Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Inc.

Orlando, FL


create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while
multiplying the generosity of a caring community.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Dave Krepcho

Main Address

411 Mercy Drive

Orlando, FL 32805 USA

Formerly Known As

Community Food Bank


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

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Childhood Hunger Programs

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Disaster Relief

Second Harvest Culinary Training Program

Distribution Center Training Program

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The goal of Second Harvest
Food Bank is to alleviate hunger with a vision of a hunger-free Central
Florida. To achieve this goal, we will distribute tens of millions of
pounds of food annually to local nonprofit organizations, our “partner
agencies” providing food assistance for people in need in the Central Florida
counties of Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia, and Lake. Food
insecure men, women and children…seniors, families and individuals…will have
access to food because of the work of the Food Bank. 

Central Florida's Faces of Hunger 2014, a study conducted locally as part of Feeding America's nationwide study, revealed that people in Central Florida turn to charitable feeding programs 71,600 times in a typical week. Among these clients, 27% are children under the age of 18 and 11% are seniors age 65 and older. These are our hungry neighbors who must seek food assistance from local food pantries, congregate feeding sites, homeless shelters, senior programs, children’s programs, and other programs that use the food resources distributed by Second Harvest. Although the local economy is slowly recovering, thousands of people remain unemployed, and thousands more are underemployed, and are working for lower wages and few hours than they did in the past. When meager earnings are not sufficient to cover the basic necessities, people in need must turn to our partner agencies for help. The 2019 Map the Meal Gap released by Feeding America revealed that over 456,000 Central Floridians are food insecure, and do not know with certainty that they will have enough food for their household on any given day.  Second Harvest is committed to helping to close the gap between the need for food assistance in our community and the amount of food available to provide that assistance. We continue to find new sources of food donations; greater efficiencies in distributing food resources; and ways in which we can provide training, as needed, for our partner agencies to help grow their capacity and efficiency in providing assistance to their clients.Our 2020-25 Strategic Plan will provide the framework for achieving our goals. 

The completion and
occupancy of the Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Hunger Relief Center in 2013
provided the capacity to meet the food assistance needs of tens of thousands of
struggling Central Floridians. The increased food storage and distribution
capacity should conservatively allow enough food for approximately 495 million
meals to reach people in need over the next twenty years. The Second Harvest Culinary Training Program centered in the Darden Community Kitchen and the Distribution Center Training Program conducted in our warehouse provides workforce readiness training for adults who have a history of financial instability. An important component of both our training programs is the full range of life-skills classes included in the curriculum with topics such as basic banking and budgeting; business etiquette and resume writing; and techniques for relieving stress and balancing your work and home life. Acquiring these life-skills and job-readiness training will place our graduates on the path toward long-term financial stability. The use of our community areas has exceeded our initial projections. This has provided opportunities more quickly than anticipated for our culinary students to gain hands-on catering experience. But more importantly, thousands of people using the community areas have been able to view a food bank in action through the windows of the community areas and by taking tours of the center. Many of these visitors had never seen a food bank or knew what a food bank does. Many did not know how large the problem of hunger is in our own community. This new-found knowledge will mobilize more people to join in the fight against hunger.

