Orlando, Fla. / December 22, 2012 – Twenty percent of Central Florida residents face food insecurity every day, and the need is even greater during the holiday season. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida partnered with five organizations including Save-A-Lot food stores, Winter Park Health Foundation, First United Methodist Church Task Force on Hunger, and Orange County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services to meet this demand and provide more than 2,000 Central Florida families with fresh fruit, vegetables, protein and dairy products.
This morning, four Second Harvest trucks delivered more than 70,000-pounds of fresh product to seven school locations including Evans Community School, Hungerford Elementary, Lancaster Elementary, Winegard Elementary, East River High School, Cheney Elementary, Glenridge Middle, and Ivey Lane Elementary. This donation represents more than $151,060 in nutritious food for the holidays.
This effort is part of Second Harvest’s Mobile Pantry program. Mobile pantries are dry or refrigerated vehicles that allow food banks to supply food to food-insecure individuals in areas that are underserved by traditional emergency food agencies. Mobile pantries are extending service into regions that the food bank hadn’t before been able to reach. On average, each mobile pantry delivers 7,500 pounds per distribution; and one vehicle delivers 900,000 pounds of food per year.
In support of this program, Save-A-Lot - one of the nation’s leading hard discount, edited assortment grocery chains announced a $20,000 grant this fall and dozens of Save-A-Lot employees helped distribute product at Evans High School today.
“Save-A-Lot’s long history of being a neighborhood grocery store starts with our commitment to the communities we serve,” says Santiago Roces, President and CEO of Save-A-Lot food stores. “By partnering with Feeding America and its network of food banks like Second Harvest on the Mobile Food Pantry program, we are able to reduce some of the stress and barriers associated with accessing fresh, quality meals on a consistent basis.”
As part of a National Partnership with Feeding America, Save-A-Lot has committed to supporting Mobile Pantry programs in six cities: New Orleans, St. Louis, Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Philadelphia.
“Many local families are struggling to make ends meet and facing significant challenges to putting dinner on the table,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. “By partnering with targeted communities in need, we’re delivering the innovation of mobile pantries to families disproportionately impacted by hunger. Stocked with a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy and protein items, mobile pantries help close the gap for our neighbors in need.”
About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Second Harvest Food Bank is a member of Feeding America — the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFB secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 500 agencies that feed the hungry throughout Central Florida. Last year, with the help of numerous donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed nearly 36 million pounds of grocery products — the equivalent of more than 26 million meals — to partner agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and other vital food assistance programs. On average, more than 55,000 different people receive assistance from SHFB partners each week. To learn more about SHFB, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.
About Save-A-Lot Food Stores
Save-A-Lot, a wholly owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU), is one of the nation’s leading hard-discount, carefully selected assortment grocery chains, operating more than 1,300 stores in 39 states from Maine to California. Serving more than 5 million shoppers each week, Save-A-Lot offers savings of up to 40 percent on groceries when compared to conventional stores. Customers enjoy savings on exclusive Save-A-Lot brands and national brands, plus fresh meat and farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy, along with the most popular grocery and household items. Save-A-Lot helps its customers live richer, fuller lives by saving them money and time through a smart, convenient shopping experience featuring great food, great prices and great people every day. For more information on Save-A-Lot or to locate a store, please visit www.save-a-lot.com.
About Orange County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services
The Orange County Public Schools offer breakfast and lunch to all students and daily serves over 157,000 meals. All students are encouraged to fill out meal applications throughout the year to apply for benefits such as free or reduced priced meals. The district now has over 60% of all students who qualify for the free and reduced priced meals. The meal application may be filled out on-line at: https://www.ocps.net/op/food/Pages/FreeandReduced.aspx
About Winter Park Health Foundation
The Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) is a private, not-for-profit organization supporting programs that improve the health of youth, older adults and the community-at-large in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville. For more than a decade it has provided support for free, school-based health and wellness services, including mental health counselors, nurses and nurse practitioners, at Winter Park High School and its 11 elementary and middle feeder schools, representing an investment of more than $12 million. This is all done in the belief that healthy kids make better students. To learn more about the Foundation, go to www.wphf.org.