Second Harvest North Florida Volume 2 • Issue 4 • July 2010 www.WeNourishHope.org
a newsletter for food industry donors
Walmart and Sam's Club local store donations set the pace Deeply committed to ending domestic hunger, Walmart is one of Second Harvest North Florida’s (SHNF) top corporate donors. Walmart and Sam’s Club have recently been named Donor of the Year by Feeding America, the nation’s leading hungerrelief organization, after providing outstanding donations of food, funds and vehicles during 2009.
Donation ABCs: An alphabetical exploration of the many different kinds of products you can donate to Second Harvest.
Test Product Inventory: When your company is launching a new product and has test product leftover from gathering initial feedback, what happens to that product (dump, sold, donated, other)?
Jim Chynoweth, SHNF director of distribution (left), and Thomas Mantz, SHNF executive director (right), gratefully accept Walmart's recent truck donation on behalf of Second Harvest North Florida.
National food donations from Walmart and Sam’s Club during 2009 totaled a record 116 million pounds — the largest annual food donation ever to Feeding America. In North Florida, Walmart and Sam’s Club together donated 583,000 pounds and are on pace to double that number for 2010. Walmart has announced a $2 billion commitment over five years through its “Fighting Hunger Together” campaign. This commitment includes $250 million in cash grants and in-kind donations of food donated to Feeding America food banks through the Store Donation Program over five years. As part of Walmart's five-year "Fighting Hunger Together" initiative, from now through Aug. 15, visitors to its “Fighting Hunger Together” website at
www.walmart.com/fightinghunger can join the fight. For every plate “shared” on Facebook, Walmart will donate the value of one nutritious meal to Feeding America, up to one million meals. Funds will support Feeding America national programs. Walmart and Sam’s Club are the largest donors in Second Harvest's local Store Donation Program. Walmart and Sam’s Club stores currently account for 40 percent of the program. Sadly, hunger is not an abstract concept in America. The staggering reality is that one in six people doesn't know where his or her next meal is coming from on any given day. Hunger exists in all of our communities, even if we can’t always see it. People across the nation are being forced to make tough decisions — between paying for dinner for their families or paying medical bills, utilities and even rent. We know that those hit the hardest by our economy’s downturn face the longest and steepest uphill battle to financial recovery. Thanks to the long-term, ongoing support of partners like Walmart, we will continue to lead the fight against hunger, a fight we cannot win alone. Thanks to the generosity of Walmart, we are making headway in this fight. We are so grateful to all of our corporate partners for their long-term support.
Unfinished Product: Are there situations that may result in a component of your finished product (i.e. sauce pellet, oil, flavoring, or spice packet) being held or rejected for usage? What happens to those items? Unlabeled Product: What happens to product that is produced but is unlabeled and held in inventory? How long is the product held as your company looks for a customer (private label)? Warehouse Closings: If your company is forced to shut down a warehouse and you are on a tight turnaround to vacate the property, where does the existing inventory go? Contact Elliot Darkatsh, food procurement director, to donate inventory by calling 904.517.5554 or e-mailing edarkatsh@WeNourishHope.org.
20th Annual Jacksonville FOODFIGHT raises more than $97,000 for Second Harvest! The June 10 event was the best ever, with 1,200 people sampling the finest food and spirits from 50 restaurants and beverage distributors.
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Second Harvest North Florida 1502 Jessie Street Jacksonville, FL 32206 www.WeNourishHope.org
What would you do if you had to choose between buying medicine for your child and buying food for yourself? The mission of Second Harvest North Florida is to distribute food and grocery products to hungry people and to educate the public about the causes and possible solutions to problems of domestic hunger.
1502 Jessie Street Jacksonville, FL 32206 Main: 904.353.FOOD www.WeNourishHope.org
To donate food:
Elliot Darkatsh Director of Procurement 904.517.5554 edarkatsh@WeNourishHope.org
Leah Bezares Office Manager 904.517.5550 lbezares@WeNourishHope.org
To make financial donations: Karen Rieley, CFRE Vice President for Advancement 904.730.8281 krieley@WeNourishHope.org
Second Harvest joins Feeding Florida First to get fresh, nutritious food from local farmers to hungry people Florida is the nation’s leader in production of winter fruit and vegetables including oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, sugarcane, snap beans, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, squash and bell peppers. Our state is second in the nation in the production of strawberries and sweet corn. In 2005, the value-added impact of fruit and vegetables, farming and processing amounted to $7.28 billion. Florida agriculture is a tremendous resource for highly nutritious food; however, local food has historically played a limited role in meeting the nutritional needs of those experiencing hunger in this state.
Second Harvest North Florida is working closely with the Florida Association of Food Banks (FAFB) to get more fresh Florida produce. The Feeding Florida First (FFF) initiative is a new effort led by Dr. Chip Hinton, a longtime supporter and advocate of Florida agriculture. Hinton's goal is to distribute produce commodities equitably throughout Florida food banks. Second Harvest has already received pallets of fresh tomatoes as part of the program. Second Harvest's partnership with FFF, Dr. Hinton and the FAFB will increase produce procurement efforts to get fresh food items in the hands of those who need it most.
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