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Kari Vargas Joins Second Harvest’s Board of Directors

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ORLANDO, Fla. (March 23, 2021) Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida recently welcomed Kari Vargas to its board of directors.

Vargas is AdventHealth’s Market CEO for the West Orange and South Lake Counties, and serves as CEO of AdventHealth Winter Garden.

“Research shows food insecurity is one factor contributing to obesity and other health complications,” said Vargas. “That connection is one of the reasons why AdventHealth joined Second Harvest’s Health and Hunger Task Force.”

Vargas earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Central Florida and a master’s in business administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.

For nearly a year, Second Harvest’s food distribution has been equivalent to 300,000 meals a day – double the organization’s pre-pandemic operation levels. To learn how to support the food bank, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF)

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 has distributed enough food for 76 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 66,000 people a day. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

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