Second Harvest Food Bank seeking hundreds of volunteers to meet growing demand
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is looking for hundreds of volunteers to help meet the growing demand from the community. The organization said inflation and rising rent prices are causing more and more families to reach out for help. That means the food bank needs more help to meet the need. Read: Second Harvest Food Bank partners with Sysco to feed hundreds of Brevard County familiesClick here for more information on how you can volunteer. WATCH: Volunteers help prepare hurricane disaster relief packs for Second Harvest Food Bank Hurricane season is underway in Florida.wftv.com
Second Harvest Food Bank partners with Sysco to feed hundreds of Brevard County families
VIDEO: Second Harvest Food Bank partners with Sysco to feed hundreds of Brevard County families Second Harvest Food Bank says they’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of people using their online search tool to find assistance with food. (WFTV.com News Staff/WFTV)PALM BAY, Fla. — From March to April, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida says they’ve seen a 12 percent increase in searches for food assistance using their online tool. According to Second Harvest, one in seven adults, or one in five children will go hungry on any given day. To help, food distributor Sysco partnered with Second Harvest Tuesday for a food distribution event in Palm Bay. Posted by Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida on Tuesday, May 17, 2022READ: Gas prices break another recordAlong with nonprofit organization Hands for Healing, Second Harvest and Sysco provided enough prepared meals to to feed as many as 500 households.wftv.com
Second Harvest partners with letter carriers to ‘Stamp out Hunger’
ORLANDO, Fla. — Just in time for summer break, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has teamed up with the National Association of Letter Carriers to collect nonperishable items to help stock shelves at food pantries across Central Florida. The annual event aims to stamp out hunger and assist families in need during the summer break. Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 8 Second Harvest - Stamp Out HungerOn Saturday, postal carriers picked up donations on their routes, and Second Harvest volunteers were standing by to sort the food for distribution. Read: Happening this weekend: Wine tasting event to support big catsDonations will be delivered to the nonprofit’s network of more than 500 feeding partner sites.wftv.com
“The need is incredible”: Local Rotary Clubs celebrate 1 million meals provided for food bank
ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida Rotary Clubs say they’ve collectively given enough donations for Second Harvest Food Bank to provide 1 million meals for families in need. In stepped the Rotarians- members of the Rotary Clubs of Central Florida. How did Second Harvest Food Bank distribute 97 million meals last year? “We’ve done food collections at grocery stores and had all that food come to Second Harvest Food Bank,” Gainer said. The food bank, in turn, used the money and food donations to feed as many people as possible.wftv.com
1K Thanksgiving turkeys donated to Second Harvest Food Bank
Turkey donation Second Harvest Food Bank received a donation of 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys on Friday.
(WFTV.com News Staff)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Second Harvest Food Bank received a donation of 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys on Friday.
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Larson out front as face of Hendrick charitable initiatives
Larson on Wednesday traveled across the Carolinas to present $280,000 to three different food banks as part of the Hendrick Cares social responsibility initiative. Larson presented the Second Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte with $150,000, a check for $50,000 to the Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston, South Carolina, and $80,000 to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh. Rick Hendrick offered Larson his second chance once NASCAR lifted Larson's suspension, and Larson joined Hendrick Motorsports unsponsored. As he's rebuilt his image, the Hendrick group has made him the face of its charitable initiatives. Hendrick Cares has also started another program this year built around Larson called "Hendrick, Get Set.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
SimplyIOA Corporate 5K
ORLANDO, Fla. — Join WFTV 9 Family Connection and our partners Gold Key Roofing, Fun Spot America, Stanley Steemer and The UPS Store for the Track Shack SimplyIOA Corporate 5k on September 30th at Lake Eola! Over 700 local companies form teams to run, walk, and give to our neighbors in need. Join the Track Shack Fitness Club team! Proceeds are donated to the Track Shack Youth Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Regisiter today: https://www.trackshack.com/event/90Run DetailsThursday, September 30, 20216:15 pm: 5k Runners Start – on Central Blvd6:30 pm: 5k Walkers Start – on Eola Dr.7:00 pm: Awards at Gold ZoneLake Eola Orlando, FL 32801©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
SimplyIOA Corporate 5K
