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Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Mission - To create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while multiplying the generosity of a caring community.
Vision - Inspiring and engaging our community to end hunger.
How long have you been in existence? Since 1983
How are you currently funded?
Through grants and contributions from the community, fees and government grants and contracts, program service fees, and social enterprise revenue.
What demographic / geographic region do you serve?
Six counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.
In 2014, Second Harvest distributed more than 63,000,000 pounds of food in our 6 county service area through a network of 550 other nonprofit feeding programs. 500,000 people received some of that food in more than 4 million encounters. Our Mobile Drop program accomplishes some of that by delivering truckloads of 10,000 pounds each of fresh fruit, vegetables and dry goods directly to communities where low-income individuals live.
In addition to providing food through general distribution, Second Harvest has a portfolio of programs and services that support the nutritional needs of children and families. Kids Café provides wholesome meals to kids in afterschool programs at no cost, the Summer Food Program feeds children who rely on free and reduced meals at school during the summer break---also at no cost. Weekend packs of child-friendly, ready to eat foods are provided through the Hi Five Program. Our Meals for Good Program produces fresh, nutritious and delicious meals to Head Start programs and other meal programs for children and seniors.
Another way SHFB feeds people is through one-on-one outreach and assistance for people applying for SNAP benefits, helping to provide more than $3,000,000 per year in food income for individuals and families.
The Bites, Camera, Action! Program delivers food to people living in transitional homeless environments, low-income apartments and communities where access to fresh produce and other healthy foods is limited. The same programs hosts school farmers markets at low income schools.
Nutrition is a key priority for the Food Bank---from investing in equipment that allows us to safely store and then distribute more than 15,000,000 pounds of fresh produce into the community to people who otherwise wouldn’t have any to teaching healthy cooking with low-cost foods. We are now working with healthcare to increase access to healthy foods to low-income patients to support their recovery and chronic disease management outside the walls of the hospital.
In order to get on the front end of hunger, the Second Harvest Culinary Training Program helps unemployed and underemployed adults achieve self-sufficiency. During the 14-week program, students learn life skills and culinary skills that enable them to find employment in the food service industry. 100% of all students are employed at graduation.
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