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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

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“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller As we have been commemorating our 40th anniversary, I have spent some time reflecting on the values and ideas of our founders and the many committed people that came before me that have made Second Harvest a community anchor. There are several things that stood out to me: resilience, adaptability, conviction, and commitment to mission. Throughout our history as well as now, our mission has been tested by circumstances, policies, and events outside of our control. But at every turn, we have persevered.

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It began as an idea to help others in Lorain County. Like most good ideas, the concept of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio began when citizens saw a need in their community. Those citizens were Jeptha Carroll, Eric Nord, and Evan Nord, who created the County Cupboard to help individuals and families facing food insecurity during the recession of the early 1980s. Forty years, three locations, a name change, and hundreds of millions of pounds of food distributed later, Second Harvest of North Central Ohio stands more committed to our vision of creating a brighter future for all by cultivating a healthy, hunger-free community.

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As we stand at the foot of a brand-new year, the need for food still outpaces pre-pandemic levels across our region and we remain steadfastly focused on moving families back to stability. We anticipate this being the case throughout the winter months. If volunteering and giving back are on your new year resolution list now may be a great time to get involved. While we always meet the need in front of us, we step into the future applying the lessons learned and planning strategically to make life better for those who rely on us to be here.

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In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety. - Abraham Maslow 

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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.

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