Orange County Convention Center Clients Prioritize Charitable Donations Ahead of Holiday Season

Major Conventions And Tradeshows Set To Take Place In Orlando

Second Harvest Food Bank volunteers collect food donations from exhibitors at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo event in October 2022.

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2022) – During this year’s season of giving, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is thankful for its sustainability-centered client partnerships that have produced a positive impact on local nonprofit organizations.

Most recently, two of its clients collectively donated nearly 200,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

At the beginning of October, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) contributed 3,588 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank. Later that month, the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA)’s Global Produce and Floral Show set aside 196,285 pounds of food for the organization.

“As one of the largest convention centers in the U.S., we continuously encourage and empower our clients to implement sustainable initiatives during their event,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “We
greatly appreciate the efforts of IFPA and FNCE to prioritize these food donations that have created a significant impact on our local community.”

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida secures and distributes food and grocery products to more than 625 local non-profit feeding programs in seven Central Florida counties, including Brevard, Lake, Orange,
Osceola, Seminole, Volusia and Marion.

During the Center’s 2020-2021 fiscal year, nearly $220,000 worth of food and merchandise, including approximately 13,725 pounds of food, were donated to local organizations, including Great Oaks Village, Second
Food Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Libby’s Legacy, United Against Poverty, One Heart for Women and Children, and Orange County Public Schools.

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About the Orange County Convention Center

The award-winning Orange County Convention Center provides approximately $3 billion in economic impact to Central Florida annually. In recent years, the Convention Center has averaged nearly 200 events, including
115 conventions and tradeshows that attract more than 1.5 million attendees to the region each year. For more information about the Orange County Convention Center, visit www.occc.net [1].   

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF)

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