Archive for the 'Orange County' Category

February 7, 2017

Healthy Items Available Through (PUR) Power Purchase

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

As a food bank, we are preparing ourselves to work with others in the community who want to make an impact on community health. Along with providing nutrition education, we will distribute as much nutrient-rich food as possible into the communities we serve. With the help of our partner agency network, we distributed 18 million pounds of fresh produce in the last year alone.

We’ve recently compiled a list of shelf-stable items that can be ordered through our Power Purchase (PUR) program. These items align with Feeding America’s Foods to Encourage (F2E) framework. The F2E framework supports USDA’s MyPlate recommendations for consuming more fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.

When making your order, we encourage you to select more of these items to promote better health for the clients you serve. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact our Nutrition Manager at mconley@feedhopenow.org.

 

January 25, 2017

Saying Goodbye to a Food Bank Friend

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

We wanted to share a little bit about a dear Food Bank friend of ours who sadly passed away recently.

When we think of a person who works with and helps the senior population in Central Florida, we instantly would think of Walt Willis.  Our seniors are one of the most vulnerable and growing populations in our country, and Walt was a man who devoted most of his life to helping them.

Throughout the years, Walt has been recognized for his service with seniors, including Volunteer of the Year with the City of Orlando and Every Day Heroes on Channel 13. At Second Harvest Food Bank we could always count on Walt to join any committee, council or subgroup that we had. Walt’s devotion to senior hunger was beyond commendable.  

At Senior and Life Solution, Walt and his “food angels” would go to different seniors’ homes and deliver free, non-perishable groceries to 700 families (1,100 people) each month.  Walt partnered with approximately 100 families in senior high rises and senior recreation centers, a group of doctors deemed in dire need of food or risk hospitalization, to distribute up to 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Senior and Life Solutions Mission statement stated “… help seniors anywhere we can, except medically, have a better tomorrow than today,” This really showed how Walt and his team of volunteers were a welcome respite for the seniors they visited.

Whether Walt was at the food bank, or out and about, he would always end the conversation or visit with his signature send-off.   “Do me a favor… Have a Super Day”. Thank you Walt, for everything you did in our community to bring joy, kindness, and love to everyone you met. You will be missed.

 

Erin Gray
Agency Relations Manager

January 10, 2017

Reaching The Seniors in Underserved Areas in New and Unique Ways!

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

31498119656_6ed165a6b4_oOn December 9th the Table Sixty Committee conducted a Senior and Families Market and Resource Fair.  The Table Sixty Committee consists of staff members from Second Harvest Food Bank, Winter Park Health Foundation, Catholic Charities, United Way, AARP, Seniors First, Senior Resource Alliance and UCF.

The Table Sixty Committee had determined through research that the Old Baldwin Park area near Semoran Blvd in East Orlando has an underserved senior population. The goal was to have a Market and Resource Fair in that area, so that we could talk with and survey the seniors to find what the needs may be in that underserved location.

We contacted The Knights of Columbus which is located in the Old Baldwin Park area and they were gracious enough to allow us to have the food distribution and resource fair at their location.

Dr. Jim Wright created the survey which we used when we spoke with the seniors that attended the event on the 9th.  With the data from the survey we were to find out the 22 of the 25 people that were surveyed have food insecurity.   More than half of the people surveyed did not know about the local food pantries in their area.  And, 19 of the 25 people feel that they do not eat enough fresh produce, and should eat more.

We were very happy with the turnout for our first event targeting a specific population such as the seniors. We are hopeful that we will be able to have more food distributions, and learn more about the seniors in need in the Old Baldwin Park , and surrounding areas.

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January 9, 2017

Over 2,000 families assisted at 8th Annual Holiday Food Drop

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

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Our mission at Second Harvest is to create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while multiplying the generosity of a caring community. We work with our community to erase the food gap that exists in Central Florida between families that have a need but not consistent access to food. This gap would be far worse without our partnership with the Orange County Public School (OCPS) system.

 Each weekday children whose families deal with financial struggles, and the resulting food insecurity issues, receive free or reduced breakfast and lunches. In some areas in Orange County the percentage of low income children is so high that many schools have 90% or more of their students receiving free and reduced lunch.

 Second Harvest Food Bank offers several programs through our Childhood Hunger Programwhich offers hot meals and nonperishable foods afterschool and over the weekends to children with food insecurity is. About eight years ago, Orange County Public Schools contacted Second Harvest to help bridge the gap that is left during the two week school is out for winter break.    Read More …