Always need for helping hands

You're probably looking forward to eating out again after the orgy of home cooking we've recently survived. Unfortunately, thousands of families in Central Florida don't have the same dining options.

You might be familiar with the drives conducted to help the Second Harvest food bank collect meals for those in need. But an unsung and vital part of the harvest is Second Helpings, which gathers unused food from area restaurants, hotels and caterers, meals that would otherwise be thrown out. The good folks at Disney, Universal, TropiGrill, Pizza Hut, The Peabody Orlando and others (7-Eleven donates 500 pounds of sandwiches a day!) make sure that homeless shelters and day-care centers get meals, and that's got to be worth our admiration and patronage. Let those donors know they're appreciated, and call Second Harvest at 407-295-1066 to see what you can do to help.

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