🌽 More than enough food to feed every person

🌽 More than enough food to feed every person

Check out this aerial shot from our visit to Bekemeyer Farms in Winter Garden in March.


Last week, we told you that September is Hunger Action Month. We provided some background information on one organization in town that’s doing its part to curb food insecurity and end hunger, specifically in our own backyard. To continue the conversation this week, in partnership with Society of St. Andrew, we’ve put together a list of ways to get involved to help in the fight against hunger. We’ll start with some stats.


  • 133 billion pounds of food are wasted each year
  • 54 million people in the U.S. are food insecure
  • The average American consumes just under 2,000 pounds of food per year.
  • Even if every food insecure person was given the average 2,000 lbs. of food, there would still be an excess of 25 billion pounds of food.

What this boils down to is that the U.S. produces more than enough food each year to feed every person, we just need to stop wasting food that we grow.

Today, we’re challenging you to participate in Hunger Action Month by following along with these daily action items:

Learn how to (properly) read food labels. Since there is no federal law on expiration dates there is a lot of unknown when it comes to “when has my food gone bad?” This video is a good place to start to understand what expiration dates really mean.

Rearrange your fridge to follow the “First in, First out” rule. First In, First Out (FIFO) is a system for storing and rotating food. In FIFO, the food that has been in storage longest (“first in”) should be the next food used (“first out”). This method helps restaurants and homes keep their food storage organized and use food before it goes bad.

Make your lunch at home today and donate what you would have spent to a hunger relief nonprofit. A few local hunger relief nonprofits include Feeding Children Everywhere, Orlando Union Rescue Mission, Servant’s Heart Ministry, Catholic Charities, Second Harvest of Central Florida and Bread for the World.

Start a food drive within your neighborhood, social/religious group or city district. Want to know how to get started? Check out this how-to.

Sign up with the Society of St. Andrew for a glean this fall. The Society of St. Andrew is a local hunger relief nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger by salvaging fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste. Gleans are held on weekdays and Saturday mornings throughout the harvest season. They are always in need of new volunteers.


Is there something or someone in the Greater Orlando area that you want to explore further? A nonprofit you want to know more about? Send your ideas our way by shooting us an email at hello@pulp.town or tag us on social at #pulptown and @pulptown.


Free the bikes. Dockless bike share — rental bicycles that are unlocked via mobile app and can, therefore, be picked up and dropped off anywhere — could soon be coming to Orlando, if city council votes in favor of a new ordinance today. Dockless bike share is popular in many other U.S. cities — and at UCF, but it comes with its share of problems, including bikes getting discarded in the middle of sidewalks or other inconvenient places. (WKMG)

Fried chicken ‘n’ country. Country music star Blake Shelton has selected the ICON Orlando 360 complex as a location for one of six of his new Ole Red restaurants. The eatery will serve Southern comfort food — think chicken and waffles, catfish and brisket — along with some Orlando-only specialties. Opening is set for early 2020. (Orlando Weekly)

Bear aware. Yogi is officially uninvited to the picnic party in Central Florida, where state wildlife officials are doling out more than $300,000 to help communities deter wild bears. The money will be used to purchase locking trash containers for residents and bear-proof dumpsters for parks and other public places. (Orlando Sentinel)

A win-win. A vacant lot in Sanford that’s been the site of numerous police calls could soon be transformed into an 85-unit affordable housing complex offering on-site resources and training for residents. Supporters say the project — called Warley Park — will be different than a homeless shelter and will be the first complex of its kind in Central Florida. (WFTV)

Dining destination. Clermont will soon be home to a 5,000-square-foot food hall modeled after similar complexes elsewhere in Florida and around the globe. The Montrose Street Market will open this winter with a beer and wine garden and food offerings ranging from a crepery to a cheese shop. The owners say they’re working to bring in live music and want the space to be a destination for downtown Clermont. (Orlando Sentinel)

On good terms. Orlando Pride and Head Coach Tom Sermanni have parted ways. Sermanni has been with the Pride since the beginning in 2016 and leaves with a 25-30-13 record. (ProSoccer)


🗣 Attend Rally’s summer series pitch event (North Quarter)
🎸 Rock out to the musical movie Hair (Maitland)
🙈 NSFW Check out this R-rated sex ed class (College Park)
🌮 Network over tacos and tequila (Winter Park)
🤝 THROUGH THURSDAY Help Hurricane Florence victims by donating (Downtown) 🆕

🍔 It’s National Cheeseburger Day and Pig Floyds is celebrating (Mills 50)
🖼 Go see this European art show (Loch Haven)
🎟 Get up close and personal with the Orlando Ballet (Thornton Park)
🕊 THROUGH SUNDAY Attend the Global Peace Film Festival (Winter Park) 🆕

🧘🏻‍♀️ Namaste at Fashion Week (Millennia) 🆕
🧘🏻‍♀️ A dynamic duo of yoga and beer (Orlo Vista) 🆕
👑 Check out the opening night of The Royal Family (Downtown) 🆕
🍺 Take a tour of some of Orlando’s finest breweries and bars (Ivanhoe) 🆕

🎭 Attend this improv and BYOB (College Park) 🆕
🥘 This night out is bound to be tasty (Parramore) 🆕
🎤 Catch Kaleigh Baker performing at Lil Indies (Mills 50) 🆕
👯‍♀️ Check out this girls night at Sugar Factory (I-Drive) 🆕
🖼 Meet us at Third Thursday’s Art Walk (Downtown) 🆕
⛳️ If cars and golf are your thing, this event is for you (Lake Nona) 🆕

🎮 Say farewell to BART (Mills 50) 🆕
🏈 Cheer on the Knights as they take on FAU (UCF) 🆕
✨ Practice yoga under the stars (SoDo) 🆕
🍷 It’s Wine Flight Friday at K Restaurant (College Park) 🆕
👱‍♀️ Watch Legally Blonde the Musical (Sanford) 🆕
🕺 Dance all night at Lil’ Indies (Mills 50) 🆕

👗 Local fashion designer Tammy Jo is unveiling her new line (Mills 50)  🆕
⚽️ Meet us at the stadium to cheer on the Lions (Parramore) 🆕
🍔 It’s a burger showdown (Sanford) 🆕
👭 Support these local female artists for an awesome cause (Ivanhoe) 🆕
🇩🇪 Celebrate Oktoberfest early (Audubon Park) 🆕
🌙 Dance the night away under a full moon (Winter Park) 🆕
🧘🏻‍♀️ Sunset yoga and silent disco (Milk District) 🆕
🕯 Yoga by candlelight followed by an after party (Hourglass District) 🆕
🎉 Attend the 4th Annual African Heritage Gala (Colonialtown) 🆕

🏍 Attend this classic car and motorcycle meet up (Downtown) 🆕
🎭 Check out the off-Broadway show Joe’s NYC Bar while it’s traveling through (Mills 50) 🆕
🎟 Dress up for Hobbit Day (Alafaya) 🆕

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to hello@pulp.town or tag #pulptown on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and COMING SOON add your own events with a Pulptown membership.


Tomorrow, we’re updating you on the discoveries we’ve made in answering last week’s City Curious question on how to best address our growing homeless student population.

Stay tuned and stay compassionate, Orlando.

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