Archive for the 'Volusia County' Category

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

December 12, 2016

Conference Update: Looking for Agency Photos!

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

conference-jpegWe are a quarter of the way full! We will be accepting RSVP’s until January 9th, don’t forget to mark your calendars and email fdelgado@feedhopenow.org with your RSVP. As we prepare for the conference we are working on something special to celebrate each agency attending. If you have any group pictures of volunteers, or a distribution in action please send them to pdelacruz@feedhopenow.org

 

November 9, 2016

What is the Partner Agency Conference?

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

confer  The goal of this conference is to Engage, Empower and Energize our partner agencies by giving them resources, support, education  and a networking experience. Last year 100 agencies met together at our Orlando location to connect with the food bank and with each other. We have expanded this event for 2017 and will be inviting all of our partner agencies to participate. Our location for this year’s event is Calvary Orlando in Winter Park, Florida.

This event will include presentations from Robin Safely, Executive Director of Feeding Florida who oversees the fight against hunger in Florida with a statewide network of 14 member food banks, and Dr. Thomas Byer, who is an associate professor in the School of Public Administration at UCF who will share his research and expertise on the importance of networking and collaborating to meet goals.

We will offer workshops on Volunteer Management, Healthy Eating, Childhood Hunger, Networking and Pantry Best Practices and will provide an opportunity to network with over 200 other Second Harvest Agencies.

We will also be recognizing our agencies for going above and beyond and will be presenting some special awards to agencies in all 6 counties.

Lunch will be provided and an exciting and empowering event is being planned for all.

The capacity for this event is 250 so please RSVP as soon as registration opens on November 14th.

Please join us at this special event where we can thank you and encourage you to continue in our joint missions of fighting hunger and feeding hope!

November 9, 2016

An Impact Beyond Generations

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

grandparentsMr. and Mrs. Larry Hardy of Sanford, Fl. have 8 of their grandchildren in their direct custody and currently 5 of them attend the Midway Safe Harbor Center after-school program (7 of them are shown in the photo with Mr. Hardy as he is picking them up from the center).  Mr. Hardy stated that the basis of support for his kids starts with a firm religious foundation of which he ensures that they gain necessary exposure.   He also said that education is the key to their future and he appreciates how much the center provides in that area.

He went on to say that the food provided from the Second Harvest Food Bank to the center is a tremendous help to the daily nutritional needs of his kids because they are served a hot healthy five component meal on a daily basis throughout the school year. Additionally, he appreciates the periodic opportunity to get the free fresh produce that is given to the center for distribution to the children.  He further stated that the cost savings in his kids being fed during the year at the center is a great help to the family budget that he and his wife manage.

He expresses many thanks to those who extend the services and support of these organizations.