As we close out the end of the calendar year, Second Harvest’s board and staff look forward to the coming year and fresh perspective it heralds. This fall we began the process of reviewing our Mission and Vision statements. With our new strategic focus we wanted our mission and vision to better reflect our expanding efforts to help all of those who need help with food in our region.
New Mission: Grow hope in our region by creating pathways to nutritious food.
New Vision: A brighter future for all by cultivating a healthy, hunger-free community.
The shift is significant. We are committing to a vision of a hunger-free community and actively pursuing new pathways to accomplish this goal including moving into new distribution methods. Moreover, we remain dedicated to our focus of distribution food and grocery products but see great value in pursuing new partnerships, particularly in non-traditional areas, to create significant and lasting change for the community as a whole.
Hunger affects our community in big and small ways every day. Take time this holiday season to recognize the signs. Perhaps you know a family visiting a pantry, a child who receives free or reduced meal at school or a senior who goes without food. Hunger may be hiding behind an excuse to forego a holiday invitation for fear of embarrassment. It isn’t something in the next city or town. It’s here.
Our commitment to hunger is unwavering, but hunger is far more than Second Harvest. And creating a hunger-free community will take all of us. So this season, make a pledge to join us in Growing Hope. It doesn’t matter how you choose to help what matters is that you act.
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.