Archive for the 'Childhood Hunger' Category

August 20, 2018

Thank You for Filling Plates and Feeding Hope This Summer

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

 

Thanks to you, thousands of kids and families had a hope-filled summer!

Second Harvest’s Summer Food Service Program hit the road on May 29 to deliver fresh, healthy meals to kids. With 51 new locations in 2018, the program served children at over 118 summer camps, day care centers, parks, libraries and other programs across all six Central Florida counties five days a week all summer long.

A few highlights:

  • 306,797 meals were served to kids ages 18 and under – a 30% increase over 2017!
  • In June, the 1 millionth summer food service program mealwas served at Barnett Park in Orlando.
  • Second Harvest trailers traveled 59,600 miles to serve breakfast, lunch and snacks – that’s enough to circle the earth 2.4 times!

Second Harvest and its network of 550 feeding partners were out in force this summer to distribute 8 million meals to kids and families at food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters. One way this feat is accomplished is through mobile food dropsthat distribute fresh produce, meats and dairy along with pantry staples in food deserts where neighbors do not have easy access to a traditional grocer. This summer 70 mobile drops were held in just 74 days!

While most students were out of school, Second Harvest’s Culinary and Distribution Center Training Programs were in full swing with a total of 25 students. These economically disadvantaged adults spent the summer learning the professional and life skills needed to secure sustainable careers in the food industry or in a distribution center.

In addition, thanks to the support of Walt Disney World Foundation, Second Harvest launched the Team Nutrition Team. This group of nine high school juniors and seniors from six Central Florida high schools spent the summer learning about nutrition and demonstrating their new skills with engaging activities at community events. They collectively provided nutrition education to 500 adults and children this summer and will take this knowledge and experience back to their campuses to share with their peers throughout the school year.

All of this was accomplished with your help. Thanks to financial donations, FUNdraise for Good participants and an enormous investment of time and energy by more than 1,100 volunteers, students and families across Central Florida are returning to school filled with hope for the year ahead.

Second Harvest Food Bank has already pivoted from its summer programs to provide students with access to nourishing meals at Kids Café sites, School Markets and through weekend backpack programs.  Learn more about these essential childhood hunger programs that help students arrive at school ready to learn all year long at www.feedhopenow.org/how_help_kids.

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 …