Second Harvest is proud to announce Tony Gallo, President and CEO of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, as the Honorary Chairperson for the 2016 Harvest for Hunger campaign which will kick-off February 28 and run through April 9, 2016.

“We are thrilled to have Tony serve as the chairperson for one of the most vital campaigns that we participate in every year,” said Julie Chase-Morefield, executive director of Second Harvest. “Tony’s commitment to Lorain County and the community is a model for what the Harvest for Hunger campaign is all about.”

Harvest for Hunger is an annual food and funds drive that takes place every March & April. Second Harvest organizes the campaign in partnership with the three other food banks in Northern Ohio serving a total of 21 counties. This campaign is the largest single campaign of its kind in the country and is a very crucial program for Second Harvest and the region. Giant Eagle, Heinen’s and Bueler’s are the cornerstone supporters of this campaign across the region through their CheckOut Hunger initiative in the stores at the cash registers. All the major newspapers, TV, cable and radios stations join in as media partners. All local companies, businesses, organizations and civic clubs are encouraged to run a campaign to support this effort.

“I am humbled to be named the Honorary Chairperson for this year’s Harvest for Hunger Campaign. As President of the Lorain County Chamber, I get to work with our economic development partners in the area to promote our business economy and focus on more jobs and workforce development,” said Gallo. “Evidence shows that people are hungry not because of a lack of food, but because of the lack of money to pay for it. It further emphasizes the need for organizations like the Chamber to get involved to help Second Harvest Food Bank. The unsung heroes of our community are continually giving back and raising awareness of the need to help restock the shelves of pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Knowing that all of the dollars raised locally also stay locally to serve our most vulnerable residents is also key to the success of the campaign. Together we can make a difference.” During his entire business career, Tony has been known for helping to “connect” the right people to come together to do business throughout the region - earning him the nickname of “Mr. Lorain County”.

Tony Gallo’s credentials make him the ideal candidate to head up this campaign. In addition to his role as President of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Tony also recently finished a 4 year stint as the Board Chairman of NOACC – Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce, representing over 125 Chambers and over 30,000 business members in Northern Ohio. Tony runs the Lorain County Safety Council and served as the Inaugural Board Chair for the French Creek YMCA when it was built and opened in Avon in 2010, and was given the YMCA’s Triangle Award in 2012 for his Volunteer Leadership. He is a 19 year member of Elyria Sunrise Rotary where he is a 2 time Paul Harris Fellow and past President. Tony sits on the board of Lorain Growth Corporation, the downtown Lorain “Main Street” organization charged with helping to revitalize the Broadway area in Lorain. He also represents the Chamber as part of the Lorain County Growth Partnership, and sits on the advisory board for ReachHigher, a committee of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County, the Campaign Cabinet for United Way of Greater Lorain County, Sponsorship Campaign Committee for the American Cancer Society’s Life Saver’s Ball and is part of the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s Lorain County Heart Walk.

This is a good time for your company, business, organization or civic group to consider getting involved in Harvest for Hunger. You can do so by holding a raffle, a chili cook-off, some office competitions, a dress down day or almost anything you can think of. You can run a single event, or choose a day, a week or a month to raise funds and food to help your neighbors. You choose! Every bit helps restock pantry and soup kitchen shelves throughout our region. We can help you with ideas to fit your situation. So it is a great time for planning.

The 2016 Harvest for Hunger campaign will run from February 28th-April 9th. For more information on how your company or organization can get involved, click here or please contact us at 440.960.2265, x-302 or