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Wawa Pledges $1 Million To Second Harvest to Feed More Children and Families

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ORLANDO, Fla., — Tonight in Central Florida, one in five children is at risk of going to bed hungry. A $1 million grant from Wawa to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida aims to change that statistic by increasing the amount of fresh produce sent home with kids who are experiencing food insecurity.

The goal of Wawa and Second Harvest’s “Fly Beyond” pilot program is to reach more than 53,000 households over a 12-month period through two of the food bank’s childhood hunger prevention initiatives: the School Partnerships and Summer Food Service programs.

In addition to giving Second Harvest the ability to purchase and distribute more fresh produce, the funding will:

  • Add 10 new Fresh Market sites at local schools
  • Transform the Kids Pack initiative into a Family Weekend Meal Bag that will contain nutritious foods equal to 10 meals per household
  • Enhance the Summer Food Service Program with a take home bag filled with fresh produce and other pantry staples each week
  • Provide reusable and insulated tote bags for both programs
  • Add customized display carts at 35 Fresh Market schools – making it easier for students to grab fresh produce as they head home

“Through this first-of-its-kind investment, Wawa is ensuring children in Central Florida have access to the nutritious wholesome food they need to thrive,” said Derrick Chubbs, President and CEO of Second Harvest. “Inflation is causing more families to make difficult decisions about what they can afford, and this partnership can help lessen worries about food costs.”

Robert Yeatts, Sr. Director of Florida Operations for Wawa said, “Fueling up takes on a whole new meaning with ‘Fly Beyond.’ We hope this new pilot program inspires goodness by making fresh, healthy foods conveniently available to families to create nutritious meals at home without worrying about how to afford it. Having greater access to fresh produce will improve the ability of kids in our communities to learn, lead and succeed.”

Throughout the year, Wawa’s culinary team will create recipes that feature many of the food items being distributed. Those recipes can be found online at the “Fly Beyond” landing page.

Wawa and Second Harvest intend to use the “Fly Beyond” pilot program and results as a road map for collaborations with other food banks or for others to implement similar programs.

For more information about how to support hunger relief efforts across Central Florida, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

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FDLE to investigate Orange County Sheriff’s Office in custody death of woman

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that on February 20, 2024, at around 3 a.m., deputies responded to 11100 block of Crystal Glen Boulevard in reference to a woman knocking on doors and displaying erratic behavior in the area. When a deputy arrived on scene, they heard breaking glass, which was later determined to be the woman throwing a large paver stone through the window of a residence.

The first deputy on scene made contact with the woman, who began to fight with that deputy. As back up deputies arrived, they were able to secure the woman, who then became unresponsive. Deputies rendered aid and the woman was transported to the hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating this in custody death and will turn over its findings to the State Attorney’s Office for review. Once that process is completed, OCSO will conduct its own internal investigation.

The deputies involved are on temporary, paid administrative leave. This is all the information we have for release at this time.

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Senator Geraldine Thompson Hosts Gospel Concert in Celebration of African American History Month

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State Senator Geraldine Thompson speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Opening Day of the 2023 Legislative Session at the Florida State Capitol Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

Orlando, Fla. – All are invited to an evening of music hosted by Senator Geraldine F. Thompson (D-Orlando) and The Wells Built Museum of African American History and Culture. In keeping with the theme for African American History Month, African Americans and the Arts, we invite you to join us for a gospel concert featuring Maurette Brown Clark, who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the President of the United States for her contribution to gospel and her ability to lift the spirits of people throughout America. Maurette Brown Clark released the highly acclaimed song, “I Just Wanna Praise You” and is a recipient of the Stellar Awards.

What: The Return: Gospel Concert

When: Saturday, February 24, 2024

7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church

535 W. Washington St. Orlando, Florida 32801

 

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Orlando Police Arrests Shawn Patrick Spencer III for Homicide

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – According to Orlando Police, on January 30, 2024, at approximately 1:14 p.m., Orlando Police officers responded to the Jernigan Gardens apartments located in the 1400 block of Mercy Drive in reference to a shooting.

The investigation revealed that this shooting began as a Home Invasion/Armed Burglary that led to the resident firing at the suspect. Upon arrival, officers located an individual in the breezeway with a gunshot wound. This individual, identified as Kevin Dewayne Hodges (B/M, 18yoa), succumbed to his injuries.

Source: Orlando Police

Orlando Police Homicide Detectives have charged Shawn Patrick Spencer III (B/M 18yoa) with Homicide-Murder while engaged in Burglary and Armed Burglary of a Dwelling with a Firearm in connection to this shooting.

Today, Spencer III was picked up and taken into custody by the Orlando Police Department’s Fugitive Investigative Unit.

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