It’s time to get excited and Save the Date! Second Harvest Food Bank is excited to announce that our 2nd Annual Partner Network Conference will be on Thursday, March 9, 2017. We are excited to be able to invite all of our agencies this year. Be on the lookout for your invitation and RSVP as soon as possible. This event will fill up quickly!
October 12, 2016
Our Nutrition Educator, Chef Terah, has the privilege of working in the community with partner agencies and their clients every week. Chef Terah engages clients during food distribution by sharing recipes and health information, in addition to healthy food samples. When clients stop by her table, many of them are inspired to try new recipes that highlight fresh fruits and vegetables they receive that day.
Chef Terah recently provided nutrition education during distribution at Patmos SDA in Winter Park. Patmos SDA distributes food weekly, serving more than 200 households a month. As you can see in the images, Patmos SDA distributes a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables to the clients they serve. Last year they distributed more than 136,000 pounds of produce to their clients! We know their clients appreciate the quality and quantity of the food they receive. Read More …
October 12, 2016
The summit was organized by All Faiths Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, and Feeding Florida, an organization made up of fourteen food banks, including Second Harvest Food Bank, serving over 325,000 food insecure clients weekly throughout the state.
The summit’s goal was to have participants learn from not only the invited speakers, but from each other about current trends in the fields of child food insecurity, childhood obesity, undernutrition and their social implications. Other topics included discussion of innovative programs that improve school learning environments, the role of health professionals, and the value of community collaboration.
October 12, 2016
During the month of September we hosted three “Lunch with Dave” events with our Partner Agencies to give them an overview of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan, and other happenings within the Food Bank. Fifty agency staff and volunteers attended. Our agencies tell us they always enjoy the opportunity to have face to face time with Dave.
About three years ago, when we first moved to the new building, we had2016 a “Lunch with Dave” to discuss the new building: sort of a compare and contrast between the Mercy and Brengle facilities. The agencies that attended those meetings still talk about them.
Dave gave a “Mission Moment” in each lunch, provoking a lot of conversation amongst the agencies. Dave discussed how we have provided 50 million meals, and that if you put 50 million plates side by side it would reach around the world! The agencies were excited to know that they have had a hand in distributing that amount of food to the community.
Another great conversation began by explaining to the agencies where all the food comes from that they order from us and distribute to the clients they serve. Dave had a pie chart drawn, and the visual really shocked a few of the agencies.
One of the last conversations in all the lunches was regarding the “The Gap”. Dave had a chart drawn which represented the amount of food we are currently providing with our agencies and through all our other services. Even with all the different ways food is being distributed to clients in need, we still have a 100,000,000 meal gap. Dave shared that we hope to start to fill the gap and by 2020 would like to provide 85 million meals a year!
I believe having lunches like this really helps the agencies to get excited about the work they are doing, and see how we are all doing this work together!