Corporation Doing Good!
On July 22 it was announced that banking giant Chase will donate two state-of-the-art refrigerated delivery trucks to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to supply access to fruits, vegetables and other fresh foods. Chase also donated funds to operate each of these trucks for the first year…nice!
The trucks will be used to collect and distribute food to over 50,000 people in need throughout Second Harvest’s six-county service area: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.
“Last year, Second Harvest distributed more than 26 million pounds of product and we won’t slow down next year. We can’t,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest. “Extra vehicles in our fleet will boost our efforts significantly and help us reach more of our neighbors in need. We are deeply grateful to Chase for this generous donation.”
Chase announced its donation in Central Florida as part of a $5 million national grant to Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks. This donation marks the largest single corporate donation that Feeding America has received from a corporation to date. Second Harvest is a member of the Feeding America network.
In Central Florida alone, more than 731,900 people – 47 percent of which are of children – receive emergency food each year in the Second Harvest’s service area. Since 2006, soup kitchens and shelters have seen a 100 to 400 percent increase in need for 50 or more additional meals per week
The food bank will distribute large volumes of nutritional product to local food pantries, soup kitchens or other agencies, which serve more than 55,000 Central Floridians each week.
The Top 5 had no idea the numbers of Floridians served each and every week by the local food services…perhaps you might consider volunteering or making a donation to such a cause next time you plan on doing something charitable?
55,000 a week… wow!