Archive for the 'Orange County' 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.

June 18, 2018

Summer Feeding Fun with Rep. Stephanie Murphy

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

During the summer, the most vulnerable students are given access to meals through Second Harvest Food Bank’s Summer Food Service Program across our six-county service area. These students spend their summers eating healthy food, being with friends and preventing the dreaded brain drain.

Last week, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) visited one of the Summer Food Service sites in Seminole County with her staff. She took part in the lunchtime distribution of meals, ensuring students had a selection of either strawberry or the much-desired chocolate milk.

After distributing the milk, Rep. Murphy was able to sit down with students ranging from kindergarten to middle school to find out their favorite parts of the day. She taught them what a Congresswoman does on a day-to-day basis, too.

Congresswoman Murphy and her staff helped feed a healthy balanced meal to nearly 200 children at Midway Safe Harbor in Sanford. In Seminole County, 18.2% (roughly 57,730) of all children under 18 are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Hunger never takes a vacation. And through sites like this one, Second Harvest is able to provide kids with a meal so they can continue to be our future.

 

 

March 13, 2018

Partner Agency Conference 2018

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

On Thursday March 8th 2018, over 150 Partner Agencies with close to 300 people attended the 3rd Annual Partner Agency Conference at Calvary Orlando. This years theme was Second Harvest Luau and the participants wore their favorite Luau attire and had a great time. We offered 8 breakout sessions and 2 general sessions focusing on Health and Hunger and Advocacy.  A Huge Thank You to all the staff who helped in the planning, facilitating and giving support the day of the event. The volunteers felt loved and supported and learned a lot of valuable information.

We also presented awards to some of our Agencies. The Feed Award went to St Cloud Community Pantry, the Lead Award went to Catholic Charities, the Strengthen Award was awarded to Faith Neighborhood Center, Capacity Building Award went to Hands for Healing, Lifetime Achievement was presented to Jerry Doyle from First Baptist Church of Umatilla and Person of the Year was Chris Assanah from Operation Love Outreach. Our 2018 Hurricane Heroes are No One Hungry-Brevard, Joining Hands in Food Ministry-Lake, Good Samaritan Outreach-Orange, Iglesia Cristiana Renuevo-Osceola, The Picnic Project-Seminole and Provision Packs –Volusia.

 

January 12, 2018

Building Agency Capacity Leads to More Fresh Food Distributed

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is intentionally increasing the output of fresh, healthy food into our community. Thanks to farmers, growers, retail partners and food suppliers, more than 52% of the food distributed last year was fresh! This means more fruits, vegetables, dairy and meats found their way onto the plates of kids, seniors and families in Central Florida.

One way to keep this momentum moving in the right direction is to build capacity at local feeding partners. When food pantries and programs have the right equipment to safely store perishable food, more of our neighbors can enjoy fresh produce, milk, and meat.

Manna Medical recently donated 10 coolers and refrigerators to Second Harvest to share with local pantries, like Shepherd Vision Ministry in Parramore. This weekly feeding program began several years ago when Yolaine Phillip had a vision to lift up her neighborhood. “I saw so much need around the stadium,” she recalls. “I would take people food and try to connect my neighbors with different organizations.”

Last year, the organization lost its only refrigerator when they relocated to a new building. They used to include produce in their weekly distribution, like apples, potatoes and other items. Now they can only distribute basic pantry items. When Yolaine received a call that a refrigerator was available, she came the same day to pick it up.

“This is a blessing to so many people,” Yolaine said. “Thank you, very much.”

It may be one small change, but over time, these donated refrigerators will cause a ripple effect throughout the community. With each bag of produce or gallon of milk, a family in need will be fed and nourished, thanks to you.

If you are an agency who could increase your capacity by serving more fruits, vegetables and meats with the help of a cold storage unit please send your requests to fdelgado@feedhopenow.org