Every day we are seeing a little more daylight, experiencing a little more warmth and in our work here those are prime ingredients for Growing Hope. We are in the midst of our largest food and fundraising campaign of the year – Harvest for Hunger. For every $1 donated Second Harvest can distribute 5 meals. Our goal is to collect enough to surpass 1 Million Meals and you can help today with your online donation.
As the community takes up this grassroots effort, there’s a real feeling of resolve to help families and friends who are hungry. Giant Eagle and Heinen’s – running their Check out Hunger campaign are offering a few new ideas to raise funds and have some fun. Stop by the Amherst Giant Eagle on Tuesday, March 20 from 3-5PM. They will be hosting a Celebrity Bagging event. Honorary Harvest for Hunger Chairperson and Lorain County Commissioner, Lori Kokoski, and WKYC-TV3 personality, Tiffany Tarpley, will be bagging groceries for anyone who donates $5 or $10 at the register. Other local celebrities will also be available. On Saturday, March 24 from 10-4PM at the Avon Heinen’s, they will be running a Harvest for Hunger Carnival. Fun, games and prizes for all. Most off all, help for those in need.
We know spring really is just around the corner and we realize 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.
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.