catholic Charities Food Pantry has undergone a makeover.

When clients enter the food pantry at Catholic Charities, commonly referred to now as Mission Market, they are suddenly immersed into the bustling streets of a farmer’s market.

The new pantry promotes client choice, with fresh produce displayed in a warm and inviting way, showcasing all the colors of a rainbow.

Clients can walk through the doors and see to their right hefty amounts of produce abundantly displayed, and to their left a tall shelf full of various grains.

Health and nutrition education material, available in English and Spanish, hang on a wall on the left side of the room

This new pantry model promotes health and wellness for the clients served at Catholic Charities. Vision and support from Senior Director of Operations, Julie Yetter, and the tireless energy of their Food and Facilities Ministry Manager, John Bonfiglio, have made this transition not just possible, but successful.

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May 23, 2017

Warehouse Improvements

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

For the past month shopping for frozen items has looked a little different, and I’m sure the large silver box that has replaced all our freezers has not gone unnoticed. Starting this week agencies will be able to shop out of our brand new cooler/freezer unit. We are so excited about this improvement. The new unit will be able to hold more product and be restocked from behind so that each hour has a variety of frozen and cold product.



May 23, 2017

New Agency Mart Path

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

This Wednesday we will be rolling out a new path for shopping in our mart. The aim is to make shopping more efficient for the agencies. If you click on the picture you will be able to see the pattern more clearly. We have created this with our agencies in mind and hoping to create the most efficient and pleasant shopping experience.



May 11, 2017

Universal Foundation Makes a Difference

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Providing nutritious food to children and families in our community is a priority for Second Harvest. We partner with Universal Orlando and the Universal Orlando Foundation to bring “Bites, Camera, Action!” to local elementary and middle schools and 74 community sites.

Bites, Camera, Action! is a mobile nutrition program that has distributed more than 60,000 pounds of supplemental food to students and their families since 2012. Our School Farmers Market delivers healthy fresh fruit and vegetables to the children and families attending the school. Nearly 20 community partners join together at the School Farmers Market to deliver school supplies, SNAP outreach, health screenings, community resources, as well as a fresh, chef-prepared light meal to promote health and wellness to families.

In addition to the School Farmers Market, the Bites Camera Action! refrigerated truck is on the road each weekday delivering critically-needed nourishment where there often is none.

The success of this program would not be possible without the additional support provided by Universal employee volunteers. Nearly 8,597 Universal volunteers have donated thousands of hours packing and distributing 712,251 pounds of food, a total of more than 526,131 meals for delivery to veterans, adults, families and seniors in low-income neighborhoods, at transitional homeless sites and community resource fairs.

Together, through this partnership, we are inspiring and engaging our community to end hunger.

For more information, please contact:

Denise Hogan, Mobile Pantry Program Coordinator

Phone: 407-514-1060 Email: dhogan@feedhopenow.org