As part of our strategic expansion, Cocoa PAL joins Club Esteem in Melbourne, becoming the second Kids Cafe in the county.
PAL is a youth crime prevention program that utilizes educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth.
The Kids Cafe program provides nutritious, USDA meal pattern compliant meals to youngsters in under-served communities. Meals are served in the late afternoon and are intended to supplement school lunches as well as to enhance community centers that have ongoing enrichment activities.
Second Harvest partners with 26 locations in four counties to feed over 2,000 kids every weekday from Monday through Friday.
That’s enough kids to fill the Amway Center twice each month!
Special thanks to Delores McLaughlin, Director of Alliance for Neighborhood Restoration for her hard work and persistence in making this happen.
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February 14, 2017
When you are at the Orlando Warehouse and there is something you need help with, you are in a jam, or you just need a hug, who do you think of?
We have an answer for you! Ricardo Robledo!
Here at Second Harvest, Ricardo is our “go to guy”, he is the Second Harvest Warehouse manager. A typical day at work includes overseeing the drivers, warehouse staff, making sure mobile drops are sent out on time, TEFAP, the agency mart, and deliveries. He’s been a part of what we do at Second Harvest for 22 years, and in that time has a made a tremendous impact on the agencies and staff he has worked with.
I got the chance to ask some of the agencies about Ricardo and what I repeatedly heard was that he’s always willing to go the extra mile, take the extra time, and put in the extra work to help the agencies feed more people in their communities.
When asked what his favorite part of the job was, he said “All the agencies that come through the doors of our warehouse are special, they each help the community in unique ways, and getting to be a part of that is what keeps me excited about coming to work every day.”
February 7, 2017
As a food bank, we are preparing ourselves to work with others in the community who want to make an impact on community health. Along with providing nutrition education, we will distribute as much nutrient-rich food as possible into the communities we serve. With the help of our partner agency network, we distributed 18 million pounds of fresh produce in the last year alone.
We’ve recently compiled a list of shelf-stable items that can be ordered through our Power Purchase (PUR) program. These items align with Feeding America’s Foods to Encourage (F2E) framework. The F2E framework supports USDA’s MyPlate recommendations for consuming more fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.
When making your order, we encourage you to select more of these items to promote better health for the clients you serve. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact our Nutrition Manager at email@example.com.
January 25, 2017
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.
Agency Relations Manager