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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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Schools are out for summer break and top of mind for us at Second Harvest is child hunger. During summer, children who are at-risk for hunger can prove costly in too many ways to ignore. The immediate impact for children from low income families can include cognitive decline, summer weight gain and learning loss. Long term problems can include susceptibility to chronic disease and compounded learning problems affecting graduation rates.

The Summer Food Service Program is a large part of how we partner to help children get healthy, nutritious snacks and meals throughout the summer months. The Summer Food Service Program ensures low-income children continue to receive

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During the month of May, we celebrate Older American’s Month. In the United States, 1 in 12 seniors struggle with hunger and don’t have the nutrition they need to stay in good health. Just as it’s necessary for young children to receive proper nutrition, it’s also imperative seniors eat enough healthy foods to remain strong and healthy. In our region, over 10,000 seniors struggle with hunger and receive help through our network of food pantries, hot meal programs, Senior Box Program and Farmer’s Markets. We are always looking for opportunities to reach more seniors in need.

The 2018 Map the Meal Gap numbers have been released and we see steady numbers for our region. The most telling numbers are those in all categories that show the percentage of food insecure people who are not eligible for help other than through food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. These people fall in the 130%-200% of the poverty guidelines and are just under half of those who are food insecure in our region. To access the data and interactive map, click here. With future cuts to SNAP and Farm bill changes in the greater conversation, we could be facing a major surge in those having nowhere else to turn but to our network of partner charities. We urge everyone to follow the conversation and urge our lawmakers to preserve those safety nets that are in place.

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Stand Up for Families Struggling with Food Insecurity

Growing season is just around the corner and soon our coolers will be full of healthy, nutritious and locally-grown produce ready to go to families struggling with hunger. While the core of our work is food distribution, we’re also a voice for those same families we bring fresh produce. As advocates, we are urging Congress to oppose any cuts and changes to SNAP and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) in the Farm Bill which helps so many low-income families in our region.

SNAP is a cornerstone federal program helping hardworking families during difficult times. Serving more than 43 million Americans, SNAP is the largest anti-hunger program in the United States and creates food security for children, seniors and families. CSFP provides seniors living below 130% of poverty with a box of nutritious food each month to supplement their food.

As part of our efforts, Second Harvest worked in partnership with the Lorain County Board of Commissioners on a resolution

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Every day we are seeing a little more daylight, experiencing a little more warmth and in our work here those are prime ingredients for Growing Hope. We are in the midst of our largest food and fundraising campaign of the year – Harvest for Hunger. For every $1 donated Second Harvest can distribute 5 meals. Our goal is to collect enough to surpass 1 Million Meals and you can help today with your online donation.

As the community takes up this grassroots effort, there’s a real feeling of resolve to help families and friends who are hungry. Giant Eagle and Heinen’s – running their Check out Hunger campaign are offering a few new ideas to raise funds and have some fun. Stop by the Amherst Giant Eagle on Tuesday, March 20 from 3-5PM. They will be hosting a Celebrity Bagging event. Honorary Harvest for Hunger Chairperson and Lorain County Commissioner, Lori Kokoski, and WKYC-TV3 personality, Tiffany Tarpley, will be bagging groceries for anyone who donates $5 or $10 at the register. Other local celebrities will also be available. On Saturday, March 24 from 10-4PM at the Avon Heinen’s, they will be running a Harvest for Hunger Carnival. Fun, games and prizes for all. Most off all, help for those in need.

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Our largest fundraising initiative of the year is kicking-off this week.  Harvest for Hunger is almost under way and we count on you to join in helping us meet our goal of over ONE MILLION MEALS to families in our area.  This year we are thrilled to have Honorary Harvest for Hunger Chair, Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski to Kick-Off the Campaign on Tuesday, February 13  from4-6 PM at Second Harvest.   All are welcome and I hope will consider stopping by.  Say YES and be part of the most successful food and funds drive in the nation – Click Here. 

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