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Second Harvest asks supporters to help "Stock the Shelves" for Hunger Action Month

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Thousands of Central Floridians continue seeking food assistance, and your help is vital

From Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is accustomed to providing tens of millions of meals each year in the fight against hunger, and this year, the need for donations is still heightened due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of Hunger Action Month, Second Harvest is asking the community to help “Stock the Shelves” this September.

The month-long effort encourages Central Floridians to take action in the fight against hunger. Second Harvest is also making it easy to get involved by featuring at-home and socially distanced activities, such as:

Donate 30 non-perishable food items representing each day of the month

Host a virtual food drive

Sign up for a virtual “Food for Thought” tour on Sept. 14 or 28

Wear orange on Sept. 17 for Hunger Action Day

Donate $30 for 30 days of hunger

Update your Facebook and Twitter profile/cover photos to spread the word

Sign-up to volunteer

Check out experiences like Jewel Orlando’s Dueling Pianos Speakeasy, Scream n Stream at Oviedo Mall and Paint for a Purpose at Calliope Street.

Donate your Buy One, Get One (BOGO) deals after shopping

Dine or shop at local establishments, such as Black Rooster Taqueria, Five Guys, Hourglass Brewing, The Coop, 4Rivers and Kendra Scott on select days; a portion of each sale will be donated to Second Harvest

Ways to get involved will also be posted on the nonprofit’s Facebook page throughout the month. Second Harvest encourages participants to share how they’re helping “Stock the Shelves” on social media by using #StockTheShelves.

“The community is still reeling from the last 18 months, and with every donation we receive, we are able to provide more families with food so that they’re not faced with choosing between that and other critical items,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “Don’t underestimate the power of donating, advocating or simply choosing to educate yourself. Every action taken this Hunger Action Month feeds hope in our community.”

To learn more about the “Stock the Shelves” campaign, Hunger Action Month and other ways to get involved with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF) is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. In the past year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank has distributed enough food for 96 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. In addition, Second Harvest’s 16-week culinary program teaches foodservice-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults at no cost to them. Second Harvest is providing more than 300,000 meals every day to the six-county service area. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

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