May 4, 2018

Don’t forget about your Annual Partner Survey

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team


Hello Agencies,

Don’t forget about our annual survey! You’re feedback is so important to us, and it helps us better serve you and ultimately our community. Below is the link to fill out the survey.

Once a week we are drawing an agency to win 25$ on their account at SHFB. The last day to submit your survey will be May 14th.

Below is the link to take it

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KXNJYD5

 



March 13, 2018

Partner Agency Conference 2018

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

On Thursday March 8th 2018, over 150 Partner Agencies with close to 300 people attended the 3rd Annual Partner Agency Conference at Calvary Orlando. This years theme was Second Harvest Luau and the participants wore their favorite Luau attire and had a great time. We offered 8 breakout sessions and 2 general sessions focusing on Health and Hunger and Advocacy.  A Huge Thank You to all the staff who helped in the planning, facilitating and giving support the day of the event. The volunteers felt loved and supported and learned a lot of valuable information.

We also presented awards to some of our Agencies. The Feed Award went to St Cloud Community Pantry, the Lead Award went to Catholic Charities, the Strengthen Award was awarded to Faith Neighborhood Center, Capacity Building Award went to Hands for Healing, Lifetime Achievement was presented to Jerry Doyle from First Baptist Church of Umatilla and Person of the Year was Chris Assanah from Operation Love Outreach. Our 2018 Hurricane Heroes are No One Hungry-Brevard, Joining Hands in Food Ministry-Lake, Good Samaritan Outreach-Orange, Iglesia Cristiana Renuevo-Osceola, The Picnic Project-Seminole and Provision Packs –Volusia.

 



February 12, 2018

Table 60 Feeds Seniors in Winter Park

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

 

Table 60, the collaborative (bringing together community leaders and advocates for senior hunger) food distribution event geared towards food insecure seniors in Orange County was in full force once again. This most recent event was held on Tuesday, February 6th at the Winter Park Community Center. These events take a village; 60 volunteers joined us from different local Winter Park organizations such as AARP and Winter Park Housing Authority. Seniors were excited about getting their hands on fresh produce, bakery items and non-perishables as 103 seniors participated in this event ultimately feeding over 150 households.Participants were treated to different vendors in addition to receiving food.  Vendors such as AARP, Jewish Family Services and Second Harvest’s very own Chef Terah Barrios talked to the participants about the different services they provide.But in the end it was all the beautiful, bright and tasty food that stole the show, 11,375 pounds worth! Thanks is not enough to all the volunteers, coordinators, Second Harvest staff and vendors who helped put this successful event together.



January 12, 2018

Building Agency Capacity Leads to More Fresh Food Distributed

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is intentionally increasing the output of fresh, healthy food into our community. Thanks to farmers, growers, retail partners and food suppliers, more than 52% of the food distributed last year was fresh! This means more fruits, vegetables, dairy and meats found their way onto the plates of kids, seniors and families in Central Florida.

One way to keep this momentum moving in the right direction is to build capacity at local feeding partners. When food pantries and programs have the right equipment to safely store perishable food, more of our neighbors can enjoy fresh produce, milk, and meat.

Manna Medical recently donated 10 coolers and refrigerators to Second Harvest to share with local pantries, like Shepherd Vision Ministry in Parramore. This weekly feeding program began several years ago when Yolaine Phillip had a vision to lift up her neighborhood. “I saw so much need around the stadium,” she recalls. “I would take people food and try to connect my neighbors with different organizations.”

Last year, the organization lost its only refrigerator when they relocated to a new building. They used to include produce in their weekly distribution, like apples, potatoes and other items. Now they can only distribute basic pantry items. When Yolaine received a call that a refrigerator was available, she came the same day to pick it up.

“This is a blessing to so many people,” Yolaine said. “Thank you, very much.”

It may be one small change, but over time, these donated refrigerators will cause a ripple effect throughout the community. With each bag of produce or gallon of milk, a family in need will be fed and nourished, thanks to you.

If you are an agency who could increase your capacity by serving more fruits, vegetables and meats with the help of a cold storage unit please send your requests to fdelgado@feedhopenow.org