Healthy Pantry of the Year Award

Metro West Church of the Nazarene-Herald of Hope

Congratulations to Metro West Church of the Nazarene-Herald of Hope for being named the 2019 Healthy Pantry of the Year at the Partner Agency Conference.

This partner agency goes above and beyond to run a large food pantry distribution utilizing only volunteer assistance.  This year they’ve continued to be an active member of the WO Healthy Pantry Network and have worked diligently to implement health focused practices into their entire distribution process. They also work with Cheyanna in supporting a school market in their area. They’re one of the leading pantries in Orange County for pounds distributed per year. 

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2019 Second Harvest Food Bank Person of the Year Lourdes Ortiz-Serrano from Deltona Spanish SDA

2019 Second Harvest Food Bank Person of the YearLourdes Ortiz-Serrano from Deltona Spanish SDA

Lourdes Ortiz Serrano from Deltona Spanish SDA has a lifelong passion to help feed people, especially those who face other struggles other than food insecurity. She directs one of the largest agencies in West Volusia, feeding the community thru regular distributions and monthly mobile drops.

Lourdes recognizes the large population of migrant workers in the Pierson area of Volusia County. Not only are these families facing food insecurity and low income, they also struggle with transportation, a language and cultural barrier and other struggles.  

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2019 East Orange Agency of the Year – Woodbury Presbyterian Church

Woodbury Presbyterian Church

Congratulations to Woodbury Food Pantry for being awarded the 2019 East Orange Agency of the Year. This Partner Agency is our strongest in East Orange. They are committed to feeding the community around them. Every week this agencies volunteer team starts their day at 5am transforming their sanctuary into a client choice food pantry where in a few short hours, 500 clients receive their weekly groceries. They distributed 360,692lbs of food last year equaling over 300,000 meals to their clients. Their commitment and consistency in distributing food has made a huge impact in the East Orange community.

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Brevard County Agency of the Year..Hummingbird Pantry!

Congratulations to Hummingbird Pantry for being named 2019 Brevard County Agency of the Year at the Partner Agency Conference. Here is a little information about this amazing agency.

In early 2017 Regina Stafford from Hummingbird Pantry was operating thrift store and small pantry in a 1,000 sq ft storefront in Titusville.  Being that Titusville is considered a food desert based on the accessibility of groceries to those experiencing food insecurity, as a part of her goal to meet the community needs she also became a Second Harvest partner.

In 2018 needing a larger facility, she approached the city of Titusville to help her with a new location, they granted her to take over the kitchen and community rooms of Riverview Elementary as the school is no longer in operation.

Now with a 7,300 sq ft facility and adequate parking lot, Hummingbird began conducting mobile drops to get food to those in need quicker.

Being that Titusville as a good distance from the Melbourne warehouse, Regina championed to be a produce hub for Titusville where they’ll accept direct load of produce and coordinate with the surrounding Titusville pantries to pick it up from her, thus making it much easier to get healthy food to the community.  Faced with the extra expenses and equipment needs to do so, Regina didn’t bat an eye.

Since 2018 Hummingbird has distributed more than 90,000lbs of food, a 500% increase from the previous year.

It is an honor to work in partnership with Hummingbird Pantry. Congratulations on this well deserved honor.