Second Harvest Ultimate Garden Party Raises $325,000+ For Local Hunger Relief


( ENSPIRE Community Spotlight ) Second Harvest Food Bank Raising Money for Hunger Relief in Central Florida Community

ENSPIRE Contributor: Daniel Garritson

One in eight people in the Central Florida community cannot afford to feed themselves and their families. As of 2020, 12.3%, one in eight people, and 18.3%, one in five children, lived in food-insecure households. This information was found by Feeding America. The Meal Gap interactive food insecurity map can be found here. However, with the work of Feeding America and its partner food banks, changemakers in their communities are fighting to bring support to those in need. 

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a Four Star Charity (the highest rating) on Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. It is a private, non-profit organization that works both to feed the food insecure in the 7-county area and to provide training for the economically insecure to help them find suitable jobs to support themselves. 

Second Harvest Food Bank is grateful to the community for its ongoing support of local hunger relief efforts. The money raised at this annual event will help Second Harvest Food Bank continue feeding hope through its network of over 625 community feeding partners. More than $325,000 was raised at the 2nd annual Ultimate Garden Party, which was held May 20 at the Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. The money will provide 1.3 million meals to thousands of neighbors experiencing hunger. 

Since early 2020, Second Harvest has more than doubled the amount of food it is distributing – enough for 300,000 meals a day – across Orange, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, Seminole, Lake, and Marion counties. For information about how to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, or to find the nearest community feeding partner for assistance, visit

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