Between Hunger Action Month and Generous Helpings, September is always a sprint from start to finish. On September 9th, we were a fortunate recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.
This will allow us to purchase more high protein options for the families we serve which can be difficult to obtain for food banks such as eggs and meat. With the expanded refrigeration capacity, we have the ability to keep fresh eggs and meat on hand and available to our partner charities year round. The grant comes at a very important time of the year as we’re gearing up for the upcoming holiday distribution season. Thank you to the Walmart Foundation for helping us bring the most needed food items to the families we serve.
While there was much to celebrate in September, we also received some sobering news. Although Ohio’s poverty rate went down slightly it is still the sixth highest in the nation and the poverty rate in the Cleveland-Elyria area actually rose. Its’ statistics like these that keep us focused on our mission. We believe that no one in our community should be without food and strive every day to make that a reality. But we cannot do it alone. With the support from our foundation community, elected officials, partner charities, volunteers, and most importantly, our community, we will have the tools and resources to help those in our community who need help putting food on their tables.
Hunger Action Month is over but the need remains. Please consider how you can take action all year to make a difference. Whether it’s a monthly donation, volunteering your time, calling your local elected official to advocate for our neighbors in need --- we can all do something.
“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.