It is hard to believe that the first day of spring is just a few weeks away after the particularly frigid February that we have endured. The sub-zero temperatures that have plagued our region over the last several weeks serve as a stark reminder of the commitment of our staff, volunteers, and partner charities that serve our neighbors in need. Each day our drivers are delivering trucks full of food to our partners where volunteers are waiting to unload the truck. This commitment is especially resolute during these harsh temperatures because we know that there are thousands of people that are counting on us.
What compounds the weather challenges during the winter months is the increase in need. Households are choosing between putting food on the table and heating their homes. Seniors can face an increase in health challenges, forcing difficult decisions of medications vs. meals on a fixed income. When school is closed due to winter weather, children that depend on breakfast and lunch at school go hungry.
The annual Harvest for Hunger campaign comes at the perfect time each year to meet the increase in need in our community. Harvest for Hunger strives to help us restock the racks of our warehouse, shelves of our pantries, and kitchens that serve hot meals. It is not too late to get involved to help us raise over one million meals in our area. Get your friends, family, or co-workers involved by downloading our easy to use materials here. Be sure to say “yes” when asked to donate at the checkout line at Giant Eagle, Heinen’s, and Walgreen’s. Every dollar makes a difference.
Let’s work together to grow hope for our community!
Julie Chase-MorefieldExecutive Director
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.