In Central Florida, one in eight of our neighbors is at risk of going to bed hungry on any given night. It’s a startling statistic underscored by the fact that Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida continues to distribute enough food for 300,000 meals a day in our local community – and there’s no sign of the need slowing down. That’s why Second Harvest, the region’s largest emergency food provider, is using Hunger Action in Month in September to ask for support bridging the meal gap.
“More and more families are finding it difficult to stretch their dollars, and food is often the first necessity to be cut,” said Derrick Chubbs, President and CEO at Second Harvest. “This Hunger Action Month, we’re challenging community members to take action – big or small – to ensure our neighbors have the food they need to thrive.”
Getting involved is easy, and this year some of the actions recognize the food bank’s 40-year history of fighting hunger in Central Florida.
Thanks to community support over the last 40 years, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has distributed more than 765 million meals, graduated more than 450 culinary training program students, and grown a network of over 625 community feeding partners in seven counties. Yet, the need for food assistance remains elevated at pandemic-era levels.
To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and participate in Hunger Action Month, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.
About 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 more than 625 local nonprofit feeding partners throughout Central Florida. Through the help of food and financial donors, volunteers, and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributes 300,000 meals every day to a seven-county service area. Feeding neighbors facing hunger is only the beginning. By investing in job training programs, advocating for access to nutritious foods, and inspiring our community to get involved, SHFBCF is leaning into the root causes of hunger and helping our neighbors thrive. With support from the Central Florida community, Second Harvest Food Bank is feeding inspiration, change, achievement, health — and families facing hunger. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.