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May 23, 2017

Warehouse Improvements

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

For the past month shopping for frozen items has looked a little different, and I’m sure the large silver box that has replaced all our freezers has not gone unnoticed. Starting this week agencies will be able to shop out of our brand new cooler/freezer unit. We are so excited about this improvement. The new unit will be able to hold more product and be restocked from behind so that each hour has a variety of frozen and cold product.

May 11, 2017

Freezer Blanket Reminder

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Dear Partner Agencies-

Maintaining the highest level of food safety possible for the vulnerable folks who rely on the Partner Agency Network for food is a bedrock value for all of us.

Maintaining the temperature of frozen product at or below 0 degrees is necessary to prevent thawing and spoilage.  Unfortunately, the high temperatures that we experience nearly year-round in Central Florida isn’t working to our advantage.

The best course of action is to require Partner Agencies without a refrigerated vehicle to utilize either an insulated blanket or coolers to transport frozen product picked up from the food bank.

Partner Agencies who don’t already have this equipment will have the option of sourcing their own insulated blankets, or, purchasing them at our cost through our online inventory.  We are able to secure special pricing through Feeding America’s vendor partnership with Samco Freezerware, and by taking advantage of a quantity discount.

8’ x 8’ heavyweight insulated blankets will be available for $75.00 each.  The code is PUR 911.

Partner Agencies must bring their insulated blanket to SHFB at the time of pickup to protect any frozen product received during transport. The revised MOA,  has a section that includes the frozen product transport policy.

Thank you for being excellent stewards of the food distributed to fight hunger in your communities. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding this change.



Your Agency Relations Team

April 10, 2017

Plantain Waffle Recipe

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Healthy, quick , and delicious! This Plantain Waffle recipe is sure to become a fast favorite. Now we have an easy step by step video showing how YOU can whip up plantain waffles that are just as delicious as Chef Terah’s.


April 10, 2017

Agency Spotlight: United Hearts Church for Nations

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

One of our agencies that we would like to spotlight is United Hearts Church for Nations.   They have been a partner agency with Second Harvest Food Bank since 2014, and serve over 600 individuals each month.  They are open every week, and give a very generous amount of food to the clients that they serve.

A very nice thing about United Hearts Church for Nations is they fill banana boxes full of healthy food, both perishable and non-perishable, so the clients that they serve have a nice selection of food for the week.

Our main contact Valter Calijuri not only seems to think of the client’s needs when he is at the warehouse picking out the product for them, but he also is very kind to the warehouse staff. We are constantly hearing that the staff in the warehouse are appreciative of Valter because not only does he pick up by the loading bay he may have used, but he also sweeps the entire area of all the bay doors.  Those little extra things of kindness are very much appreciated by the Second Harvest team