The other week Fernanda and I spent the morning with the Second Harvest Food Bank Board Member Mary Beth Morgan. Mary Beth wanted to see the Knights Helping Knights pantry at UCF, and since Fernanda and I work with them we were happy to go with her on the tour.
We were excited and,when we pulled up we were greeted by Mary Beth, and an employee at the Burnett Honors College in a golf cart, ready to give us a guided tour of the pantry, and the campus.
The Knights Helping Knights Pantry is located at Ferrell Commons, and is staffed by students and volunteers 5 days a week. In addition to non-perishable food and fresh produce they also offer clothing, household goods, and school supplies to the student at no charge. Knights Helping Knights does a wonderful job supplying food and necessities to all students, so they don’t have to make the decision to pay for their school books, pay their utilities, or buy groceries.
January 10, 2017
On December 9th the Table Sixty Committee conducted a Senior and Families Market and Resource Fair. The Table Sixty Committee consists of staff members from Second Harvest Food Bank, Winter Park Health Foundation, Catholic Charities, United Way, AARP, Seniors First, Senior Resource Alliance and UCF.
The Table Sixty Committee had determined through research that the Old Baldwin Park area near Semoran Blvd in East Orlando has an underserved senior population. The goal was to have a Market and Resource Fair in that area, so that we could talk with and survey the seniors to find what the needs may be in that underserved location.
We contacted The Knights of Columbus which is located in the Old Baldwin Park area and they were gracious enough to allow us to have the food distribution and resource fair at their location.
Dr. Jim Wright created the survey which we used when we spoke with the seniors that attended the event on the 9th. With the data from the survey we were to find out the 22 of the 25 people that were surveyed have food insecurity. More than half of the people surveyed did not know about the local food pantries in their area. And, 19 of the 25 people feel that they do not eat enough fresh produce, and should eat more.
We were very happy with the turnout for our first event targeting a specific population such as the seniors. We are hopeful that we will be able to have more food distributions, and learn more about the seniors in need in the Old Baldwin Park , and surrounding areas.
January 10, 2017
We would like to send a reminder to you all about warehouse guidelines, when you are in the Agency Mart at Second Harvest Food Bank.
When you are in the aisle that has the open banana boxes on the shelf, please take the entire box on the shelf. All the boxes should have like items in them and are open so that you can see what the product is.
When you see the red table over the aisle that says “Authorized Access Only” please do not enter that area. This is for safety reasons, and also the items have not been processed yet that are in that aisle.
January 9, 2017
Our mission at Second Harvest is to create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while multiplying the generosity of a caring community. We work with our community to erase the food gap that exists in Central Florida between families that have a need but not consistent access to food. This gap would be far worse without our partnership with the Orange County Public School (OCPS) system.
Each weekday children whose families deal with financial struggles, and the resulting food insecurity issues, receive free or reduced breakfast and lunches. In some areas in Orange County the percentage of low income children is so high that many schools have 90% or more of their students receiving free and reduced lunch.
Second Harvest Food Bank offers several programs through our Childhood Hunger Program — which offers hot meals and nonperishable foods afterschool and over the weekends to children with food insecurity is. About eight years ago, Orange County Public Schools contacted Second Harvest to help bridge the gap that is left during the two week school is out for winter break. Read More …