Archive for the 'Childhood Hunger' Category

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.



June 13, 2016

Summer Food Program Kicks Off

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

SFSP 2016 1Across Central Florida, students eagerly look forward to summer vacation, but for many children from low income families, summertime means losing access to school cafeterias and the nutritious well-balanced meals they regularly receive.

During summer, many struggling families have to spend more money on food and make tougher household budgetary decisions.

The Summer Food Program is designed to help children and families by providing a seamless nutritional continuum bridging the seasonal gap in the National School Lunch Program.

For the eighth consecutive year, Second Harvest Food Bank will seamlessly transition from its Kids Cafe Afternoon Meal Program (AMP) to The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

The summer program allows us to provide free, nutritious, prepared meals to children ages 18 and under while school cafeterias are closed.

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