Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is working to provide healthy meals for kids and their families. Recently Village Farms Fresh has become part of this effort through a team volunteer endeavor in conjunction with their Mercy Kitchen location that provides meals to a variety of children’s after school programs in the greater Orlando, Florida area.
A team from the Lake Mary corporate office comprised of employees from the Village Farms and Village Farms Fresh divisions spent a morning assembling nutritious meals for children at the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Mercy Kitchen location. In total 7500 meals were assembled for children. In combination with the volunteer effort Village Farms Fresh is currently running a virtual food drive on their social media channels, including Facebook and Instagram, as part of Second Harvest Food bank “Hope of the Holidays” program where each $10 donation funds 40 meals.
According to Helen L. Aquino, Director of Brand Marketing & Communications for Village Farms Fresh, “It was a fun and engaging experience to be part of Mercy Kitchen’s day-to-day process and for us as a company to give back in this small way through a morning of volunteering. Super happy we prepared healthy and balanced children’s meals that included an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetable”.
According to their website, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects, stores, and distributes donated food to more than 625 feeding partners in seven Central Florida counties. Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia and Marion. Last year, with the help of numerous donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed enough food for 81 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes.
With a mission to create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while multiplying the generosity of a caring community, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s vision of inspiring and engaging community to end hunger and help neighbors thrive is one Village Farms Fresh is honored to take part in. For more information about Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and their efforts to fight hunger please visit their website at www.feedhopenow.org For more information about Village Farms Fresh visit www.villagefarmsfresh.com
About Village Farms Fresh
Village Farms Fresh is one of the largest growers, marketers, and distributors of premium-quality, greenhouse-grown fruits, and vegetables in North America. The food the company’s farmers grow are all harvested by hand from environmentally friendly, soil-less, glass greenhouses daily utilizing the highest level of food safety standards available. The Village Farms® brand of fruits and vegetables are marketed and distributed primarily to local retail grocers and dedicated fresh food distributors throughout the United States and Canada. Since its inception, Village Farms has been guided by sustainability principles that enable the company to grow food 365 days a year that not only feeds the growing population but is healthier for people and the planet. Village Farms is Good for the Earth® and good for you. Good for the Earth® and Garden Fresh Flavor® are not only taglines for the company but the value proposition Village Farms Fresh lives by. And this is why, it Takes a Village® to deliver on this promise.