In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety. - Abraham Maslow
It’s now been over a year since the pandemic began. In those early days when we first pulled our team together we focused on what we knew, what we needed, and what our response would be to the rising need. Like the first hill of a roller coaster, sometimes it’s better to not know what’s coming. Our ability to meet the need is tied closely to our partnerships with our school systems and the Educational Service Center of Lorain County (ESC), which grew out of conversations following the 2019 Child Hunger Summit. With the team of ESC social workers, a food pantry was established to provide another service to their families. When the pandemic hit, they reached out and we quickly scaled a response covering nearly every district in Lorain County.
The challenges we’ve faced individually and collectively in 2020 will remain etched in our memories for a lifetime. But as the new year begins, 2021 can mark a time for the hope, the kind that comes with a new beginning. The lessons gained from 2020 are varied, but for us at Second Harvest, we believe one is the recognition of how much we need each other.
Ancient philosophers believed the world was in a state of constant change — that even as you step from the banks into the body of a river you’ve always known, the waters flowing over your feet will never be the same waters that flowed just a moment before.
Growing Hope has been part of our mission statement for several years and it remains the words we hold onto as our team at Second Harvest is challenged with an ever-changing situation. By this time, we remained hopeful we would be on our way to a recovering economy in Ohio with families returning to work and gearing up for a new school year. But the need within our region for food remains high and our world is far from normal. Over the past 12 months we served over 125,000 different people through food pantries in the region - almost 28% of the population.
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