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Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.

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Be there when people need you. It’s one of the guiding principles of our work and it’s never more important than during a time of uncertainty. We continue to monitor the partial U.S. government shutdown and its effects locally. Connecting those affected to food and resources in North Central Ohio is critically important. Our network of over 100 Partner Charities stands ready to assist anyone during this time of uncertainty. We are here to help.

Not only do we have a strong supply of food, we have a new addition to our fleet, which will allow us to deliver more food at each delivery. Our new 48' refrigerated trailer and tractor is on the road and already helping us increase the amount of food and grocery products and help meet the needs of our community.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for February were initially at risk of not being issued. USDA found an administrative loophole allowing it to issue February benefits early. Ohio SNAP recipients received their full February benefits before January 20 and will not receive additional benefits for the entire month of February. If the shutdown continues, it is unknown whether March SNAP benefits will be issued. An estimated 1.4 million Ohioans rely on SNAP to feed their families

Help us spread the word that anyone in need of food assistance can visit our Find Help Directory to find a food pantry near. Local food pantry distribution information is also being made available on social media: FACEBOOK  TWITTER 

For anyone with question on SNAP benefits please contact the local Job & Family Services office by calling 1-866-886-3537 (choose option 6, then option 2). Help is also available in Spanish.

 

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As we end 2018, it’s natural for us to think about what we’ve accomplished and how the activity of the holiday season reveals to us the reasons we are all a part of the Second Harvest mission. The holidays bring family and friends gathered together. Whether it’s around the dinner table to celebrate food and each other, an office party with colleagues or a restaurant with friends - we come together. But, it may also be families, children and seniors who struggled to put food on the table this year. They gathered at a table at a hot meal program at a shelter of church or at their own table with food brought home from a food pantry. Second Harvest is the bridge linking all of those dinner tables. So the reason? Because together we bring health, hope and dignity to us and to our neighbors.

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With the holidays approaching, we enter the season where hunger is top of mind for so many and Second Harvest is the fortunate recipient of generous donations of food, funds and volunteer time. Only with your help are we able to do so much more during the holiday season for our neighbors in need.

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September brought warm temperatures and a flurry of activity for Hunger Action Month. October brings many things to look forward to…. the air grows cooler, leaves turn orange, red and gold, and fields of wheat, corn and soybeans are ready for harvest. We are in preparation to receive a large influx of food from farmers and producers through USDA and for the coming holiday season.

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September is Hunger Action Month– a time for the Feeding America network of over 200 foodbanks and those who support taking action on the issue of hunger. One issue. Many activities.This year, be a Hunger Hero and help us promote awareness and inspire action to end child hunger. A great first step is marking September 13 on your calendar for Hunger Action Day! Get those orange shirts ready to show your friends, family and co-workers how important the hunger issue is to you! Hunger Action Day is also the Congressional Farm Bill Call-In Day to tell your members of congress to protect SNAP and strengthen TEFAP. We urge you to call your congressional representative. Click HERE to find out how to participate.

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