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Thank you for changing my life.COVID-19 Update: One Year Later

Coronavirus Update: March 1, 2021.

COVID-19 presented a complex crisis of increasing demand, declining food donations, and reimagining how to safely distribute food to those in need. Central Florida is experiencing a persistent and elevated need now and will continue to as this recovery will take years.

Families who hadn't known hunger before the pandemic can no longer afford groceries. Searches for food assistance on our website have soared from an average of 35 to 300 a day in the past year.

More than 300,000 meals are being provided every day to the six-county service area; roughly double the daily distribution before the crisis hit.

Since March 2020, your gifts helped provide:

  • 96 million meals to families, kids and seniors in Central Florida.
  • 574 mobile drops in the six-county area have provided 14.6 million meals to families.
  • 48,906 food deliveries through, Bring Hope Home, Second Harvest's direct meal delivery program.
  • 770,000 meals to kids through the Summer Food Service Program. This program launched in mid-March 2020 (three months early) to feed kids during distance learning and summer break.
  • 44 Culinary Training Program students with through virtual lessons and small learning labs.

Second Harvest’s long-term priorities include:

  • Continuing to distribute meals at an elevated pace , especially for people relying on food assistance for the very first time.
  • Piloting new programs to help reach our neighbors who are most disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
  • Advocating for state support to help food banks and our partners distribute more meals, especially fresh produce.
  • Educating the community to share information and destigmatize seeking food assistance.
  • View strategic plan with COVID updates.
  • Stewardship of resources in the times of COVID-19/Economic Recession.

We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of community support throughout the past year.

It is the trust and generosity of donors, like you, that has enabled us to aggressively scale relief efforts and continue fighting hunger.  But our work is far from complete. Millions of our neighbors still struggle to access the nourishment of a meal, with all signs pointing towards needs increasing in the months to come. At the same time, expenses continue to rise due to COVID-related restrictions and logistical challenges.

Your generosity has made an incredible difference in the past and we hope you will continue to partner with us to ensure hope remains for those who struggle to access food. Thank you for trusting us with this important work and joining us in the fight against hunger.

Need Help

If you are in need of food assistance, please visit our online food locator to find a list of feeding partners near you. Click here to read frequently asked food assistance questions. Please make sure to call before heading to the distribution, to make sure that the hours or location has not changed. If you need assistance during the weekend, please call United Way's 2-1-1.

How To Help

The loss of economic activity continues to impact thousands of hourly workers and their families. More will be impacted in the months ahead. Can you help to make sure that our neighbors can access food and hope in their moment of greatest need? Your $10 gift will provide 40 meals.

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