Plates of Plenty is a service that provides freshly prepared meals to early childcare centers, children’s after school programs, group homes, senior feeding programs, and private and charter schools. Plates of Plenty's goal is to provide the freshest, healthiest, and least processed ingredients available, and to deliver them in a safe and timely manner.
All meals are prepared in our Darden Foundation Community Kitchen under the supervision of our Chefs and production staff. Proceeds from food service operations are used to further the fight against hunger in our community.
During the summer, Plates of Plenty prepares, packages and delivers to our Summer Food sites every weekday.
With generous funding from the Nemours Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida conducted an exploratory pilot to determine whether a community food bank could provide ECE programs with healthy, affordable food service as a childhood obesity prevention strategy. The goal of exploring this emerging topic was to learn information that could be shared widely with the field for broad impact. Over the course of 7 months, Second Harvest provided 16,892 meals to four pilot sites through the Plates of Plenty program. Click here to learn more.
This REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL is for the purpose of obtaining responses from GROUP PURCHASING ORGANIZATIONS (GPOS) to provide comprehensive food purchasing services with improved pricing of foods that meet current USDA standards in the following categories: Meat, Meat Alternatives, Cheese, Whole Grain Bread and Grain product, Produce, Snacks, Condiments, Paper products, non-food products, and other supplies for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida for use in the preparation of meals to be served to children participating in the Summer Food Service Program authorized by Section 13 of the National School Lunch Act, and operated under Part 225 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations.
The following documents may be downloaded:
GPO Solicitation Prototype
Exhibit A - All SFSP sites
Exhibit B - School Calendars
Exhibit C - Estimated Usage
For more information regarding any of our kitchen programs, please contact:
Nancy Brumbaugh, Food Service Director
Phone: 407-514-1031 Cell: 407-454-0941