This holiday season, Central Florida residents will be looking to support local businesses more than ever as the need is great across the entire region. Second Harvest Food Bank provides a variety of specialty gift offerings that also give back at the same time. Through A Spoon Full of Hope, the organization’s multi-product food retail line, a variety of customizable gift options are available ranging from unique gifts for friends and family to corporate holiday packages. And back by popular demand is the Honey Bear Trio ($10) comprised of two-ounce sizes of local, raw and unfiltered orange blossom, palmetto and wildflower Honey for Good. Proceeds from each purchase goes back into Second Harvest’s no-cost, 16-week Culinary Training Program for disadvantaged adults.
“A Spoon Full of Hope provides a wonderful opportunity for corporations and individuals alike to purchase a local gift that gives back to the community at the same time,” stated Dave Krepcho, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “Every time a purchase is made, you are guaranteed to be making a difference in someone’s life; and that’s year-round. Also, each item in the A Spoon Full of Hope food product line includes fresh, clean ingredients with no preservatives or additives including the highest quality standards from vendors who share our same philosophy.”
A Spoon Full of Hope was designed to financially support the 16-week Culinary Training Program, which provides at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults no-cost culinary and life skills training to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry – thus shortening the line of need across Central Florida.
The Honey for Good trio of orange blossom, palmetto and wildflower are locally sourced through 39-year-old Goldenrod Apiaries; and packed raw, uncooked and unfiltered. All of the packaging and labeling occurs by staff and volunteers in Second Harvest’s Darden Production Kitchen. The tomato basil soup was created by Second Harvest Chef Jill Holland in collaboration with packaging partner IPAC located in Winter Springs.
Visit ASpoonFullofHope.org to learn more or to view and purchase any of A Spoon Full of Hope products and gift baskets. To customize a basket, please contact Lanette Jarvis, catering sales manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 407-514-1048.
About A Spoon Full of Hope
On October 30, 2018, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida became the first Feeding America network member across the United States to launch a multi-product signature food retail line – A Spoon Full of Hope. This signature line includes a tomato basil Soup for Good; mangrove, orange blossom, palmetto, and wildflower Honey for Good; shortbread Cookies for Good; and a healthy Lunch for Good. Proceeds from product sales directly supports the 16-week Culinary Training program, which provides at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults no-cost culinary and life skills training to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry. Learn more at ASpoonFullofHope.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn at A Spoon Full of Hope.
About the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Culinary Training Program
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFB) provides qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry. The 16-week program is provided at no charge and designed toassist students with barriers that would prevent them from achieving success while enrolled,such as lack of food, housing, transportation, childcare and medical and mental health needs. Additionally, students experience a life skills component of the program that prepares them for work-readiness, appropriate work behaviors, resumes and interviewing techniques, household budgeting, stress relief and time management. Since 2013, more than 350 students have graduated from the program. Click here to learn more.
About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
SHFBCF is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. Last year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed nearly 58 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. In addition, Second Harvest’s 16-week culinary program teaches foodservice-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults. Second Harvest is distributing enough food to feed 48,000 people a day. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.