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

Don’t Forget About those Quarterly Reports!!

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Don’t forget that every three months your Quarterly statistics are due, you can submit these through the same portal you place your order through. Below is a step by step guide on how to submit your quarterly reports. Without these submitted by the first week of the new quarter you will not be able to order.


If you have any questions or need help contact your agency representative.


April 10, 2017

Senior Market and Resource Fair

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

On April 3rd the Table 60 Group, Second Harvest and Iglesia Bautista El Camino hosted their second Senior Mobile Drop in the Old Baldwin Park area.

One of Second Harvest’s Partner Agency, Iglesia Bautista “El Camino”,  generously offered to host the drop to the seniors. When the Second Harvest staff members arrived to help at the drop we were pleasantly surprised at how many volunteers Iglesia Bautista El Camino had come to help distribute food throughout the day.

Ruben Martinez, the main contact for Iglesia Bautista El Camino, stated that the church went to other churches, and community centers to pass out flyers and to get the word out about the drop to the seniors.

There was a nice assortment of food that was distributed to the seniors and families in the neighborhood, such as produce, frozen chicken, canned product, bakery items and assorted fruit juices.   Some of the families had to make a couple of trips to their cars, because it was difficult to carry everything in one trip.

One of the goals of the senior food drop was to let the families in that area know about food pantries available. We feel that the goal was achieved as not only did they learn about Iglesia Bautisa El Camino, but our contact from Catholic Charities John Bonfiglio came by and introduced himself, and let people know about the pantry they have.   This was a great example of collaboration between the two agencies, and also of sharing resources with the clients.

This drop because of the collaboration between all the different agencies we were able to distribute over 30,000 pounds of food and feed over 400 individuals in the Old Baldwin Park area.

April 10, 2017

Hunger + Health: Health and Nutrition Resources

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Are you interested in learning more about hunger and health? Would you like to share resources or implement changes that promote healthy behaviors for clients?

Visit Hunger + Health. This resourceful website highlights health-related work centered around food insecurity that is happening across the country through the Feeding America network.

Below are a few resources you may find useful. You can also find toolkits, research and other relevant information at Hunger + Health.


Nudges, or environmental cues such as signage, colors, packaging and product placement, have been identified as factors that influence what people choose. Learn how to implement nudges at your agency to promote fresh fruits and vegetables, hard-to-move items and to make the healthy choice, the easy choice for your clients.   

Video: Nutrition and Health Strategy “Nudges”

The Power of Nudges: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice in Food Pantries

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