“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
It was the early 1980s and the country was in the throes of an economic recession. A group of thoughtful, committed citizens led by Jeptha Carrell, Eric Nord, and Evan Nord created the County Cupboard as a temporary solution to help the community during tough times. From those very humble beginnings in a small storefront to the Nordson Food Distribution Center where we are today, we stand on the shoulders of our founders and the many people who committed to making our community a better place.
Eric and Evan Nord exemplified giving in action. Eric and Evan’s commitment to their community ignited the creation and proliferation of many crucial organizations in Lorain County that still serve our neighbors today. Their selflessness, drive, and generosity of spirit served as fitting partners to Jeptha Carrell, an unassuming servant leader who had incredible accomplishments throughout his life, but was especially proud of the creation of the County Cupboard. His vast experience in the nonprofit sector attracted Eric and Evan Nord to name him the first full-time director of the Nordson Foundation (precursor to the Nordson Corporation Foundation and the Nord Family Foundation).
Cecilia Render, Executive Director of the Nordson Corporation Foundation, reflected on the legacy of our founders as we kick off our 40th anniversary: “Nordson is proud to carry on the tradition of supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank, now celebrating 40 years. We share in the excitement and honor that due to the foresight of our founders, Eric and Evan Nord along with Jeptha Carrell, Lorain and the surrounding counties have such a wonderful organization dedicated to the well-being of our communities. Congratulations Second Harvest of North Central Ohio!”
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