ORLANDO, Fla. — Join 27 Community Connection and our partners Abercrombie, P.A., ACR Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Karma Roofing & Restoration, and McCoy Federal Credit Union for the Track Shack SimplyIOA Corporate 5k on September 30th at Lake Eola! Over 700 local companies form teams to run, walk, and give to our neighbors in need. Join the Track Shack Fitness Club team! Proceeds are donated to the Track Shack Youth Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Regisiter today: https://www.trackshack.com/event/90Run DetailsThursday, September 30, 20216:15 pm: 5k Runners Start – on Central Blvd6:30 pm: 5k Walkers Start – on Eola Dr.7:00 pm: Awards at Gold ZoneLake Eola Orlando, FL 32801©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Collaborations keep food delivery organizations going during pandemic
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is still providing 300,000 meals every day, more than twice the number than before the pandemic. They’re just part of the many organizations that first teamed up during the COVID-19 crisis, and whose mission and purpose haven’t lessened. READ: Woman, 70, faces homelessness after rent increased at Osceola County extended stayA mobile distribution with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida allows them to expand that reach. It’s just a glimpse of the 550-partner network across six counties fighting hunger with Second Harvest, which is on track to provide 100 million meals since the start of the pandemic. Second Harvest said food distributions two to three times a day will continue indefinitely.wftv.com
Help “Fill the Need” and feed children this summer
Fill the Need Fill the Need 2020 (Second Harvest Food Bank)ORLANDO, Fla. — Join WFTV 9 Family Connection and our partners Gold Key Roofing, Fun Spot America, Stanley Steemer and The UPS Store for the 2021 “Fill the Need” Summer Food Drive. 9 Family Connection is the exclusive television partner for this initiative. WFTV 9 Family Connection is proud to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank and Goodwill Industries of Central Florida once again to help feed local families this summer. Starting now and running through June 27th, when you donate gently used clothes and household goods to Goodwill, you can also drop off non-perishable food items which will help Second Harvest Food Bank feed local families over the summer. To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank, visit www.feedhopenow.org.wftv.com
Brevard County woman describes food insecurity during pandemic to Congress
Food insecurity A Brevard County woman brought her pandemic struggle with food insecurity to the entire country on Wednesday. (Rachel Wilson)BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A Brevard County woman brought her pandemic struggle with food insecurity to the entire country on Wednesday. As a virtual witness for a special U.S. House subcommittee, “The Future of SNAP: Moving Past the Pandemic,” single mom Rachel Wilson shared her struggle from poverty to steady work as a hair stylist. She joined several speakers who told members of Congress how critical that help has been. “SNAP is an integral part of getting the economy back on track,” said Dr. Lauren Bauer, with the Brookings Institution.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.
Guinness donates to Orlando’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
One of the organizations selected was Orlando’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Officials baked and donated “brewers bread” to an area food bank when food scarcity concerns began to rise. “We are so grateful to Guinness for their incredibly generous donation to feed those who are facing hunger in Central Florida. Their support locally will provide over 200,000 meals to help children, families, seniors put food on their table in the coming weeks,” a Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida spokesperson said. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has a number of ways you can help, including making a financial donation, volunteering or organizing a food and fun drive.
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.
Darden Restaurants donates mobile pantry to Second Harvest food bank
ORLANDO, Fla. – Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida was one of five food banks across the country to receive a new mobile food pantry from Darden Restaurants. Officials with Second Harvest and Darden unveiled the new refrigerated box truck on Wednesday. The other food banks that also received a mobile food pantry are Feeding the Valley Food Bank in Midland, Georgia, Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana in Shreveport, Louisiana, Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, Tennessee and San Antonio Food Bank in San Antonio, Texas. Krepcho said Second Harvest will use the mobile food pantry to target areas with high levels of food insecurity, including communities of color. Click here if you would like to donate to Second Harvest.
‘I’ll be glad to eat food tonight:’ Hundreds of families receive free meals at Apopka Farm Share food giveaway
APOPKA, Fla. – Hundreds of families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic lined up at Apopka High School Saturday morning to receive free meals. “A blessing, a blessing, a blessing. I’ll be glad to eat food tonight and sit at the table with my neighbors and have a good meal,” Garrison said. State Senator Randolph Bracy and Apopka High School’s PTSA teamed up with Farm Share to hold the event. Tre Wade, Apopka High School’s PTSA president, said the community is hurting.
