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Hurricane Matthew Relief Information: Food Resources and How to Help

In times of disaster, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and its network of 550 agency partners represent a vital emergency food supply for the community. The food bank stands ready to provide extended relief service to storm victims in Brevard, Volusia, Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake Counties.

Second Harvest works closely with Feeding Florida, State and County Emergency Operations Centers and other local agencies to pinpoint the areas of need in each county. By funneling donations of food resources through Second Harvest, contributors can be certain their support is reaching the most affected areas in the most effective way. If needed, the Darden Foundation Community Kitchen at Second Harvest Food Bank will be used to prepare thousands of meals daily for distribution to sites throughout the affected area.

Local community support will be needed in the form of donations after the storm. Second Harvest is part of Feeding America, which provides a highly effective way to quickly direct large quantities of food resources from around the nation to our area if needed.

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How To Help

After the storm, ways for the local community to help Second Harvest help people in need are very specific:

  • Help Provide Relief.pngTo give funds:
    Text NEED to 41444 to give by phone, or visit to give online

  • Food and cleaning supplies donations: 
    Non-perishable food donations and cleaning supplies can be delivered to our distribution center in Orlando at 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando, Florida 32805. (see attached list of needs).

  • Volunteers: Visit our Volunteer section to see opportunities.

Donation Drop-offs:

Donations Drop-Off Hub: Second Harvest Food Bank, 411 Mercy Drive Orlando, Fla. 32805

PLEASE CALL AHEAD: 407-295-1066
Please come in through the entrance on Mercy Drive and proceed straight to the loading dock area to drop off donations.


Basic Categories:

  • Canned Goods
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking items
  • Personal Care
  • Bottled Goods
  • Charcoal/Sterno
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Paper Goods
  • Flashlights/Batteries
  • Dry Goods
  • Water & Ice
  • Infant Care items

Level 1 Priority (in addition to basic categories)

  • Peanut Butter
  • Assorted drinks
  • Cooking items
  • Jelly
  • Cereal
  • Paper Goods
  • Canned Meats
  • Canned Fruits & Veggies
  • Bread
  • Diapers
  • Baby Formula ∓ Food
  • Snacks
  • Bleach
  • Cleaning supplies

Level 2 Priority (in addition to other categories)

  • Cookies & Crackers
  • Toilet Paper
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • Instant Coffee/Drinks
  • Toothpaste & Brushes
  • Non-perishable milk
  • Tea Bags
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Candy
  • Staples (sugar, salt)

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Emergency Resources

If you find yourself in need of assistance after the storms, please call our main phone number 407-296-1066 and we will help you locate a feeding partner nearby.

In addition, you can find a list of Community Resources here (pdf download).

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