The Morgan & Morgan,
P.A. Hunger Relief Center enables Second Harvest to distribute food resources
for tens of millions of pound of meals annually.  We have conservatively projected that over
the next twenty years our organization will have distributed over 644 million
pounds of food…which equates to $1.4 billion worth of food.  The Hunger Relief Center provides the capacity to develop and launch new programs. The first of our new programs, the Second Harvest Culinary Training Program, became a reality in 2013 because of the new Darden Foundation Community Kitchen. We added our Distribution Center Training Program two years later. Both programs provide job readiness training in addition to life-skills training which will provide the program graduates with the skills to attain and maintain financial stability and self-sufficiency.   During 2018 we launched Spoon Full of Hope, a signature product line of food items to benefit our Culinary Training Program.   We have introduced thousands of people to our work through the use of the Community Room by outside organizations and groups. Groups who visit these areas typically request tours for their guests, who then can view hunger relief activities in process. This is the first exposure to Second Harvest for many of these people, who will choose to become part of the solution to the problem of hunger. In addition to the Community Room, other meeting areas are available. These areas have state-of-the-art audio/video equipment available, and catering needs for meetings and events are prepared by the Community Kitchen and training program. This social entrepreneurial program provides general revenue for the Food Bank’s mission, and provides our culinary students with vital hands-on experience. Volunteers remain a major part of our fight against hunger in Central Florida. In fiscal year 2018-19, over 37,400 volunteers donated 127,000 hours to our mission. We have a large work area for up to 300 workers at a time, with a café-style break area. There is ample space for large groups. We have expanded volunteer opportunities to include some evening and Saturday hours. Second Harvest Food Bank has assembled a staff with a passion for making a difference in the community by helping to assure that people in need have nutritious food to eat. Our President/CEO has twenty-nine years of experience in the field of food banking, four of those at Feeding America as Vice President of Business Development, and 15 with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The Vice President of Development has been with our Food Bank for twenty-three years. Our Chief Operating Officer has over twenty years of experience logistics/distribution center management. Twenty-seven of our staff have been with Second Harvest for between 10 and 14 years; 5 people for between 15 years and 19 years; and 2 having worked over 20 years at the Food Bank.

Second Harvest Food Bank
has a history of successfully growing our mission to fight hunger. A major
component of that growth has been constant evaluation of our
programs. Each program has a goal of outputs established for the fiscal
year. As an indicator of progress towards the annual goal, a target for
each month is also established. The program manager provides a monthly
report of the prior month’s activities, which is reviewed by Senior
Management.  All food distribution programs are included in a monthly Operation Status Report. The monthly and year-to-date food donation and distribution results are compared to the monthly and annual goal and to the month and year-to-date results from the prior year. A report is prepared for the Childhood Hunger Programs showing the results year-to-date compared to the goal for each program activity. The Benefits Connection SNAP Outreach indicators are the number of applications submitted and approved. Indicators for the Culinary Training and Distribution Center Training programs are specific skills that must be achieved for the students to become work-force ready. A detailed report is prepared showing our current financial position and the progress of the Development Department toward their established fundraising goals. Our Chief Financial Officer provides a monthly overview of our financial status for the month and fiscal year-to-date All of the above reports are compiled into the monthly Board of Directors packet and included in the board meeting discussion. Monthly review of all aspects of our organization allows developing trends to be quickly identified and addressed to assure our capacity to meet the food assistance needs in our community.

The completion and occupancy of the
Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Hunger Relief Center in 2013 provided the
capacity to meet the food assistance needs of tens of thousands of struggling
Central Floridians. The increased food storage and distribution capacity
should conservatively allow enough food for approximately 495 million meals to
reach people in need over the next twenty years.The use of the community areas of the Hunger Relief Center by thousands of people from our community has increased their awareness of hunger and has provided an opportunity for them to see firsthand the working of our Food Bank The Second Harvest Culinary Training and Distribution Center Training programs are providing job-readiness skills for formerly underemployed/unemployed adults with the goal that these adults and their families will no long be faced with hunger because the family has long-term financial stability because of steady employment. Moving forward, we will work to educate people on the connection between the effects of hunger on the health of low-income people. Our vision is work collaboratively with healthcare providers and other nonprofits to provide healthy food boxes and nutrition education specific to chronic, diet-related diseases.

External Reviews


Charity Navigator 2012

Charity Navigator 2013

Charity Navigator 2014

Charity Navigator 2015

Charity Navigator 2016

Charity Navigator 2017


Affiliations & Memberships

America's Second Harvest - Affiliate 1984

Feeding America - Affiliate 1984


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