November 18, 2016

You’re Invited!

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team



Be sure to RSVP for the Partner Network Conference, all Agencies are invited, and space will fill up fast! Send all RSVP’s via email to

Remember only 1 person per agency.

November 9, 2016

What is the Partner Agency Conference?

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

confer  The goal of this conference is to Engage, Empower and Energize our partner agencies by giving them resources, support, education  and a networking experience. Last year 100 agencies met together at our Orlando location to connect with the food bank and with each other. We have expanded this event for 2017 and will be inviting all of our partner agencies to participate. Our location for this year’s event is Calvary Orlando in Winter Park, Florida.

This event will include presentations from Robin Safely, Executive Director of Feeding Florida who oversees the fight against hunger in Florida with a statewide network of 14 member food banks, and Dr. Thomas Byer, who is an associate professor in the School of Public Administration at UCF who will share his research and expertise on the importance of networking and collaborating to meet goals.

We will offer workshops on Volunteer Management, Healthy Eating, Childhood Hunger, Networking and Pantry Best Practices and will provide an opportunity to network with over 200 other Second Harvest Agencies.

We will also be recognizing our agencies for going above and beyond and will be presenting some special awards to agencies in all 6 counties.

Lunch will be provided and an exciting and empowering event is being planned for all.

The capacity for this event is 250 so please RSVP as soon as registration opens on November 14th.

Please join us at this special event where we can thank you and encourage you to continue in our joint missions of fighting hunger and feeding hope!

November 9, 2016

An Impact Beyond Generations

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

grandparentsMr. and Mrs. Larry Hardy of Sanford, Fl. have 8 of their grandchildren in their direct custody and currently 5 of them attend the Midway Safe Harbor Center after-school program (7 of them are shown in the photo with Mr. Hardy as he is picking them up from the center).  Mr. Hardy stated that the basis of support for his kids starts with a firm religious foundation of which he ensures that they gain necessary exposure.   He also said that education is the key to their future and he appreciates how much the center provides in that area.

He went on to say that the food provided from the Second Harvest Food Bank to the center is a tremendous help to the daily nutritional needs of his kids because they are served a hot healthy five component meal on a daily basis throughout the school year. Additionally, he appreciates the periodic opportunity to get the free fresh produce that is given to the center for distribution to the children.  He further stated that the cost savings in his kids being fed during the year at the center is a great help to the family budget that he and his wife manage.

He expresses many thanks to those who extend the services and support of these organizations.

November 9, 2016

Provision Pack Program Providing Much Needed Help for Low Income Families

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

provision-packsThe Provision Pack Program was founded to provide nutritional assistance to low income families in the Ormond Beach area. The families in our program are living in poverty, and in some cases homeless situations. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2015, approximately 100,000 people (17.7%) of Volusia County lives in poverty.

These families are faced with the unfortunate decisions of having to choose between paying rent, a utility bill, and putting food on their table. No one should be faced with such difficult decisions.

This program started a couple of years ago when founder, Carrie Torres discovered the need for food for families in her children’s school in Ormond Beach. The teachers at the school told her about 12 families from the school who were homeless living in cars, campgrounds, hotels or on the floors of other families. These families depended on their children’s school to provide them 2 meals a day because they were without food and money for food. The program started by helping these 12 families with meals on the weekends and over summer vacation. Read More …