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March 13, 2017

Your Opinion Matters

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Hello Partner Agencies,

Every year, we conduct an agency customer service survey that helps us improve and examine our current performance across the various food bank departments and programs. The best way for us to assess our performance is by requesting that our Partner Agencies provide their opinions through a survey.

The survey is offered online and should take about 5 minutes to complete. It is confidential, and you can choose to omit sections that ask for your contact information and agency name. Below, you will find a link that will take you to the Survey Monkey survey. We ask that you please fill out all the sections that pertain to you, including those requesting comments.

The more information we receive, the better we can help you in the future. Please remember while you are filling out the survey, there are no wrong answers. We appreciate your honest feedback of the different areas.

If you have any concerns or questions about this survey, please feel free to contact Erin Gray , Egray@feedhopenow.org or 407-514-1045.

The agency customer service survey will run from Thursday February 16th, until Friday May 5th. By participating in this survey, you will be making an important contribution helping Second Harvest Food Bank to improve and serve you better.

Please remember that your opinion counts.

What do you have to do?

Please click on the link below to start the customer survey:

 

Orlando warehouse:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GXPWWFV

Brevard :  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GMYPX5S

Volusia :  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8M63KNJ

 

March 13, 2017

A Spotlight on Senior Hunger

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

This year in Orange County alone, nearly 15,000 seniors face food insecurity. As “baby boomers” move into retirement, these numbers could easily increase. From a population that has helped shape so much advancement and innovation in our day-to-day life, that are grandparents, veterans, teachers, and caregivers, it is heartbreaking to know that there are so many who have to worry about having enough to eat.

An estimated 12% of the senior population in Orange County is thought to struggle with food insecurity, and while it sounds like a low number, it is important to note the effects of hunger on seniors is exponentially more devastating than other age groups.

According to Table 60, an alliance of community organizations, including Second Harvest Food Bank, working together to “alleviate senior hunger through compassionate, collaborative and creative solutions”1, food insecure seniors consume fewer calories and lower quantities of key nutrients, are 50% more likely to be diabetic, are 60% more likely to have a congestive heart failure, and are 3 times more likely to suffer depression. Yet, the cost of providing a senior with enough food to eat for a year costs less than a single day in the hospital.

Thanks to community partnerships, such as Table 60, though, changes are being made to combat that.

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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