Second Harvest to replace stolen meat at DeLand church food pantry
The church purchases the food from Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and hosts distribution events. People who are furloughed and laid off, that’s on top of people that needed help before the pandemic,” chief development officer of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Greg Higgerson said. After hearing about the burglary in DeLand, Second Harvest Food Bank is getting results, replacing more than 2,000 pounds of meat that was stolen or damaged. They said monetary donations are best because they can buy food in bulk from Second Harvest Food Bank at discounted prices. To donate, call the church at 386-736-7100 or call Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida at 407-295-1066.
$500 worth of meat, steaks stolen from food pantry at DeLand church
Five-hundred dollars worth of food was stolen from the DeLand Open Bible Church Ministry Center, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. DeLAND, Fla. – Meat and steaks valued at $500 were stolen from the food pantry at DeLand Open Bible Church Ministry Center, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said someone broke into the church’s food pantry on Spring Garden Avenue last week. Deputies said the burglar or burglars went through the pantry and tossed food on the floor and stole steaks and other various meats from the refrigerators. Deputies said anyone interested in donating to the church or the Second Harvest Food Bank can call the church at 386-736-7100 or the food bank at 407-295-1066.
35,000 meals packed for kids in need to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Hundreds of boxes were packed with food and rolled out to help feed kids in Central Florida. Friday’s packing and distribution event is part of Orange County’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pre-day of service event with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. King was all about service to man kind so this is what this initiative is doing,” said Demings. Volunteers packed 35,000 meals that will be distributed throughout Central Florida to kids who are getting assistance through the Head Start program. With CARES ACT funding, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has been able to expand its outreach and increase production to help families in need.
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.
Here’s how the latest COVID-19 relief package could benefit nonprofit organizations
ORLANDO, Fla. – Monday night’s deal reached in Congress for a new stimulus package will be showing some strong support for small business owners and for nonprofit organizations. Funding from the new round of COVID-19 relief will go toward small businesses, including minority-owned businesses, nonprofits, and food assistance programs to help them recover from the pandemic. “In that package, there is some funding for food assistance programs, much like SNAP, which is formerly known as food stamps. Essentially, what happens in the bill is that they’ve allocated $13 billion for SNAP and other food assistance programs.”According to the organization, the current bill would provide them funding through the SNAP federal food assistance program. The much-anticipated federal relief funding also includes $15 billions to help independent movie theaters, cultural institutions and live venues like the Amway Center and Camping World Stadium, which weren’t included in the first round of COVID-19 relief funding.
12 ways to give back to Orlando this holiday season
This list is by no means exhaustive, and we both beg your pardon if we've omitted some local dynamos as well as encourage you to make your own "12 Ways" lists. But if you are able, try to give something this year and restore a tiny bit of magic to a very strange holiday season. Furloughed and laid-off "cast members" can make appointments to visit the pantry and receive free groceries, pet food and baby supplies. Greater Orlando Performing Arts Reliefgopar.orgGreater Orlando Performing Arts Relief is a newer charitable organization dedicated to assisting local arts and entertainment industry workers who have seen their livelihood dramatically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, but it's not simply for pandemic relief. And it's a mission the staff at the two Center locations in Orlando and Kissimmee are deeply committed to.orlandoweekly.com
Second Harvest Food Bank CEO fears food supply shortages next year amid pandemic
Food insecurity has risen significantly around the country after the coronavirus pandemic caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs. Non-profits, like Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, have been doing what they can to help people in need of food, but the supply is beginning to stretch thin. “In the first quarter of 2021, we may face a massive food cliff in terms of supply,” Krepcho said. “We don’t know how long the community can continue to support us.”If you’d like to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, just head to FeedHopeNow.org. Click or tap here to see other interviews and discussions.
Second Harvest Food Bank gives away 1,000 turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving season has kicked off at Second Harvest Food Bank as 1,000 frozen turkeys were distributed throughout the community. “This comes just in time for Thanksgiving for a lot of families that are struggling in these economic times,” Second Harvest Food Bank Chief Development Officer Greg Higgerson said. “It’s going to be a big, big help,” Higgerson said. As many as 40% of the people who need help with food right now are looking for food for the first time in their lives,” Higgerson said. In addition to the frozen turkeys, Second Harvest also donated other food items to help complete Thanksgiving meals.
