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

Julie's Notes

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During National Older Americans Month, we focus on sharing the stories of those who go unnoticed, seniors struggle with hunger and may lack adequate nutrition. Just as it is necessary for young children to receive proper nutrition, it is also imperative for their grandparents to eat enough healthy foods to remain strong and healthy. Each month we pack and distribute 1,400 food-filled box through Senior Food Box Program in our region. With the help of a generous local donor we are able to provide seniors with healthy produce like zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes and tomatoes along with the box.

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Making a Difference

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April is special at Second Harvest, not just because the temperatures are warmer, but it’s a month to honor our volunteers – those special people who work tirelessly side by side with us to bring food to families in need. April is National Volunteer Month and we’re proud and happy to recognize our volunteers for their accomplishments. Whether it’s tackling the endless list of projects and tasks or just their positivity – we couldn’t do it without them. Last year, 2,216 volunteers sorted 1.6 Million pounds of food and grocery products. Our volunteers do the work of eight full-time employees!
To all those who volunteer at Second Harvest – thank you!

The spirit of volunteerism is an essential ingredient at Second Harvest and our hope is to allow more members of our community to be part of our work. If you are inspired to help in your community reach out to us to find out more about how you can volunteer! There are so many opportunities –sorting food donations, welcoming visitors at our front desk, bring food to families at one of our school food pantries or packing up boxes for low-income seniors – and so many ways to give. We hope you will consider joining our volunteer ranks.

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Julie's Notes

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As we move through this unpredictable winter in Ohio, our excitement is building for Harvest for Hunger season! Our largest fundraising initiative of the year, the Harvest for Hunger campaign officially kicks off on Tuesday, March 5 from 4PM – 6PM at our Happy Hour event at Second Harvest led by our 2019 Honorary Harvest for Hunger Chair, Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President of Lorain County Community College. Be part of the most successful food and funds drive in the nation – Click Here – and help us meet our goal to raise 1.25 Million Meals for families in need in our region.

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#HereToHelp

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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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Julie's Notes

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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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