February 14, 2017

Warehouse Heroes: Ricardo Robledo

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

When you are at the Orlando Warehouse and there is something you need help with, you are in a jam, or you just need a hug, who do you think of?

We have an answer for you! Ricardo Robledo!

Here at Second Harvest, Ricardo is our “go to guy”, he is the Second Harvest Warehouse manager. A typical day at work includes overseeing the drivers, warehouse staff, making sure mobile drops are sent out on time, TEFAP, the agency mart, and deliveries. He’s been a part of what we do at Second Harvest for 22 years, and in that time has a made a tremendous impact on the agencies and staff he has worked with.

I got the chance to ask some of the agencies about Ricardo and what I repeatedly heard was that he’s always willing to go the extra mile, take the extra time, and put in the extra work to help the agencies feed more people in their communities.

When asked what his favorite part of the job was, he said “All the agencies that come through the doors of our warehouse are special, they each help the community in unique ways, and getting to be a part of that is what keeps me excited about coming to work every day.”



February 7, 2017

Healthy Items Available Through (PUR) Power Purchase

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

As a food bank, we are preparing ourselves to work with others in the community who want to make an impact on community health. Along with providing nutrition education, we will distribute as much nutrient-rich food as possible into the communities we serve. With the help of our partner agency network, we distributed 18 million pounds of fresh produce in the last year alone.

We’ve recently compiled a list of shelf-stable items that can be ordered through our Power Purchase (PUR) program. These items align with Feeding America’s Foods to Encourage (F2E) framework. The F2E framework supports USDA’s MyPlate recommendations for consuming more fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.

When making your order, we encourage you to select more of these items to promote better health for the clients you serve. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact our Nutrition Manager at mconley@feedhopenow.org.

 



January 25, 2017

Saying Goodbye to a Food Bank Friend

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

We wanted to share a little bit about a dear Food Bank friend of ours who sadly passed away recently.

When we think of a person who works with and helps the senior population in Central Florida, we instantly would think of Walt Willis.  Our seniors are one of the most vulnerable and growing populations in our country, and Walt was a man who devoted most of his life to helping them.

Throughout the years, Walt has been recognized for his service with seniors, including Volunteer of the Year with the City of Orlando and Every Day Heroes on Channel 13. At Second Harvest Food Bank we could always count on Walt to join any committee, council or subgroup that we had. Walt’s devotion to senior hunger was beyond commendable.  

At Senior and Life Solution, Walt and his “food angels” would go to different seniors’ homes and deliver free, non-perishable groceries to 700 families (1,100 people) each month.  Walt partnered with approximately 100 families in senior high rises and senior recreation centers, a group of doctors deemed in dire need of food or risk hospitalization, to distribute up to 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Senior and Life Solutions Mission statement stated “… help seniors anywhere we can, except medically, have a better tomorrow than today,” This really showed how Walt and his team of volunteers were a welcome respite for the seniors they visited.

Whether Walt was at the food bank, or out and about, he would always end the conversation or visit with his signature send-off.   “Do me a favor… Have a Super Day”. Thank you Walt, for everything you did in our community to bring joy, kindness, and love to everyone you met. You will be missed.

 

Erin Gray
Agency Relations Manager



January 10, 2017

Our Tour of UCF

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

img_5379img_5383The 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.

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