High inflation leaves food banks struggling to meet needs
Kevin Fowler organizes food at a food bank distribution by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, in Cleveland. The pandemic forced roughly 60 million Americans to seek help for food insecurity, according to Feeding America. At the end of 2021, as hiring boomed, demand for food banks returned to regular levels. “So we are working extra hard to reach people who have the deepest food insecurity rates. He said it can be difficult to witness first hand the scale of the food insecurity in his community when helping with distributions at a mobile food bank.wftv.com
Orlando mayor to dedicate Friday as Walt Disney World Day
ORLANDO, Fla. — Get ready to celebrate Walt Disney World Day. On Friday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will be joined by city commissioners, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and other elected officials to present an official proclamation to Walt Disney World Resort. The proclamation will honor the resort’s 50th anniversary and declare Friday as Walt Disney World Day. Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle will receive the official proclamation. READ: New Cirque du Soleil show ‘Drawn to Life’ takes flight at Disney Springs“For 50 years, Walt Disney World Resort has served as a beacon of hope and happiness in the Central Florida area, bringing the beloved magic found across the resort to children and families in our neighboring communities,” a news release states.wftv.com
9 ways you can help those in need during Hunger Action Month
Food bank Second Harvest said its Food Finder tool is being used more now than ever before. (wftv.com)ORLANDO, Fla. — September is Hunger Action Month and Second Harvest Food Bank has a long list of ideas for you to help feed the need. The food bank said the need for donations is still heightened due to the economic impacts of the pandemic. READ: ‘Just fell in love with her’: Firefighter adopts cat he rescued from Pet Alliance fireAs part of Hunger Action Month, Second Harvest is asking the community to help “Stock the Shelves” this September. “Every action taken this Hunger Action Month feeds hope in our community.”READ: ‘What in the world?’: A warning about an online property listing scamHere are nine ways Second Harvest says you can help:1.wftv.com
Mercy Kitchen to produce up to 50,000 meals for Central Florida families in need
Executives with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, the nonprofit running the production kitchen, says they’re going to use the facility to help more families in need. At the height of the pandemic, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida distributed about 300,000 meals a day through its other facilities. Orange County delegated $8M of its CARES Act funding to Second Harvest Food Bank. It wasn’t a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new space, but an unboxing of the different packages Second Harvest Food Bank provides to children and families. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a nonprofit organization.
New refrigerated truck delivers hundreds of meals to Seminole County families in need
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida handed out hundreds of pounds of food in Altamonte Springs on Wednesday by using a brand-new refrigerated truck donated by Darden Restaurants. The truck was donated in January and on Wednesday, it made its first delivery. [WATCH: Darden Restaurants donates mobile pantry to Second Harvest Food Bank]Cars lined up as early as 6 a.m. outside the Apostolic Church of Jesus. Second Harvest Food Bank handed out 96 million meals throughout Central Florida within the last year. Works said the new truck will help them get even more food out to the community.
Second Harvest delivers millions of meals during pandemic while questions over funding loom
Food goes out as quickly as it comes in at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida warehouse. Greg Higgerson with Second Harvest said since the beginning of the pandemic, they have delivered thousands of meals a day to their partner food pantries. “We are optimistic that those people who can help will continue to help,” Higgerson said. Click here if you would like to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. Higgerson said the food bank can turn every $1 donated into four meals.
Florida Foodie: How Second Harvest Food Bank is preparing for hurricane season
It has forced millions of furloughs and lay offs across the state, forcing people onto unemployment, unable to make ends meet. Second Harvest Food Bank is working to help bridge the gap for those people. The food bank is seeing roughly double the amount the families it would normally help. News 6 spoke with Dave Krepcho, the president and CEO of Second Harvest, to talk about the need for food assistance here in Central Florida. He also talked about how the food bank is preparing for hurricane season amid this pandemic and how people can get involved in helping those in need.
Plan to Feed 5,000 Families Turns Palm Coast City Hall Into Relief Central
The irony is, Holland said, Feed Flagler, we wanted the community to come together for a Thanksgiving meal, to come out and enjoy their locations. But just as governments have been reassigned staffers to different jobs in hopes of preserving their job, Palm Coast has reassigned spaces, too. Its quite an operation, says Lisa Asbill, a customer service supervisor whos been putting in time with Feed Palm Coast. The city is hoping to have 3,000 boxes of food ready by May 2. Were never going to have enough food frankly in our community to feed the need that we have currently, Holland said.flaglerlive.com
Ways to get free food near Kissimmee if you missed out on Tuesday's produce giveaway
click to enlarge Photo via City of Kissimmee Government/Facebookclick to enlarge Image via Second Harvest's Free Food LocatorThe city of Kissimmee on Tuesday hosted a free produce giveaway by drive-thru pickup line. The program is a partnership between the Senior Resource Alliance, nine Central Florida nonprofit agencies, local restaurants and the hospitality industry. Lynx also began complimentary transportation services to food sites in late March to parents and students who ride together. To avoid the bus fare, parents must inform the driver they're going to the school for breakfast or lunch. Second Harvest food bank's Food Locator tool gives location information in English and Spanish for various food pantries and pickups and Second Harvest remains the best food resource to follow, and donate to , right now.orlandoweekly.com
Organizations partner to distribute 33,000 pounds of food locally
To accommodate locally, FAITH Neighborhood Center and Second Harvest have added special food drops to the mix when possible. GROVELAND The FAITH Neighborhood Center in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank plans to distribute 33,000 pounds of food to Lake County residents in need on Friday. To accommodate locally, the center and Second Harvest have added special food drops to the mix when possible. Last Wednesday, a food drop like the one planned for Friday put 33,000 pounds of food in the hands of local residents. According to Fry, the food Second Harvest has been providing for these food drops include healthy and necessary items and some that are currently hard to find.dailycommercial.com