Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and America’s Second Harvest Bring Emergency Food to Communities Throughout the Region
CHICAGO — America’s Second Harvest — The Nation’s Food Bank Network is actively assisting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida after overnight tornadoes slammed Central Florida cities leaving thousands without power and with only limited access to food.
“Even though the damage assessment is ongoing, we know that there will be a tremendous need for support in the towns that were hit, “said Dave Krepcho, President and CEO of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “In less than a few minutes, entire neighborhoods were wiped off the map. We’ll be an active part of the relief effort, lending our help and offering food and clean-up supplies to local agencies.”
Residents in Lake, Sumter and Volusia counties were awakened in the hours before dawn by multiple twisters that leveled homes and businesses for miles, leaving families devastated. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is working with the Florida Association of Food Banks (FAFB) and the national office of America’s Second Harvest to assess the immediate food needs of those communities.
“As soon as we heard the news, we began to identify food and household products that could be transported to the affected area,” said Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of America’s Second Harvest. “While immediate needs are still under assessment, we know that ready-to-eat, pop-top food items and beverages will be in great demand.”
The America’s Second Harvest Network of more than 200 Member food banks and food-rescue organizations provides relief supplies to emergency feeding centers serving disaster victims.
The organization was first involved with disaster relief in 1989 following Hurricane Hugo and the Loma Pieta earthquake that struck San Francisco and the Central California Coast. Since then, The America’s Second Harvest Network has taken an active role in recovery efforts following major disasters and is a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).
“Florida is no stranger to powerful weather systems, but that doesn’t lessen the pain and suffering that each storm inflicts on residents,” added Escarra. “We’re here to support our Network Members in Florida through this difficult time.”
The Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando is a food drive collection site for the Orlando area.
For those unable to make food donations at the food bank, cash contributions, rather than unsolicited donated goods are recommended. They avoid the complicated, costly and time-consuming processes associated with collecting, sorting, packing, transporting, unloading, resorting, storing, repackaging and distributing donated goods. To find out more information on the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, visit http://www.foodbankcentralflorida.org/.
America’s Second Harvest provides support to areas affected by disaster by securing food and grocery product and transporting it to people in need. Financial support is critical to ensuring the America’s Second Harvest Network is able to respond to disasters including these tornadoes and other events that happen around the country.
To support the national office, visit http://www.secondharvest.org/ or call 800-771-2303.
America’s Second Harvest — The Nation’s Food Bank Network, is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the country with a Network of more than 200 Member food banks and food-rescue organizations serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The America’s Second Harvest Network secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually; and supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 94,000 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and Kids Cafes. Last year, the America’s Second Harvest Network provided food assistance to more than 25 million low-income hungry people in the United States, including 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors. For more information, please visit http://www.secondharvest.org/.
Source: America’s Second Harvest