Can it be March already? Clocks will move forward, sunlight will shine a little brighter, and daffodils will peak through last year’s mulch. Which means we all have work ahead in spring cleaning and yard work but we approach it all with a spring in our step because warm weather is on the way.
Our spring work at Second Harvest just kicked off -- our Harvest for Hunger Campaign -- our largest food and fundraising campaign of the year which will run through March and into April. Just like the cycle of the seasons, there are many months of unseen preparation which go into organizing the campaign, coordinating logistics and working with businesses and the community to make it a success. But just like with the promise of warmer days, we are filled with hope as the community rallies behind us to support our efforts against hunger.
The 25thanniversary of Harvest for Hunger marks a huge milestone for the community. Year after year, it is humbling to see how companies, groups, organizations, churches and individuals all come together with food and funds to help restock food pantry shelves and bring meals to soup kitchen tables so our neighbors who struggling can look forward to a warm meal.
This year, our goal is to raise enough to provide over 1 million meals. It’s only possible with the help and support from the community. There are many ways to help -- support Check Out Hunger at local Giant Eagle and Heinen’s Fine Food stores with a $1, $5 or $10 donation at the checkout, sign up to run a food and funds drive at your company or organization or by making a donation online today.
March ushers in change and the realization that much work still needs to be done. But with it we see promise and hope. Children will have food on the weekends. Seniors will have nutritious meals at the end of the month. Families can share a meal together. All because we are partners together in the work to provide food to families who are struggling with hunger --no matter what the season.Happy Spring!
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.