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Second Harvest Food Bank Receives $75,000 from Morgan Stanley Foundation to Reintroduce Elements of Choice to School Market Programs

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Donation Will Help Children and Families Facing Hunger in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2022) Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida announced today it received a $75,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to provide families with children in Brevard, Lake, Seminole, Osceola, Volusia and Orange counties the ability to choose from available foods or food boxes at its school partnership sites. The funds will provide a unique opportunity for Second Harvest to explore how to incorporate more elements of choice to food distributions at its School Markets Program sites, while still maintaining safety protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic. The choice model provides more healthy options and ensures families have access to foods aligned with their preferences and dietary requirements.

As a result of COVID-19, one in five children may face hunger in Central Florida. Second Harvest, a member of the Feeding America® network, is one of 28 member food banks to receive this funding from the Morgan Stanley Foundation. It is projected that this grant will enable Second Harvest to sustain its School Markets Program and expand the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables within the market sites. This program sets up accessible areas in partnering schools where students may freely choose from a variety of snack and meal options for themselves and their families, with no question of eligibility.

“Our School Markets Program fills an important and unique need in the community,” said Derrick Chubbs, President and CEO at Second Harvest. “This program aims to reduce the stigma barrier associated with food insecurity and give teens easy access to the food they need. We’re so grateful to the Morgan Stanley Foundation for helping us meet that need and making programs like this possible.”

Feeding America will support member food banks in identifying appropriate ways to engage families experiencing food insecurity during the reintroduction of the choice model. In addition, it will capture key learnings and identify opportunities to help other member food banks reintroduce elements of choice to their work.

“For 60 years, the Morgan Stanley Foundation has been dedicated to ensuring children received the healthy start to life they deserve – and ensuring they have access to healthy and nutritious food is a crucial part of that commitment,” said Joan Steinberg, Global Head of Philanthropy at Morgan Stanley. “Given the challenges that we’ve seen exacerbated by the pandemic over the past year, we are pleased to build upon our decade long partnership with Feeding America to help fight hunger through this impactful choice model in the communities where we live and work.”

Morgan Stanley has a long-standing commitment to helping communities facing hunger and has donated more than $38 million to the Feeding America network in the last decade.

To learn more about how you can join the fight to end hunger, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

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 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. In the past year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank has distributed enough food for 97 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 at no cost to them. Second Harvest is distributing enough food for a quarter of a million meals every day to the six-county service area. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

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Meaghan Branham

Meaghan Branham is the managing editor for i4 Business, where she oversees the company’s digital media strategy, handles client relationship marketing for the print and digital magazines, and serves as one of the publication’s lead writers. A native of Brevard County, she splits her time between Central Florida and Nashville, Tennessee.

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