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Sunday, November 21, 2010

EOC Kiwanis and UCF CKI Team Up to Fight Hunger

The EOC Kiwanis club teamed up with our UCF CKI brethren to fight hunger at the Second Harvest Food Bank (1918 W. Princeton St, Orlando, FL) on Saturday, November 20th. Second Harvest is a private, nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donated food to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties. These organizations serve over 700,000 people (20% of the Central Florida population) each year, and Second Harvest relies on donorship from local food retailers and volunteer efforts to accomplish their mission.

The EOC Kiwanians and UCF CKI'ers responded to Second Harvest's call for volunteers on Saturday, November 20th, 2010. After watching a moving video about the children and families who Second Harvest serves, we migrated to the warehouse for a tutorial on how the food is to be sorted. Believe it or not, there are a lot of rules (and exceptions to the rules!) which need to be followed when sorting the food that is donated by local food retailers such as Publix, Winn Dixie, and Walgreens. We then dove into the hundreds of unsorted boxes... Three hours later, over 15 pallets containing 36 boxes each were ready for distribution to the community - not to mention to 95 lbs of tuna which we donated for our "Two Tons o' Tuna" drive!

A big thanks goes to our volunteers for the day: Gene, Yoli, Wanda, Jared, Brent, Jeremy A., Jason, Stephanie, Paige, and four members of UCF CKI! Volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank is one of the best and most productive service opportunities in Central Florida. I highly recommend you spend a day with them serving the local community and learning about Second Harvest's operations. It's safe to say that we'll all be a little more thankful this year as we celebrate Thanksgiving!

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