Archive for the 'Childhood Hunger' Category

November 9, 2016

An Impact Beyond Generations

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

grandparentsMr. and Mrs. Larry Hardy of Sanford, Fl. have 8 of their grandchildren in their direct custody and currently 5 of them attend the Midway Safe Harbor Center after-school program (7 of them are shown in the photo with Mr. Hardy as he is picking them up from the center).  Mr. Hardy stated that the basis of support for his kids starts with a firm religious foundation of which he ensures that they gain necessary exposure.   He also said that education is the key to their future and he appreciates how much the center provides in that area.

He went on to say that the food provided from the Second Harvest Food Bank to the center is a tremendous help to the daily nutritional needs of his kids because they are served a hot healthy five component meal on a daily basis throughout the school year. Additionally, he appreciates the periodic opportunity to get the free fresh produce that is given to the center for distribution to the children.  He further stated that the cost savings in his kids being fed during the year at the center is a great help to the family budget that he and his wife manage.

He expresses many thanks to those who extend the services and support of these organizations.

November 9, 2016

Provision Pack Program Providing Much Needed Help for Low Income Families

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

provision-packsThe Provision Pack Program was founded to provide nutritional assistance to low income families in the Ormond Beach area. The families in our program are living in poverty, and in some cases homeless situations. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2015, approximately 100,000 people (17.7%) of Volusia County lives in poverty.

These families are faced with the unfortunate decisions of having to choose between paying rent, a utility bill, and putting food on their table. No one should be faced with such difficult decisions.

This program started a couple of years ago when founder, Carrie Torres discovered the need for food for families in her children’s school in Ormond Beach. The teachers at the school told her about 12 families from the school who were homeless living in cars, campgrounds, hotels or on the floors of other families. These families depended on their children’s school to provide them 2 meals a day because they were without food and money for food. The program started by helping these 12 families with meals on the weekends and over summer vacation. Read More …

November 9, 2016

Learn more about The Child Hunger Corps Program

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

cheyanna-johnsonThe Child Hunger Corps (CHC) program was established in 2010 via a partnership between Feeding America and the ConAgra Foods Foundation. The Child Hunger Corps came out of a recommendation of the 2008 Child Hunger Strategy Team. The network identified staffing capacity as one of the largest barriers to being able to expand child hunger programs, and the CHC is intended to address that barrier.

The goal of a CHC member is to assist their food bank in identifying gaps in childhood hunger and implement programs to fill that gap. As it’s only a two-year program, it’s important that the CHC member implement programs that are sustainable within the community.

The CHC is currently in its 6th year of operation with members of Cohort 6 placed at food banks across the country. I was fortunate to be chosen to work with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and to help grow and develop their child hunger programs throughout their service region. Read More …

October 12, 2016

2016 Child Hunger Summit

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

cheyanna-and-chrisThis past Tuesday, several members of our Childhood Hunger Programs team attended the 2016 Child Hunger Summit in Sarasota where over 330 participants gathered for the day.


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.

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