Disney bloggers raise $61,000 to help feed cast members impacted by COVID-19 pandemic
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Hundreds of Disney cast members and families struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic received free meals on Friday after Disney bloggers raised thousands of dollars in a virtual food drive. The Disney Tourist Blog teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to hold the virtual fundraiser. The blog launched the virtual food drive to help thousands of cast members who were furloughed or laid off. Spence said donations for this virtual food drive came from all over the country. Click here to donate to the Disney Tourist Blog virtual food drive.
Helping others avoid hunger is common denominator for team at Second Harvest
In Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, provides food to more than 550 food banks across Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. In 1992, he decided to join a local food bank. Today, 28 years after starting his journey to help others, he’s the Director of Operations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. No matter what it is.”Since the start of the pandemic, Second Harvest Food Bank has distributed about 41 million meals in almost 7 months. “I see a lot of folks out there where they’re in need and by me being in here I could do something to help,” Robledo, a father of two, said.
High demand for drive-thru food pantries continues
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – In just the past few weeks, some big names in Central Florida announced major layoffs, which puts a new pinch on area drive-thru food pantries. Greg Higgerson serves as the chief development officer at Second Harvest Food Bank, where they’re still handing out around 300,000 meals a day, which is about double their pre-pandemic workload. [TRENDING: DeSantis to lift restaurant limits in Fla. | Here’s how to track your mail-in ballot | How can I tell difference between flu and COVID-19?] “It’s the line of cars that tell us the real story out there,” he said. “It will be felt for a long time after the disease is taken care of.”A Coronavirus Disaster Relief account has been set up at Second Harvest Food Bank and you can donate here.
Thousands of Central Florida theme park employees are suddenly out of work. Here's a list of resources to help
Disney-focused bloggers Sarah and Tom Bricker created a virtual fundraiser with local food pantry Second Harvest Food Bank. Now the Central Florida resident is helping launch a second food pantry for affected cast members in Southern California. Cast Member Pantry is on Facebook and Twitter, and maintains an Amazon Wishlist and a Venmo. It then provides resources to any affected cast members who need assistance in providing for their animal pals. Recent posts have noted that there is a need for flea/tick medication.Unite Here Local 362 and Local 737 represent thousands of Central Florida hospitality workers.orlandoweekly.com
Residents continue to rely on drive-thru food pantries months after being furloughed
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a massive need for food assistance in Central Florida. It was a similar scene in Osceola County, where Advance Senior Center and Second Harvest Food Bank hosted a drive-thru food pantry. Since mid-March, Second Harvest Food Bank has provided 22 million meals and a new study shows they are seeing nearly 50% more people in Central Florida who are hungry. Erika Spence and Second Harvest Food Bank helped give out around 500 meals at the event. To donate to Second Harvest Food Bank, click here.
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.
Here’s how Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida helps the community
Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, the food supply has been a top priority and still very much is. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is doing its part to help the community in a massive way. Every day, it’s pumping out 300,000 meals to families in need, doubling the pre-virus volume. Dave Krepcho, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida CEO, was News 6 anchor Justin Warmoth’s guest on “The Weekly On ClickOrlando.com.” Krepcho said he doesn’t expect the need for food to slow down anytime soon. He also said the pandemic has taught him important lessons and believes the food bank will be better for it down the road.
Orlando food bank launches delivery program for those who cant leave home due to COVID-19
For an Orlando resident who fell ill to coronavirus after she lost her job, the struggle made her feel hopeless. Eventually, she said a state representative referred her to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. They were saying well I cant get out, I cant leave my home I need someone to bring food to me. 'Second Harvest Food Bank works with several agencies to make those home food deliveries. Wright-Jammeh recalled she sought help twice from the food bank but now gets help with government assistance.
Brevard roofing company donates funds to food bank during COVID-19 pandemic
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. A Brevard County roofing company is doing its part to help Central Florida families who are still struggling to afford food during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he is donating 10% of his sales over the next several months to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. "If I do 250, 300 houses I can potentially contribute $250,000 to Second Harvest," Scott said. Second Harvest said all of the money raised through this partnership will purchase meals for families in Brevard County. Click here for more information on how you can help Second Harvest food bank during the pandemic.
