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Blogging for Good: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

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Next, Saturday, September 15th I’ll be attending the second annual Central Florida Blogger Conference. One of the initiatives they have started this year is a program called “Blogging for Good“. They have partnered with six nonprofits in Central Florida in hopes that our voice as a blogger can spread the word about these organizations. Fittingly, I choose the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donated food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.

We have a huge problem in Central Florida… too many residents are going hungry on an almost daily basis. No one in our country should be going hungry–let alone the world. It kills me to waste food of any sorts in our house because I know there are so many people who would do anything to get a hot meal in front of them.

Approximately 1 in 5 of our population—732,000 people—needed food assistance in Central Florida last year. That statistic blows my mind.

Second Harvest Food Bank distributed 33 million pounds of grocery products last year that number has almost doubled since 2007 with a 75% increase!

Do you know how many meals come from 33 million pounds of grocery products? 21 million meals in just ONE YEAR people!

Watch this two minute video to see what goes on in Central Florida and how you can help.

Doesn’t this video break your heart? It breaks mine. In our unsettling economic times any of us could be affected in the matter of weeks or months by  needing this amazing services. A spouse looses a job, a severe illness, death in the family and all of a sudden you are left with difficult choices. Know that you don’t have to go hungry! There is help out their for you. Even if you aren’t in Central Florida there are food banks all across the United States wanting and willing to help! At the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida 47% of clients served are children and 33% of households served have at least one working adult. Everyone needs help every now and then–don’t be afraid to ask if you need it.

I was recently contacted by Bonefish Grill about a fundraiser, that just so happens to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida!  If you live in Central Florida and love Bonefish Grill like I do, this is another great way to help!

Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location:
6730 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando

Bonefish Grill
in Orlando celebrates their grand opening Charity Night with an evening of fabulous food, wine, spirits and fundraising with 100 percent of the evening’s proceeds to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.  A $35 donation provides 2 drinks and a full tasting of the menu.  RSVP is required as only limited amount of seats are available. Located at Bonefish Grill, 6730 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando (on Central Florida Parkway, π mile from SeaWorld entrance.) Email or call Jennifer Landress at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida at jlandress@foodbankcentralflorida.org  or (407) 295-5009, ext. 28 for more information.

If you can’t make it to Bonefish Grill and live in Central Florida you can donate money, grocery products, and/or time to help volunteer! Click here to see how you can get involved with the the Second Harvest Food Bank.

You can also enter for a chance to win one of 6 baskets. Each raffle ticket is just $10 and can be obtained here. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the nonprofit.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated or required to write this post. I did this out of my kindness of my heart because it is a charity and cause that I believe in. I will be entered for a chance to win one of these fabulous prizes.

   

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