Food banks create hope and nourish lives. We’re proud to share the story of how a food bank supported by Publix Charities helped the Kellogg family persevere through challenging times.
Being There: One family’s inspiring story of renewed hope.
When Judie Kellogg’s husband Paul lost his civil engineer position, she approached the situation with her usual optimism. A mother of two, she was determined to cut back and keep her family afloat.
Paul sent out more than 2,000 résumés as the housing crisis took its toll on his industry. In an effort to keep their dream home, the Kelloggs went through their entire savings and eventually had to walk away. A family that normally gave generously to others now had to ask for help.
“We always sat down together for dinner as a family,” Judie said. “Suddenly, we were left homeless, a term that I had a hard time accepting.”
Not knowing what tomorrow would bring, the Kelloggs split up to stay with family and friends. Judie secured a job, and the family reunited in a temporary home. One day Paul went to the Christian Help Center, an agency Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida supports.
“They gave him an emergency food box with meat, vegetables, and treats for the kids,” Judie said. “He cried like a baby. It was a turning point for us.”
With a renewed sense of hope, the Kelloggs moved forward. Soon Paul was working again, and Judie started a new position with Second Harvest.
Years later, Judie manages the Grocery Alliance Program, Second Harvest’s successful partnership with local retailers. Her daughter Dominique is married and expecting a child of her own, while her son Raymond is training to become an EMT/paramedic.
The Kelloggs recently bid farewell to their beloved Paul, who passed away after a brave battle with cancer. Though their future is uncertain, this remarkable family remains close and gives thanks for their blessings each day.
“I couldn’t be prouder of my family and what we have accomplished,” said Judie. “I hope to be a voice for the hungry who are afraid to reach out for help.”
SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK of CENTRAL FLORIDA
411 Mercy Drive
Orlando, FL 32805
Food insecurity affects people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. With a mission to create hope and nourish lives, Second Harvest Food Bank fuels a powerful hunger relief network. This vital organization supports more than 550 nonprofit feeding programs—such as soup kitchens, shelters, and emergency food pantries—serving about 55,000 people every week.
Donations from partners like Publix help the food bank engage the community to help end hunger. Second Harvest’s Grocery Alliance Program collects items that might normally go to waste and puts them in the hands of people who need them. In 2015, this program provided more than 18 million meals to those in need.