Second Harvest gets $100k donation
Since March 23, weve seen a significant spike in the number of people seeking assistance from our network of 500 feeding partners, said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. ConcordRENTS, an affordable-housing multifamily property management company based in Maitland, made a $100,000 donation to help distribute more food in Central Florida amid the coronavirus pandemic. Since March 23, weve seen a significant spike in the number of people seeking assistance from our network of 500 feeding partners, said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. For over 25 years, ConcordRENTS has proudly provided affordable housing for Central Floridians, said Jonathan Thomas, president of ConcordRENTS. Lake County Missions Thrift Store in Eustis has also been receiving breads and produce from Second Harvest to distribute.dailycommercial.com
Coronavirus: Former Deltona manager Jane Shang helps double food pantry supplies
New Hope Baptist Church, with donations from Deltonas former city manager and Second Harvest Food Bank, gave groceries to a few hundred people on Wednesday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Another food event will be held May 16. DELTONA The line of cars outside New Hope Baptist Church stretched as far as the eye could see. Shang helped distribute flyers advertising New Hopes next food event. Lifes a journey, you have your ups and downs, but whats really important is that we all come together, Shang said.news-journalonline.com
Winter Park Health Foundation grants $35,000 to local organizations to support COVID-19 relief
click to enlarge Photo via Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida/FacebookSecond Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida received sliced ham from Wawa on April 16The Winter Park Health Foundation announced on Wednesday it has distributed $35,000 in grants in support of Central Florida COVID-19 relief efforts. The WPHF grant specifically supports Eatonville, Maitland and Winter Park residents who are eligible for the ALICE Fund, providing rent, mortgage and utility assistance to help prevent eviction and homelessness. Second Harvest Food Bank is receiving a $5,000 grant to provide food to older adults in Eatonville. The Winter Park Improvement Foundation will receive a $5,000 grant to support the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce's THRIVE Winter Park initiative, a "hyper-local charitable response to the financial impacts of COVID-19 on residents and small businesses in Winter Park to enable and accelerate the communitys recovery after the pandemic." WPHF says the funds will help "feed the frontline" by purchasing meals from local restaurants to feed frontline health workers responding to COVID-19.orlandoweekly.com
Publix is donating $1 million to Feeding America food banks
click to enlarge Photo via Publix/TwitterPublix Charities donated $1 million to Feeding America member food banks on Wednesday, bringing its total donated to the nonprofit to $2 million.The donation will be distributed to food banks throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginiaevery state the grocery chain is located in.As we continue to see an increase in the number of people facing food insecurity during this pandemic, we are grateful to Publix Super Markets Charities for this additional contribution in support of Feeding America member food banks, said Publix CEO Todd Jones.This donation will provide meals and essential supplies to our neighbors and continues to support our ongoing commitment to alleviating hunger in the communities we serve.Portions of the donation will go to local groups in Central Florida like Feeding Tampa Bay, All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Orlando.Heres a list of the food banks and the amount donated in Florida.All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota - $25,000America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend in Tallahassee - $17,500Feeding Northeast Florida in Jacksonville - $50,000Feeding South Florida in Pembroke Park - $150,000Feeding Tampa Bay in Tampa - $100,000Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers - $50,000Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Orlando - $100,000Treasure Coast Food Bank in Fort Pierce - $35,000orlandoweekly.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
Ormond church offering free food Monday
Enough food to feed 300 Volusia County households for two weeks will be given away Monday morning at Calvary Christian Center in Ormond Beach. ORMOND BEACH Those struggling to pay for groceries have a shot at getting a half months worth of free food next week. On Monday morning, Calvary Christian Center in Ormond Beach will be giving away two weeks worth of food to 300 households in Volusia County. Pre-packaged activity kits with coloring sheets and crafts for 300 kids will also be given away. The giveaway at the church located on Granada Boulevard just west of Interstate 95 will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, and the food will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.news-journalonline.com
Second Harvest Food Bank prepares to distribute more meals after donation from Disney
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida just received about 18,000 meals from Walt Disney World after the company closed its parks Sunday night. Chief development officer Greg Higgerson said the food bank is now seeing an increase of need because of the recent shutdowns across Central Florida. Higgerson said local nonprofit organizations usually grab meals from the food bank then take it to a designated location, like a homeless shelter. Now the food bank is preparing to distribute even more food after the closures of several businesses because of the coronavirus. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Disney World to donate excess food to Second Harvest Food Bank
Despite its temporary closure to the coronavirus outbreak, Walt Disney World Resort will continue to donate excess food inventory like fresh salads, greens and expertly cooked hot items to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Launched in 1991, Disney Harvest collects excess and unserved food from locations throughout Walt Disney World, delivering it to feeding programs across Central Florida.
