Florida Hospital-Second Harvest Food Bank Partnership
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Do you recall our previous post on “What Would You Do To Reduce Food Waste In ‘Just Eat It-A Food Waste Movie‘” about two years ago and “Healthy Pantries in West Orange of Second Harvest Food Bank, Heaven Sent” about a year ago?
Given that recent study indicates 70% of the households of the Central Florida families had to choose between paying their mortgage/rent or buying food, and the fact that many of these families rely on Second Harvest Food Bank’s local network of feeding partners to get the food they need to survive, I am really happy to report that Florida Hospital is launching an initiative that will be expanding a program to donate unused food. Instead of being sent to a landfill, these unused food would be put into good use. Florida Hospital is giving thousands of pounds of food to the community each month through a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.
From chicken, vegetable, eggs, to bread, Florida Hospital prepares thousands of meals daily in hospital campus cafeterias for patients, employees, and visitors. Hospital dietitian Tennille Yates said the hospital donates about 15 hundred pounds of food each month from two of its campuses. “Because it’s not an option to run out of food in a hospital, there is almost always some food that remains at the end of service,” said Yates, “Now we’re diverting that from a landfill to hungry people”. This is a measure in the right direction not only in helping to feed hungry people, but also in slowing global warming by decreasing the amount of food in the landfills. In the coming months, the program will expand to include all seven Florida Hospital campuses.
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.
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