Child Hunger Summit

CHS croppedSecond Harvest believes addressing Child Hunger must be a priority for our community. It’s why we are hosting our first Child Hunger Summit, which will be Thursday, September 19th at Lorain County Community College's Spitzer Conference Center from 8:00am until 3:00pm. The summit convenes partners from across our region to consider the impact of food scarcity on a child’s learning, physical and mental health along with the future economic impacts.

The Child Hunger Summit goal is to drive awareness of child hunger, develop strategies to address the need and empower participants to take action.  In our region, 1 in 5 children struggle with food insecurity. Child hunger has physical, mental and educational outcomes for the child facing hunger and there are long-term economic implications for our region.  The summit will give attendees an understanding of the state and federal resoures available, obstacles to access and develop strategies to leverage those resources.  Thank to our sponsors: BNY Mellon, Buckeye Health Plan, Community Foundation of Lorain County, Landing Point Financial, Lorain County Community College, Nordson Corporation Foundation, Wells Fargo and our Hunger Heroes for their generous support of the summit.

Thank you to our Child Hunger Summit Sponsors: 

BNY Mellon, Buckeye Health Plan, Community Foundation of Lorain County, Landing Point Financial, Lorain County Community College, Nord Family Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation, Northwest Bank, and Wells Fargo

Register to be part of this important conversation.

Keynote Speaker:

OFL DeWinehio First Lady Fran DeWine will be joining us for this important event as our keynote speaker.  She is the mother of eight and grandmother of 24 children. She met Mike DeWine in first grade, started dating him in sixth grade, and married him after their sophomore year at Miami University. Fran’s focus as First Lady is helping Ohio’s children and families, particularly with programs that support early childhood literacy, like the Governor’s Imagination Library Program. Fran also uses her love of cooking at events like the Ohio State Fair to help kids understand where their food comes from and how they can help prepare delicious and nutritious meals.  In addition, she has a passion for programs that help new moms become better moms and support healthy families.

Featured Speaker:

john corlettJohn Corlett serves as the President and Executive Director of The Center for Community Solutions. Corlett’s career has included leadership roles in both the public and private sectors, including serving as vice president for government relations and community affairs at The MetroHealth System, and as the State of Ohio’s Medicaid Director. He has also held leadership roles in community organizations focused on families, children, behavioral health and women’s health. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Saint Luke’s Foundation, The Centers for Families and Children, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, and The Greater Cleveland Food Bank. He has been the recipient of many state, regional and local awards. Corlett holds a Bachelor of Specialized Studies from Ohio University.



LisaLisa Mayse-Lillig is the Director of Programs at Feeding America in Chicago and has overseen various projects and capacity building initiatives supporting the Feeding America network, including SNAP Application Assistance, Google SNAP and Digital Engagement, Household Empowerment Pilot, Child Hunger Corps, and the Child Strategic Planning Year. She has more than twelve years of experience developing and managing large-scale initiatives that serve communities impacted by hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Lisa holds a Master of Social Work degree from the Jane Addams Collage of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger.


KevinKevin Nelson is the President of the Ohio Region for Northwest Bank.  In this role as the market leader he directs all business development efforts for all local commercial, small business, mortgage equity and consumer lending as well as retail banking, business services / cash management, wealth management, and insurance personnel.  Nelson has over 30 years of banking experience and a long-standing career at Lorain National Bank.  In 2000, he joined the bank as the Chief Operating Officer and had executive oversight of all commercial and retail banking activities.  In 2007, after two years at Morgan Bank in Hudson Ohio serving as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending and Bank Sales, he rejoined Lorain National Bank to lead the bank’s indirect lending division.  In 2014, he assumed responsibility for all Retail and Mortgage lending activities for Lorain National Bank and Morgan Bank.


ChloeChloe Plummer, MS, RD, LD, is a clinical dietitian with ProMedica Advocacy and Community Health in Toledo, and her main passion is promoting childhood and adolescent health and wellness. She has a bachelor of science degree in Health and Sport Studies from Miami University and a master of science degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University. 

ProMedica has embedded two evidence-based food insecurity screening questions into its electronic health record so that every inpatient is screened upon admission to the hospital. Patients who screen positive are visited by a member of the care team and offered additional community resources to access upon their return home, and are also provided with a basic food care package at discharge. In the metro-Toledo area, patients are also screened in the primary care setting. Providers write a referral for patients who screen positive to participate in ProMedica’s food clinic, where they receive several days of healthy food for the entire household. Patients may return once per month, for up to six months, before they need a new referral from their provider. Patients are offered healthy recipes, nutrition counseling and other community resources.


ann schlossAnn Schloss is Superintendent of Elyria City Schools. She’s been with Elyria since 1994 when she was a teacher at the now-closed Jefferson Elementary School. From teacher, she became assistant principal, then principal, director of teaching and learning, director of academic services and associate superintendent since 2017.  Schloss was named superintendent in 2019.  Elyria City Schools has partnered with Second Harvest on the BackPack Program since 2007 and (pending funding) will begin a School Food Pantry program in the fall of 2019.


DorisDoris Woodwards-Davila is employed through the Educational Services Center of Lorain County and is a school social worker in the Clearview School District.  She holds a master’s degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University.  She is a licensed independent social worker with a supervisor designation through the state of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapy Board. Prior to her position as a school social worker she was employed at Applewood Centers for 24 years in the roles of a mental health therapist and clinical supervisor of the school based therapy program. In her role as clinical supervisor she partnered with approximately nine school districts in order to establish mental health services in their school.


Summit Steering Committee:

  • Susan Bartosch – Director of External Affairs, Second Harvest
  • Jackie Boehnlein – President & CEO, Lorain County Community Action Agency
  • Lisa Brown – Executive Director, Lorain County Community College Foundation
  • Doug Bloomfield – Retired, Nordson Corporation *
  • Julie Chase-Morefield – President & CEO, Second Harvest
  • David Covell, Health Commissioner, Lorain County General Health District
  • Samantha Flores – Program & Member Services Manager, Second Harvest
  • Victor Leandry – Executive Director, El Centro de Servicios Sociales
  • Steve Lucas – Wells Fargo
  • Beth Maiden – Executive Director, Erie County Community Foundation *
  • SueAnn Naso – President & CEO, Staffing Solutions *
  • Kevin Nelson – Regional President, Northwest Bank
  • Gayle Reeves – Fauver Co., L.P.A.,*
  • Catherine Woskobnick, Vice President, Mission & Values Integration, Mercy Health

*Second Harvest Board Members