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Orlando high school’s Second Harvest food pantry helping students

Second Harvest supports food pantries all across Central Florida, including in public schools.There are hundreds across our region. The one at Olympia High School in Orange County is helping students, staff and their families through a unique partnership.Once a month, student volunteers help sort, organize, and distribute produce for both students and faculty in need, provided by Second Harvest Food Bank.“Essentially, people can come and pick what they’d like that way. It’s a more personalized experience,” Nikolas Medina said. This fresh market is part of a something bigger at Olympia: The Titan Market.>>> SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS LOCATIONS“Anybody can come through the window to get snacks. Anybody can come through the door and kind of get anything that they’d like. We’re not ever asking any personal questions like your name, anything like that, you can just come in, take whatever you need,” Medina said. The number one item picked up is peanut butter. But students can also take home things to make meals for themselves and their families.“The pastas, like the rice, and the noodles and all that type of stuff, and our mac and cheese — all of that stuff goes pretty fast,” Devin Clancy said.Clancy, a senior, oversees marketing the market on campus. He’s been with the program at Olympia High School since its inception three years ago after his mom, Jaime Clancy, also a teacher, fought to bring the Titan Market on campus.** APP USERS – CLICK HERE TO DONATE **“We have so many kids that are in need, and food scarcity is just not just a national issue, but an international issue. And so I thought it was a great opportunity for the students to be a part of solving a problem that we’re all dealing with.” Jamie Clancy said. One in five children in Central Florida is at risk of going to bed hungry.The Titan Market is helping ease that burden. It’s also teaching the students. Ms. Clancy’s seventh period research class is dedicated to the management and operation of the Titan Market. “A lot of times, people don’t really think about like food, in a sense, especially when it comes to teenagers. A big thing that we’ve always tried to get rid of is the stigma behind asking for help,” Medina said. “My parents especially didn’t come from very easy background, they kind of struggled a lot in life. So just hearing those stories, all throughout kind of caused me to try to help people.”“A lot of us are like, could be caught up in our own little bubbles in our own little worlds. But if we take a moment to look outside of our little worlds and see all that is going on, we can see that it’s not all perfect. And that that you can help a whole lot of people by just doing a small thing,” Devin Clancy said. A fresh market that distributes food with a heaping help of hope.

Second Harvest supports food pantries all across Central Florida, including in public schools.

There are hundreds across our region. The one at Olympia High School in Orange County is helping students, staff and their families through a unique partnership.

Once a month, student volunteers help sort, organize, and distribute produce for both students and faculty in need, provided by Second Harvest Food Bank.

“Essentially, people can come and pick what they’d like that way. It’s a more personalized experience,” Nikolas Medina said.

This fresh market is part of a something bigger at Olympia: The Titan Market.

>>> SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS LOCATIONS

“Anybody can come through the window to get snacks. Anybody can come through the door and kind of get anything that they’d like. We’re not ever asking any personal questions like your name, anything like that, you can just come in, take whatever you need,” Medina said.

The number one item picked up is peanut butter. But students can also take home things to make meals for themselves and their families.

“The pastas, like the rice, and the noodles and all that type of stuff, and our mac and cheese — all of that stuff goes pretty fast,” Devin Clancy said.

Clancy, a senior, oversees marketing the market on campus. He’s been with the program at Olympia High School since its inception three years ago after his mom, Jaime Clancy, also a teacher, fought to bring the Titan Market on campus.

** APP USERS – CLICK HERE TO DONATE **

“We have so many kids that are in need, and food scarcity is just not just a national issue, but an international issue. And so I thought it was a great opportunity for the students to be a part of solving a problem that we’re all dealing with.” Jamie Clancy said.

One in five children in Central Florida is at risk of going to bed hungry.

The Titan Market is helping ease that burden. It’s also teaching the students.

Ms. Clancy’s seventh period research class is dedicated to the management and operation of the Titan Market.

“A lot of times, people don’t really think about like food, in a sense, especially when it comes to teenagers. A big thing that we’ve always tried to get rid of is the stigma behind asking for help,” Medina said. “My parents especially didn’t come from very easy background, they kind of struggled a lot in life. So just hearing those stories, all throughout kind of caused me to try to help people.”

“A lot of us are like, could be caught up in our own little bubbles in our own little worlds. But if we take a moment to look outside of our little worlds and see all that is going on, we can see that it’s not all perfect. And that that you can help a whole lot of people by just doing a small thing,” Devin Clancy said.

A fresh market that distributes food with a heaping help of hope.

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