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

A Note from Julie

It is the start of a new century -- 2020 -- and along with all of our friends, family members and colleagues; we take a moment to look back on all we have accomplished and think to the future. With all fresh starts there is an opportunity to learn from the past and consider how we need to plan to achieve our goals.  Guided by our Growing Hope strategic plan, this year at Second Harvest we will examine the areas in which we excel and identify the places to improve. We will consider the changing needs of our community and how we can best meet them.

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School Pantry Program is Expanding

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The school year is off to a strong start and so is Second Harvest’s School Pantry program. The five sites that were part of the pilot program last year are all going to be participating again this year. They are all middle schools in the Lorain, Clearview and Midview school districts. Elyria School District is participating this year for the first time.

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A Note from Julie

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As we step into the brand new fiscal year, we thought it would be a good time to reach out to you with our new Fresh Thoughts newsletter. As you can read in these pages, we are moving forward with several very important and exciting initiatives. September is Hunger Action Month. What better way to connect, inspire, and act to overcome hunger than to participate in our Child Hunger Summit on September 19 and to attend our culminating celebration at Generous Helpings on September 29?

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Julie's Notes

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One out of five children in our region are food insecure meaning they don’t know where there next meal is coming. Bringing nutritious food to children is always a priority but the summer is a critical time when school is out and the breakfast and lunch they receive at school is out too.

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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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