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1 in 6 in Central Florida

1 in 6 Central Floridians are struggling with the reality of hunger and food insecurity. Here are some of their stories.

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Air Puddin'

Have you ever had to eat "air puddin'" because you didn't have enough to eat? Cordie does when there isn't enough food to go around for her and her three great grandkids. Learn how local partnerships are helping to make a difference in the lives of so many of our Central Florida seniors and families.
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A Call From Barbara

During a Giving Tuesday telethon with Wesh 2 News, Development Officer Sasha Hausman got a call she wasn't expecting. Learn how a tearful exchange with a complete stranger lead to different departments and feeding partners quickly coming together to make a difference in the life of one of our vulnerable neighbors in need.
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Stories of Hope & Courage– James' Story

James' Story

When James was struck with cancer, all his life long savings were gone in an instant. Learn how the support of a local food pantry is helping James and his wife better meet life's basic needs they otherwise couldn't.
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Stories of Hope & Courage– Teddy's Story

Teddy's Story

Homeless and struggling, Theodore was looking for a second chance when he started in our 14-week Culinary Training Program. Now graduated, learn how he was able to turn his life around and find hope.
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Stories of Hope & Courage– Jeffrey's Story

Jeffrey's Story

Jeffrey is an eighth grade student in Orange County with big dreams to be a motorcycle mechanic one day. He is also a part of a growing percentage of public school students in Central Florida who are eligible for free or reduced meals because of their family's economic situation, and rely on the nutrition they get from school.
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Stories of Hope & Courage– Paula's Story

Paula's Story

For four months, 66-year old disabled widow Paula found herself with no electricity or running water in her apartment. Her $500 a month rent was past due, and with a fixed income of only $700, each month was a series of hard decisions. Until she met Delia, a Second Harvest Outreach Specialist.
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Stories of Hope & Courage– Hector's Story

Hector's Story

Hector worked in the civil service industry for over 25 years, until a back injury started to deteriorate his health. At home, he supported both his parents and siblings until his condition worsened.
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Stories of Hope & Courage– A Mother's Story

A Mother's Story

When Judie's husband Paul lost his job as a Civil Engineer during the Great Recession, all the air was let out of the family's financial balloon. Being homeless was beyond the family's wildest imagination, even just a year before when they had felt so secure.
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Stories of Hope & Courage– SNAP Success

SNAP Success

Fred is 78-years old, and 'recently retired.' Actually, he had made no plans to stop working, but was forced to do so when the company he worked for made some changes. Because he was mostly a lower-wage earner his entire life, Fred never managed to sock away huge sums for his later years.
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Stories of Hope & Courage– First Timers

First Timers

Sandra is a 55-year old grandmother, who is raising twin ten-year old grandchildren. She works part time at a local nonprofit organization, but her wages are not enough to cover rent, utilities, clothing, and other expenses for the small family.
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