Volunteers: The difficult decision was reached to close our facility to volunteers until April 6. We are incredibly grateful for our volunteers and we miss them. But we also know with 50-70 different people coming in each day it was posing a health risk to our team and the National Guard members.
Operations: With the help of the National Guard we are moving food out as quickly as possible to our programs through our warehouse and trucks. In the next 10 days we have 16 semi-trucks inbound with food for distribution and continue to add to that number each day. Our drivers continue to drop food at programs each day using a no-touch model by dropping pallets of wrapped food at delivery locations.
Mobile Pantries: Tomorrow (3/25) we will be hosting a Mobile Pantry will be at Black River Landing prepared to serve 700 families from 3pm until 6pm. On Thursday our regularly scheduled School Pantry will be at Longfellow Middle School in Lorain from 3PM until 6PM. There will be more direct distributions scheduled but we are evaluating sites and food supply. Our updated list is available here: Upcoming Distributions
Food Pantries & Hot Meals: At present 69 out of 93 of our partner food pantries remain open in the region. Roughly half of hot meal programs remain open. This week we anticipate more closures. Updates are being made continuously to our Find Help Directory. Feel free to share it.
Funding / Costs: While we are optimistic there will be funds set aside in the federal response, in the interim we are continuing to restock our food supply through a combination of donated and purchased food along with our shipments of normal state and federal foods Food costs are edging closer to $250,000. This does not include labor costs which we anticipate could be an additional $50,000 over the 12 weeks. The situation is ever changing and we will continue to gauge what this will look like in the coming weeks.
Donations: Our community continues to answer the call of help and we are humbled by all of the organizations, groups, companies and individuals stepping up to donate. A thank you to The Community Foundation of Lorain County who was kind enough to buy lunch today for our team today!
Messaging: Consider giving a shout out to all of the food pantries, hot meals, our team & the National Guard here at Second Harvest for their dedication to making sure no one in our community is without food. #HeretoHelp #GrowingHope #TFWorkhorse
This does not encompass all of our efforts so if you have questions or immediate needs please reach out to Kimberly Hazelgrove at (440) 444-0717 or
Lastly, thank you again for your continued words of support and encouragement it means so much to all of us.
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.