Turning the calendar pages to a new month means cooler weather and falling leaves. While there was much to celebrate in September, we also dealt with very serious news. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria created devastation in distinct areas of our country and we were all called to help. We, along with the other Feeding America food banks remains dedicated to supporting network members impacted by these disasters. Collectively, we have shipped more than 19 million pounds of food, water and supplies (approximately 616 truckloads) and are currently processing over 30 additional truckloads. There are more than 75 temporary staff placements for impacted food banks.
Last month, we learned Ohio’s food-insecurity rate went down slightly, yet it is still the 11th highest in the nation. Its’ statistics like these that keep us focused on our mission. We believe 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 and through our Growing Hope initiative we will continue to push to end hunger in our region. 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.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Hellen Keller
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.