Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida recently received a $100,000 donation from ConcordRENTS, an affordable and market-rate multifamily housing property-management company based in Maitland.
These funds will go directly to purchasing fresh produce from local farmers, which will then be distributed to Second Harvest’s network of more than 500 feeding partners across Volusia, Orange, Osceola, Lake, Brevard and Seminole counties.
“We recognize that a stable home leads to improved outcomes surrounding health, employment and education. We wanted to continue contributing in ways beyond housing in an attempt to further support these improved outcomes,” said Jonathan Thomas, president of ConcordRENTS. “We are therefore excited to announce ConcordRENTS’ contribution of $100,000 to Second Harvest of Central Florida in addition to the $200,000 we have contributed to date. To us, this offers perfect alignment in our respective mission of serving those in need here locally.”
One in seven Central Floridians, including one in five children, are experiencing food insecurity; in other words, they do not know where their next meal will come from. Second Harvest is distributing enough food for 250,000 meals a day, which is nearly double distribution levels prior to the pandemic.
“The lines for food assistance haven’t gotten any shorter in the past 21 months,” said Dan Samuels, director of philanthropy at Second Harvest. “Our feeding partners are working hard to keep shelves stocked with supplies, but are experiencing ongoing, unprecedented need. Fresh produce is among the most-requested items. This generous donation from ConcordRENTS will have a huge impact.”
For every $10 that is donated to Second Harvest, the food bank can provide 40 meals. To make a financial contribution or to set up a virtual food and fund drive, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.