Archive for the 'Summer Food Program' Category

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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April 7, 2016

Free Food for Children This Summer

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Summer Food Sites 2016The Summer Food Child Feeding Program starts June 9th.

This is your opportunity to partner with us to help feed needy children while school is out for summer break.

Second Harvest Food Bank is actively seeking sites in Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties.

FREE lunches, snacks and breakfasts can be delivered to your site during the approximately 50 days of summer.

If you are interested, please contact us smaldonado@feedhopenow.org.  We will then provide more information and an application form.

For more information on the Summer Food Program, follow this link: http://www.summerfoodflorida.org/

 

August 12, 2015

The Art of Midway’s Kids Cafe

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Midway Safe Harbor is just that, a sheltered cove of hope for children in this Sanford community.

Midway ArtOur after school feeding partnership began in 2008. Fast forward thousands upon thousands of meals later, and in 2011 Midway doubled down by joining us to serve children during the summer.

This past June we asked the youngsters to put on their artistic and creative hats by encouraging them to draw on rectangular trays.

A blank canvas is a playground for a child’s imagination.

We underestimated the sheer volume of artwork that would come our way. Pictured are just a few.

We thank Community Educator John Coleman and the rest of Midway’s dedicated staff and volunteers.

We especially thank the youngsters for taking the time to express themselves.

 

July 24, 2015

Breakfasts, Lunches, and Snacks Now Being Served at Over 60 Locations

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

SFSP 60 locationsDuring the month of June, Second Harvest served 68,300 meals to approximately 3,000 youngsters at 66 different Summer Food locations in three counties. That’s close to 100,000 pounds of food in the first 22 operational days!

The Summer Food Service Program for Children, known in Florida as the “Summer BreakSpot,”is a freshly prepared food program that helps bridge the nutritional gap during school vacation when children lack access to school cafeterias.

For the first time in its 8-year sponsorship of the program, Second Harvest is not only preparing fresh summer meals in its community kitchen, but also offering them up at selected locations from the window of a customized food truck making multiple stops.  Historically, the challenges faced by this state-reimbursed program have been geography and awareness. The mobile feeding model is flexible; it can be rerouted and scheduled as needed.

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