Preparing for the Coronavirus
Coronavirus Update: January 21, 2021
COVID-19 presented a complex crisis of increased demand, declines in donations of food, and disruptions to the charitable food assistance system’s operating model, creating an economic crisis unlike anything since the Great Depression. We are seeing elevated need now, and for some, the 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.
At Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, we remain committed to helping make sure that as much food as possible can reach those experiencing hunger.
More than 300,000 meals are being provided every day to our six-county service area; roughly double our daily distribution before the crisis hit.
Your impact from March 23-December 31, 2020:
- 79.8 million meals have been provided for families, seniors and kids.
- 574 mobile drops in our six-county area have provided 14.6 million meals to families.
- Second Harvest's direct meal delivery program, Bring Hope Home, has provided 882,951 nutritious meals to individuals unable to travel. 37,906 deliveries have been made since the program launched.
- The Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals to kids when school is out for the summer, launched early on March 23. Over 770,000 meals were provided to kids this summer.
- Second Harvest’s Catering for Good team shifted its focus to help the production kitchen prepare, pack and distribute meals daily to food deserts. Over 2.4 million meals have been provided to families and seniors.
- The Culinary Training Program is training students virtually. 43 students are learning life skills and cooking skills through online classes.
Learn more: Stewardship of resources in the times of COVID-19/Economic Recession.
Thank you for providing hope during this uncertain time. Your support makes an incredible difference to thousands of families, kids and seniors in Central Florida. Thank you!
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida continues to monitor developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community.
The safety of our staff, volunteers and feeding partners is very important. Additional steps for extra sanitation to keep our facility, food and people as safe as possible during this potential threat are being taken.
If you plan on volunteering and are experiencing any symptoms of illness, we ask that you do not volunteer at this time. Please join us as a volunteer when you are symptom-free for 14 days. Click here to learn more about volunteering.
If you are in need of food assistance, please visit our online food locator to find a list of feeding partners near your residency. Click here to read frequently asked food assistance questions. Please make sure to call before heading there, to make sure that their 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 has already started impacting thousands of hourly workers and their families. More will be impacted in the weeks ahead. Can you help to make sure that we are able to meet the growing demand of food assistance?