Archive for the 'Childhood Hunger' Category

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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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!