Volunteering in Orlando ~ Second Harvest Food Bank

I was excited to be part of a day of volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank. I am a bit familiar with the work of Second Harvest, but I was looking forward to visiting and finding out what it would be like as a volunteer and see what they do first hand.

I went with a group of about twenty other lady bloggers who are part of the Central Florida Lady Bloggers. Our group was assigned a date and time for when were going be sorting food and putting them in boxes.

Second Harvest Food Bank has a wonderful website that makes volunteering quite easy. You can organize a group or sign in for a slot that works best for you. There are a number of opportunities each week. They also have a Family Night once a month on Tuesday evening and "unique" volunteer opportunities at various events around town.  
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

After you arrive you and get signed at the front desk you will go into the break room and watch the video, Meet Kate.

After the video, you are then given a locker to store your belongings and off you go. Our group was in the warehouse. I couldn't believe how big this place was. It's quite shocking to think that a warehouse of this size exists because of the demand of hungry people in our area.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Our Lady Bloggers worked alongside a handful of people from another group assembling these food boxes. Each one of us had a specific job to do along the assembly line. I was in charge of making sure each box had a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

A box of food items being packaged at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
I wish I could remember how many boxes we put together because it was a lot. It takes a little work to keep the line running smooth, but the time goes by so fast because you are busy. We took a short break half way through our time to sit down and rest in the break room. Please remember when you are volunteering you will want to dress comfortably since you will be on your feet for a few hours.  There are not open shoes allowed either.
Warehouse with food at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

There are many ways you can give back to the Second Harvest Food Bank. I felt volunteering was a nice way to feel connected and see how the operation is run. While they can alway use volunteers there are other ways you can help Second Harvest. Second Harvest also has some upcoming events that help feed those who need it in Central Florida including:

Guest Chef Night at Second Harvest Food Bank on Tuesday, March 20th.

Wine Women & Shoes on Saturday, April 12th

Last year I enjoyed going to the Taste of the Nationwhich helped raise $245,192 to support their feeding programs. This year's Taste of the Nation takes place August 9th at the Orlando World Marriott Center.

I would also encourage you to stay connected with them on various social media platforms where the keep the community up to date with what they are doing and keep informing the public of our local hunger statistics and where they could use the help.  

When we live in a community where our family, friends or neighbors go hungry it impacts us all. I hope you will be encouraged to find a way to help make a difference to Fight Hunger in Central Florida.