Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 550 feeding partners in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia. Their mission is to create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while multiplying the generosity of a caring community.
Last year, with the help of numerous donors, volunteers, and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed enough food for 73 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers, and Kids Cafes.
In addition to helping feed the line of our neighbors who need help, Second Harvest also transforms dozens of lives directly every year. Economically-challenged adults who graduate from their 16-week culinary training program are placed in “better than minimum wage” jobs that set them and their families on a path to self-sustainability. Yet another important activity helps connect people who are eligible to receive SNAP food assistance benefits with the resources they need to access the program and get help.
CBA team members taking part in a Canstruction event.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a Four-Star Charity (the highest rating) on Charity Navigator, and is also a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that helps feed people across the country.
For several years, CBA has participated in Second Harvest Food Bank’s Canstruction events, a design/build competition where architecture, engineering, and design firms use canned foods as the building materials to create larger than life sculptures.