Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Paczki Day…. The day has many names. We call it Harvest for Hunger Kick-Off Day! And what a day it was! About 100 local officials, volunteers and Second Harvest staff gathered Feb. 13 for the kickoff of Harvest for Hunger, the annual campaign to raise funding and food for the food bank.
Working with donated food and money, Second Harvest can supply five meals for every $1 donated. “The goal this year is to top 1 million meals, the record set in 2017,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Julie Chase-Morefield and echoed by Harvest for Hunger Honorary Chairwoman Lori Kokoski, who is a Lorain County commissioner. “A little bit goes a long way,” Kokoski said. “For every dollar that they donate, that’s five meals for people that may be going hungry that day. Open your wallets, give a helping hand to people in need.”Second Harvest has done mobile pantries in Lorain County also according to Chase-Morefield. Kokoski added she liked the concept and would like to see it done more.
“It’s needed,” Kokoski said.
“There’s food desserts throughout Lorain County. You wouldn’t think so, but there are people that are not able to put food on their table,” Kokoski said. She referred to areas where it is difficult to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and healthy whole foods, often in impoverished areas.
For the 2018 Harvest for Hunger campaign, Second Harvest published its “Super Six” most needed food items. They are: breakfast cereal; peanut butter; canned vegetables; canned tuna or chicken; canned soups or stews; and canned entrees. Donations to the Harvest for Hunger stay in Second Harvest’s four-county service area.
Local residents can donate money at the checkout counters of Giant Eagle and Heinen’s Grocery Stores. Local cashiers will ask for donations in the “Check Out Hunger” campaign at the stores, running to April 1. Consider starting your own campaign at work or part of a club, church organization or organization.