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

The Plight of Teen Hunger

The flurry of activity last month included the release of an important new study, “Bringing Teens to the Table: A Focus on Food Insecurity in America,” exposing the plight of teenagers facing hunger conducted by Feeding America and the Urban Institute. It reveals the challenges and coping strategies employed by teens struggling with hunger.

Teenagers often have to help their families figure out how everyone in the household has enough to eat, especially younger siblings. One commented, “I feel like just knowing if food’s running low, it’s pressure on me because I feel like they need to eat, they can’t go without eating…”

At the same time many teens talked about the fear and stigma around hunger and actively working to hide it as much as they can in order to fit in. A teen who participated in the focus group explained, “A lot of students struggle on the weekends, because they’re not at school, and they don’t have food to eat.”

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A Time for ACTION

September is Hunger Action Month – a time for the Feeding America network of over 200 foodbanks and those who support the mission to take action on the issue of hunger. One issue. Many activities.

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A Time for Planning

August is many things -- last chance for vacations, enjoying the hot days of summer, and for us at Second Harvest -- planning for a busy September for Hunger Action Month, Generous Helpings and gearing up for our BackPack Program.

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Celebrate America

While we take this occasion to celebrate and remember all the good things this great land has achieved for us, it is also a time to learn about what we can do better.

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Feeding Children and Families This Summer is a Priority

Can it really be June already? We have so many things keeping us busy at the Second Harvest – wrapping up Harvest for Hunger, Farmer’s Markets and Volunteer Appreciation -- but top of mind when school is out for summer break is child hunger. For us, it is a year-round challenge and especially now. When everyone else is trying to dial down and relax during the summer months, we know we need to double our effort.

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