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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 2 weeks ago

ConcordRENTS makes $100,000 donation to Second Harvest for on-going hunger relief efforts

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The funds allowed Second Harvest to purchase fresh produce from local farmers and distribute it to more than 500 community feeding partners across Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole, Volusia, and Brevard counties.
by: Annabelle Sikes Staff Writer

A national leader in property management recently made a donation to a local non-profit for on-going hunger relief efforts. 

ConcordRENTS, founded in 1993, is an affordable and market rate multifamily housing property management company based in Maitland.

In December 2021, ConcordRENTS donated $100,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. 

“We recognize that a stable home leads to improved outcomes surrounding health, employment and education. We wanted to continue contributing in ways beyond housing in an attempt to further support these improved outcomes,” said Jonathan Thomas, president of ConcordRENTS. “We are therefore excited to announce Concord Rent’s contribution of $100,000 to Second Harvest of Central Florida in addition to the $200,000 we have contributed to date. To us, this offers perfect alignment in our respective mission of serving those in need here locally.”

The funds will go directly to purchasing fresh produce from local farmers, which will then be distributed to Second Harvest’s network of feeding partners.

Second Harvest is known for collecting, storing and distributing donated food to more than 550 feeding partners in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.

Last year, with the help of donors and the community, the food bank distributed enough food for 73 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes, according to the food bank. 

“The lines for food assistance haven’t gotten any shorter in the past 21 months,” said Dan Samuels, director of philanthropy at Second Harvest. “Our feeding partners are working hard to keep shelves stocked with supplies, but are experiencing ongoing, unprecedented need. Fresh produce is among the most-requested items. This generous donation from ConcordRENTS will have a huge impact.”

For every $10 dollars that is donated to Second Harvest, the food bank can provide 40 meals.

To make a financial contribution or to setup a virtual food and fund drive, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

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Annabelle Sikes is a staff writer at the West Orange Times & Observer, Southwest Orange Observer and OrangeObserver.com. She graduated in May 2021 from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in sociology.  Her past...

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