Disneyland to donate excess food during coronavirus closure
Disneyland Resort in California announced on Thursday it would be closed from Sunday until the end of March. The closure leaves a lot of excess food at the theme park, and theme park officials announced on its blog the leftover food would not go to waste. [Coronavirus: Walt Disney World theme parks to close through March]During the temporary closure, excess food inventory will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, the blog stated. [RELATED: This will be the longest closure ever for Disney World]In 2019, Disneyland donated more than 200,000 meals to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County through its food donation program, officials said. Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando have also announced closures due to the coronavirus.
1 in 5 Central Florida kids is food insecure. Here’s how to help
ORLANDO, Fla. – One in five children in Central Florida is considered food insecure. But thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank and a $10,000 donation from Safelite Autoglass, students in Orange County Title I schools have food to take home on the weekends. “Because we know when you have to make a decision between fresh produce and mac-and-cheese, you’re going to purchase the mac-and-cheese because it’s going to fill your belly a lot more than the fresh produce. But we also know health-wise, you really need that fresh produce,” he said. If you’d like to contribute to Second Harvest or volunteer, you’ll find ways to help at FeedHopeNow.org.
Second Harvest Food Bank provides more than food to the community
ORLANDO, Fla. - Second Harvest Food Bank not only provides food for people in need, but also offers special programs that are helping the central Florida community get back on track. Its Culinary Training program is one of those that's impacted the life of Qui Solomon. Eventually, she made it to a homeless shelter, where she heard about Second Harvest Food Bank and its different programs. The Culinary Training program is led by chef Israel Santiago, who has been with the program since it launched six years ago. "There's something that's a twinkle in the eye, there's a body language into it.
How policy influences food insecurity
Hundreds of thousands of people in Central Florida live with food insecurity. Second Harvest Food Bank is among the nonprofit organizations combating the issue first hand. However, officials with the food bank know, it is really only dealing with the symptoms of bigger problems. To help bridges that gap Second Harvest has its own people who work with elected leaders trying to inform Florida politicians to allow them to better make positive policy and legislative changes that will help people who are struggling. To tell us more about these efforts, News 6 sat down with Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank and Kelly Quintero, the director of advocacy and government relations for the food bank.
Here's what to do with all your leftover Hurricane Dorian supplies
ORLANDO, Fla. - A lot of people in Central Florida bought a lot of supplies to get ready for Hurricane Dorian. Now many are wondering what to do with all the extra food, water and sandbags they have lying around their home. At a Lowe's Home Improvement store in Orlando, the store manager said while you can't return unused bottled water, you can return unused, uncut plywood. "If it hasn't been damaged by the weather or doesn't have screw holes in it -- our policy is the same," said Chuck Brown, Lowe's store manager at the 5700 West Colonial Drive store. News 6 also checked local grocery stores to see if anyone was returning their unused hurricane supplies.
Ep. 113 Florida Foodie -- Second Harvest Food Bank
The Second Harvest Food Bank's culinary training program is teaching people the skills they need in the kitchen to get a job and so much more. The program is also giving students life skills such as how to handle a budget or a job interview and it is doing it all free of charge. In fact, they will even give students gas cards or bus tickets if they need help getting to and from classes. News 6 spoke with two people who really know the power of this program to help turn people's lives around. Chef Izzy Santiago is one of the instructors, teaching students the ins and outs of the kitchen.
Second Harvest keeps Central Florida children fed with Summer Food Service Program
click image Photo via Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida/FacebookSecond Harvest Food Bank is providing free nutritious meals during the summer to kids in need across Central Florida, as part of their Summer Food Service Program. Second Harvest Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that collects and donates food to more than 550 partners , helps economically challenged adults graduate from a culinary training program and helps people in need to receive SNAP food assistance benefits. Through the Summer Food Service Program, healthy meals are delivered daily to local libraries, summer camps, daycare centers and other sites in six Central Florida counties including Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.Menu items will include but not be limited to pineapple, broccoli, carrots and other fresh fruits and vegetables. "The Summer Food Program provides support to families who struggle to deal with that extra financial burden during the summer of providing meals with healthy benefits and proper nutrients," says Greg Higgerson, vice president of development at Second Harvest.Check out Second Harvest's list of Summer Food Service sites.orlandoweekly.com