It’s not every day that shopping for your groceries can make a difference in your community — but Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s A Spoon Full of Hope lineup of products aims to do just that.
Launched in 2018, the product line has gained popularity for its soups, honey and classic shortbread cookies. Now, the enterprise is introducing three new shortbread cookie flavors — strawberry lemonade, cranberry pistachio, and chai — as well as a new look for its retail brand.
One hundred percent of A Spoon Full of Hope’s proceeds directly support Second Harvest’s no-cost 16-week Culinary Training Program, which provides qualified, economically challenged adults with the culinary and life skills training to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry.
“We’re successfully demonstrating the power of innovation when it comes to hunger relief,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest. “As the first Feeding America network member to launch a multi-product signature food line, Second Harvest is not only committed to remaining competitive in the retail market, but also to providing the opportunity for more people to build employability skills — especially when food service jobs are in such high demand.”
More than 380 students have graduated from Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program, which was established in 2013. Of those, more than 95 percent went right to work or continued their education in the restaurant/catering industry.
Forty-five retailers currently sell in their stores A Spoon Full of Hope Tomato Basil Soup; A Spoon Full of Hope Honey in mangrove, orange blossom, palmetto and wildflower varieties; and A Spoon Full of Hope Classic Shortbread Cookies.
The products can also be purchased online individually, in bulk or as part of a gift basket at www.ASpoonFullofHope.org.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a member of Feeding America — the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States.
Second Harvest 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 96 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes.
Second Harvest is distributing enough food for a quarter-million meals every day in its six-county service area.
In addition, Second Harvest’s 16-week culinary program teaches food-service-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults at no cost to them.
To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and its Culinary Training Program, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.