April 1st marks the beginning our brand new fiscal year for Second Harvest. It signifies the end of a chapter, one which reached beyond our highest expectations yet holds the hopes, the dreams, and the possibilities of a whole new year.
It’s hard to believe where we were just 12 months ago from today. We were knee-deep in a building project, just finished a strenuous capital campaign, planning for opening events, organizing our move to the new building and still trying to move food out to those in our region who relied on us.
It was an enormous undertaking but it needed to be our priority so that the greater need -- the building project - could reach completion. But the throng of hunger is relentless and does not stop. So we could not let up on our daily mission. And we didn’t. At year’s end, our numbers are in and we are proud to announce that we hit an all-time high of nearly 8.3 million pounds of food and grocery products distributed! Since we have been in in the Nordson Food Distribution Center, we have increased the number of volunteer hours have increased by 32% and their production has increased by 42%!
We bid a heartfelt thank you and farewell to board members: Mel Miller (2002), Brian Sooy (2006) and Tim McNeill (2007). Each was integral in using their special skills and talents to benefit projects and initiatives of Second Harvest through the years. Though their service on the Board is complete we are confident in knowing they will continue to be advocates for Second Harvest.
This month, we welcome our new slate of officers to the Board. President - Paul Adair, 1St Vice President - Cyndi McCabe, 2nd Vice President - Gayle Reeves, Secretary - Adele Kozar and Treasurer - Joe Flinner. New board members include Courtney Grandon, Nordson Corporation; Erin Connors, Bettcher Industries, Tom LaMotte - University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and SueAnn Naso - Staffing Solutions Enterprises. Our complete board and key staff list is here.
This past year was a glimpse into what we can accomplish in our new building and along with a dedicated board and strong staff – we have set our sights on moving closer to our goal of MORE FOOD. LESS HUNGER.
Thank you for being our partners on the journey.
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.