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Food Bank Aims to Start Training Program for Local Non Profits


Central Florida’s largest food bank says there’s a need for better training for local food assistance programs. Last year Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida distributed more than 60 million pounds of groceries to about 550 food assistance programs. Vice President of development Greg Higgerson says as the need grows, there’s a risk of a bottleneck at those local organizations. “As we look to the future here in Central Florida of hunger relief, we not only have to look at how can we get more food out but we also have to look at how can we make our network of providers out there stronger,” says Higgerson. Some of the challenges for smaller non profits include finding adequate storage and …
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State’s Tourism Agency Touts Visitor Increase


24 million tourists visited Florida in the second quarter of 2014. According to the state’s tourism promotion agency, Visit Florida, that’s a 3% increase from this time last year. Of the 24 million tourists who visited from April to June  2.8 million came from overseas and just over a million from Canada. Visit Florida says it’s the biggest second quarter visitation ever. In the second quarter of 2013, just over 23 million tourists came to the Sunshine state. Governor Rick Scott has set a goal of 100 million visitors per year to the Florida, and he’s pushed for the state to invest more in promoting Florida as a tourism destination. Last year just under 60 million tourists visited Central Florida.
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