September 6, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Join Our Agency Council

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Now in its 4th year, Second Harvest Food Bank’s Agency Council is ready to grow!

The Council is a group of committed partner agencies and Second Harvest staff who meet monthly to strategically discuss things happening at the food bank, at their agencies and out in the community.

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider joining:

 

#1 Be the First to Hear Food Bank News

Council members often learn about updates to programs like SNAP and TEFAP, and get sneak peaks at things like our new warehouse layout before they’re communicated network-wide. Second Harvest staff are regularly invited to present updates from their respective areas – past speakers include Greg Higgerson, VP of Development and Kelly Quintero, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations.

#2 Meet Other Agencies

We know that it can be hard to network with other agencies. The Council is the perfect place to get to know agencies of all shapes and sizes by providing an easy, nonthreatening way to connect with one another and to share common challenges and successes.

#3 The Open Forum

Ask us anything! Really! Each Agency Council meeting concludes with an “open forum” where we discuss whatever is on your mind. The only rule – if you talk about a problem or concern, you’ll have to offer a potential solution.

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September 6, 2017

New Beginnings for the Grays

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

After over 9 years of dedicated service, Erin Gray has left Second Harvest Food Bank. Many of you remember Erin as an Agency Relations Coordinator, Manager and your biggest cheerleader. Erin gave so much of herself to this mission and we will really miss her passion, infectious smile and joyful laugh. The Agency Relations Team as well as the Second Harvest Family are very grateful for Erin’s leadership, passion for this organization and her support for not only staff but for the Partner Agencies.

Erin and her husband Todd recently brought 2 beautiful children to Florida from out-of-state as foster, and soon to be adoptive parents. They have become amazing parents to 5 Year Old Autumn and 4 Year Old Jayden. This has been a dream come true for the Grays as they always wanted to start a family.

Erin Gray started at Second Harvest in 2008 as an Agency Relation’s Coordinator, and became the Agency Relations Manager in 2009. She instantly fell in love with the Second Harvest’s mission and vision and was thrilled to be part of the Second Harvest family.

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August 31, 2017

Important Reminder about Disaster Relief

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

As part of the Feeding America Network, Second Harvest and other food banks across the country stand ready to support the recovery phase of the flooding caused by the storm.

Please remember that, per your Memorandum of Agreement with Second Harvest, agencies cannot use Second Harvest/USDA product for relief efforts outside of Central Florida:

Distribution is limited to use in the area that the agency serves, specifically Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties. Under no circumstances can product obtained from SHFB leave the designated county.

The easiest and most effective way to give back to the victims remains a financial donation directly to the Houston Food Bank or Feeding Texas. Sending any goods to the affected areas in an uncoordinated way is likely to contribute to the ‘disaster within a disaster’ that often results in these situations.

To donate to the Houston Food Bank, visit www.houstonfoodbank.org

To donate to Feeding Texas, visit www.feedingtexas.org



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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