Second Harvest Food Bank Of Central Florida
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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During this season of Thanksgiving, here at Windermere Sun, we’d like to share with the community some remarkably wonderful programs or services that deserve much recognition. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is such a program/ service. It is a private, nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 550 feeding partners in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia. With the help of donors, volunteers and a caring community, the food bank distributed millions of meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes.
In addition to helping to feed the line of our neighbors who need help, Second Harvest also transforms dozens of lives directly every year. Adults who graduate from Second Harvest Food Bank’s 14-week culinary training program are placed in ‘better than minimum wage’ jobs that set them and their families on a path to self-sustainability. Another important activity helps to connect people who are eligible to receive SNAP food assistance benefits with the resources they need to access the program and get help.
Second Harvest Food Bank is also a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that helps feed people across the country. Click here to learn more about Feeding America and this network of food banks.
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.
Among many of its meaningful programs, a three-year pilot program was launched in 2016 by Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, in conjunction with the West Orange Health District, to provide healthy food for low-income people struggling with diet-related diseases. Patients who are referred by their healthcare providers in communities such as Ocoee, Dr. Phillips, Windermere, Winter Garden, and Oakland, would receive free, three month vouchers for fresh, nutritious food to supplement their diet and help them to manage their diet-related diseases such as diabetes. Furthermore, biometric screenings, personal counseling, community education and other support services would also be available.
Please visit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida web site to find out more about this organization.
Items listed below are the critically needed for clients of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida:
- Fruits: Canned fruit (in its own juice, no sugar added varieties), dried fruit, 100% fruit juice
- Vegetables: Canned vegetables (reduced salt/no salt varieties), 100% vegetable juice, spaghetti sauce
- Grains: Rice, pasta, crackers (whole-grain varieties), ready-to-eat cereal (low sugar/high-fiber), oatmeal
- Protein Foods: Canned meat/poultry, canned tuna/salmon (packed in water), canned/dry beans & peas (low/no salt varieties), peanut butter
- Dairy/Dairy Alternatives: Nonfat dry milk, evaporated milk, soymilk
- Meals: Beef stew, canned soup (reduced sodium varieties), chili, other canned meals
- Other: Nutritional drinks (ex: Ensure, Boost)
- Baby Food: Must be in complete, undamaged original packaging. No individual serving glass or plastic containers unless in an unopened case.
- Non-food Items: Diapers, toiletries (soap, shampoo, shaving cream, etc.). Must be unopened and stored separate from food donations.
Please remember the special needs of infants and toddlers; they need FIVE to THRIVE:
- Powdered infant milk or soy based formulas (WIC-approved preferred)
- Baby cereal
- Baby fruits (single ingredient preferred)
- Baby vegetables (single ingredient preferred)
- Baby Meats (no meat sticks)
- Shelf-stable white whole milk for 1 year olds; Shelf-stable 1% (low fat) or skim milk for 2 years olds and up; Shelf-stable soy milk.
- Canned fruits, preferably packed in juice with no added sugar
- Canned vegetables, preferably low sodium or no salt added
- Canned beans such as black, red, pink, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, pigeon peas, garbanzos
- Shelf stable foods designed for toddlers such as Stage 3, Graduates, etc.
So, drop off what you can spare, donate,, volunteer, and/or have a food drive in your neighborhood. Click HERE to find out ways you can help.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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