Archive for the 'Childhood Hunger' Category

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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September 20, 2016

Welcome, Cheyanna Johnson, Child Hunger Corps Member

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

cheyanna-johnsonCheyanna joined our Agency Relations & Programs team in August. She comes to us via Feeding America’s Child Hunger Corps. The Child Hunger Corps is a national service program that helps member food banks increase the number of meals served to children and their families.

Cheyanna will serve at Second Harvest for two years, segmented into three phases; a six month community needs assessment, followed by a year of expanding existing child hunger programs or implementing new ones, and finally, six months of post-implementation evaluation work.

When asked how she felt about her first few weeks in Central Florida and at Second Harvest, she replied: “My first few weeks here at Second Harvest have been engaging and motivating! Coming to Second Harvest, I was already passionate about eliminating child food insecurity. Upon my arrival, I was excited to meet people equally as motivated towards the initiative. I am excited to work with the incredible people at Second Harvest to reduce the presence of child hunger in our communities!

 Cheyanna hails from Kentucky and holds Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. We are thrilled to welcome her to our Childhood Hunger team and we look forward to sharing updates about Cheyanna’s work along the way!


August 22, 2016

Summer Food Rocks…And Rolls!

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

2016 SFSP TrailerOur Summer Food Program for Children has never experienced such maneuverable mobility! We accelerated our pace by serving almost 175,000 freshly prepared breakfasts, hot lunches and snacks to youngsters in underserved areas who were on school vacation. All that in a mere 46 days!

Approximately 94 different locations in 5 counties went on a healthy nutritional ride, finally dashing across the finish line on Friday, August 12. On Monday, the kids were once again able to get their free school cafeteria lunches. This program “track” results in a “seamless” nutritional experience whereby the last turn is deftly handled, putting us in full control of the wheel as we throttle up our Kids Cafe Afterschool Meal Program that runs through next June.

This summer’s crowning achievement was the successful rollout of 7 mobile trailers with drop-down windows, heating units, air-conditioning, and all sorts of custom accessories. These units are able to reach areas that might not otherwise be accessible.

No pit stops were needed for our dedicated team of food production “artists” who arrived every day at 5 a.m.

Our logistics staff made sure the rubber met the road where the need was greatest.

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July 18, 2016

Summer Food Program Serves 75,000 Meals in June

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

SFSP July 2016Our summer food program got off to a quick start in June, serving 75,000 meals to approximately 2,400 youngsters.

This program closes the nutritional gap when kids lack access to school cafeterias.

Our newly expanded fleet of 7  mobile units (retrofitted trailers, fully equipped to hold and serve hot meals,) continue to pull up at over 35 locations, providing quick and nutritious, freshly prepared hot meals.

The program continues through August 8. To see our locations, click here.