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

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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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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