2018 Community Builder Award Recipient
Second Harvest Food Bank
Since opening its doors in 1983 as a community solution to hunger, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has served as the hub of a powerful hunger relief network for more than 500,000 of our residents. Second Harvest secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. Last year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the Second Harvest distributed enough food for 54 million meals to partner programs, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. Central Floridians turn to these important programs more than 71,000 times per week.
In times of natural disaster, Second Harvest stands ready to help as our community’s emergency food supplier. In the days and weeks following Hurricane Irma, thousands more people needed help with food at shelters and through emergency food pantries. More than 3 million ‘over and above’ meals were distributed for victims of the storm. Even more recently, the Food Bank has provided more than 3,000 family food boxes and dozens of mobile food drops for displaced Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria.
In addition to providing food to the nearly continuous line of people who need help, Second Harvest’s 14-week Culinary Training Program is also shortening the line. By providing food service skills, life skills, and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults, the Food Bank is transforming the lives of more than 221 self-sufficient graduates. Dave Krepcho, President and CEO of Second Harvest, along with his dedicated Board of Directors, staff and volunteers have made the Food Bank a model for the nation.
To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank, visit FeedHopeNow.org.
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