Archive for the 'Brevard County' Category

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 9, 2017

Over 2,000 families assisted at 8th Annual Holiday Food Drop

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

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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 Programwhich 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 …

December 12, 2016

Conference Update: Looking for Agency Photos!

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

conference-jpegWe are a quarter of the way full! We will be accepting RSVP’s until January 9th, don’t forget to mark your calendars and email fdelgado@feedhopenow.org with your RSVP. As we prepare for the conference we are working on something special to celebrate each agency attending. If you have any group pictures of volunteers, or a distribution in action please send them to pdelacruz@feedhopenow.org

 

November 22, 2016

Warehouse Safety Reminder

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team