It’s August and we’re all trying to capture a little more summer fun but thoughts naturally turn towards the start of a new school year. Always in our minds is the staggering number of children who are food insecure with children making up 38% of those served at local pantries. This school year we’re rolling out our new Child Hunger Initiative with the support of the Nordson Corporation Foundation, Target, Stocker Foundation, 100 Women Who Care of Lorain County, Red Nose Day and Ross Foundation.
Along with The BackPack Program, Second Harvest will be distributing food at five (5) School-Based Mobile Pantry sites including Durling Middle School (Clearview Local Schools); Midview Middle School (Midview Local Schools); Southview Middle School (Lorain City Schools); General Johnnie Wilson Middle School (Lorain City Schools); Longfellow Middle School (Lorain City Schools). Food items will include up to 50 LBS of shelf-stable, frozen, refrigerated, bread and produce items. We are excited to partner with the administrators and staff at each of these schools to help not only students but their entire family.
September is almost here and it will be time to kick-off Hunger Action Month. As a food bank, we think about hunger issues every day, but we know many in our community aren’t aware of the impact of hunger in our own backyards. Hunger Action Month is a great opportunity for local companies and community groups to be a Hunger Hero! Volunteer, Donate, Advocate and help children in our region be able to grow and thrive. Be sure to stay tuned to our website for ideas, events, and more.
And don’t forget to wear your orange! Orange is the national color of hunger awareness and Thursday, September 13rd is Hunger Action Day. Encourage your coworkers and friends to do the same and share your photos with us on social media.
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.