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The core mission of our food bank remains to capture as much of the ‘extra’ food in our society as possible, and make it available for the clients of our partner feeding programs. With the support and generosity of food manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, growers, and others in the community, Second Harvest Food Bank was able to distribute nearly 58 milion meals for our neighbors in need.
Much of this food was gathered from local sources, while a significant portion came to us from outside Central Florida through the incredible work of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. In addition to the food industry, our Food Bank also distributes food commodities made available through the US Government’s TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) program, and food collected through community food drives. Read below to learn about the different sources that Second Harvest relies on for getting food out into our community.
This important food recovery program collects wholesome, unsold food from more than 450 participating retail store locations throughout Central Florida. The Grocery Alliance product mix – which includes meat, produce, dairy, bakery and dry goods – offers a wide range of nutritious and sought-after foods.
Second Harvest Food Bank serves as the distribution point for food that the US Government provides through the USDA’s TEFAP program (The Emergency Food Assistance Program). This is food purchased from farmers to help stabilize the price of food in our country, and is then processed, packaged, and distributed to people in need. The Florida Department of Agriculture awarded distribution contracts for Orange, Seminole, Lake, Brevard, Volusia, Osceola, and Marion counties to Second Harvest Food Bank for its distribution program of government food commodities. *USDA-HHS Non-Discrimination Statement click here:
With growing awareness of the link between nutrition and health, Second Harvest has committed to increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables available to clients year-round. Our Produce Program works with the agriculture and produce industry, as well as organizations such as the Society of St. Andrew and the Florida Association of Food Banks. Click here, if you are interested in donating produce.
This prepared-food rescue program collects and delivers donations from local restaurants, hotels and resorts. The program provides food to partner feeding programs that provide on-site meals for clients.
Second Harvest collects more than one million pounds of food and thousands of dollars each year through community food and fund drives sponsored by individuals, corporations, clubs, schools and associations
In addition to our programs, Second Harvest collected more than 7 million pounds of donated food and non-food products to Central Florida, thanks to the help of more than 1,000 local and national food companies. The food donors who partner with Second Harvest are vital to our hunger relief efforts.
Click here to learn more about this partnership and how your company can get involved.