Orange County Convention Center supports students, families in need

ORLANDO, Fla.  – With a goal of supporting the community through this pandemic, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) continues to collaborate with Centerplate and Urban Smart Farms to donate fresh produce to help feed Orlando during these uncertain times.

In partnership with 4Roots, an extension of the 4Rivers Foundation, the OCCC and its service partners are supporting the Feed The Need Florida initiative, a statewide effort to ensure the delivery of nutritious meals for public school students and their families.

To date, the OCCC has donated more than 1,200 heads of freshly harvested lettuce to 4Rivers Smokehouse, which is supporting the initiative and partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Orange County Public Schools to distribute thousands of meals to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. With a plan to donate more than 350 heads of lettuce per week, the OCCC’s freshly grown produce will be an important addition in providing healthy meals to those who need it most.

With their days starting at 5 a.m., employees and volunteers spend hours preparing and packaging thousands of meals per day for local families. More than 11,000 meals are produced each week for children and 1,000 meals for parents across the region.

To learn more about the initiative, visit


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