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Just over three years have passed since we’ve been in the new Morgan & Morgan PA Hunger Relief Center. What have we done with your investment in our mission?
We wanted to provide you with some impressive highlights of the impact you have made.
This update will provide you with just a few of the many ways your generosity is making a big difference for our neighbors in need. We’ve not forgotten for a moment that you cared enough to help make these advancements possible; thank you!
During the past three years, we have distributed enough food for 143 million meals. If you lined up that many place settings touching each other end-to-end, they would literally circle the planet.
This number of meals has an in-kind retail value of over $269 million.
Volunteer participation is at record levels. Over 262,000 volunteer hours! In kind value of time: $2.5 million
Partner Feeding Program Service
- 315 Partner Feeding Program food pickups and/or deliveries average per month.
- Mobile food pantries distribute millions of pounds
- 90 organizations attended the first annual Partner Agency Conference.
- Over 100 Partner Feeding Programs were provided valuable technical training as well as funds for greater refrigeration capacity.
- Tens of millions of servings of fresh fruit and vegetables distributed annually.
- Our dieticians are providing nutritional training to Partner Feeding Programs, the people they serve, and elementary school children.
- We are producing 8,000 nutritious meals each day for Kids Cafes, Summer Feeding sites, and Orange County Head Start child care centers.
- We have convened a Health & Hunger task force with the goal of a strong connection between Second Harvest, the healthcare industry and the underserved community.
The Darden Foundation Community Kitchen and Culinary Training Program
- The Darden Foundation Community Kitchen is currently hosting its 15th class of students; lives are being changed.
- During the past three years, 121 students graduated from our Culinary Training Program.
- All graduates were placed into jobs paying more than the minimum wage.
- We have a 100% job placement rate at graduation.
Meals for Good
- High volume meal production provides nutritious meals to children at high food security risk throughout the tri-county area.
- Meals for Good will produce at least 250,000 summer breakfasts and lunches for children in Central Florida at the greatest risk for hunger.
Catering for Good
- In the past year alone, we catered 449 events that included 19,000 guests.
- Catering for Good events were done on-site as well as off-site.
- Small private catered events as well as events with as many as 750 attendees.
Distribution Center Training
- We are now training students on inventory control, warehouse management, safe food handling, fork lift certification, etc.
- When they graduate from our Distribution Center Training Program, we place them into distribution center jobs in Central Florida.
We have created and launched several social entrepreneurial ventures that tie to our mission while at the same time generate revenue to help fund our operations. This makes us even more financially stable and sustainable so that our mission continues to impact for years to come.
Catering For Good / Meals For Good / Power Purchase Program
The three ventures above generate one-third of our annual operating budget revenue. More than 60,000 people have attended a meeting, training, event, dinner, breakfast or luncheon at the Food Bank over the last three years.
- Year in and year out, we have earned the highest rating from Charity Navigator: Four Stars. This award is based on financial effectiveness and transparency.
- For every dollar donated to Second Harvest, we distribute up to $9 worth of groceries.
- 97% of contributions go directly to programs that help people in need.