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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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At the beginning of a new year we all create resolutions for the coming year. Second Harvest has a new resolution not just for this year but for many to come. Our new vision is a brighter future for all by cultivating a healthy, hunger-free community. We believe a community where every person who needs it has access to nutritious food is not only possible but essential for the overall strength of our community. And we know you share our vision. Just scroll through our recent social media posts and you’ll see smiling faces dropping off hams, turkeys or monetary donations. The dial is moving in the right direction, but we can’t stop until we reach everyone need our help.

Harvest for Hunger is a way for you to help move the dial and it’s right around the corner. We are excited to announce the 2018 Honorary Harvest for Hunger Campaign Chair will be

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As we close out the end of the calendar year, Second Harvest’s board and staff look forward to the coming year and fresh perspective it heralds. This fall we began the process of reviewing our Mission and Vision statements. With our new strategic focus we wanted our mission and vision to better reflect our expanding efforts to help all of those who need help with food in our region.

New Mission: Grow hope in our region by creating pathways to nutritious food.

New Vision: A brighter future for all by cultivating a healthy, hunger-free community.

The shift is significant. We are committing to a vision of a hunger-free community and actively pursuing new pathways to accomplish this goal including moving into new distribution methods. Moreover, we remain dedicated to our focus of distribution food and grocery products but see great value in pursuing new partnerships, particularly in non-traditional areas, to create significant and lasting change for the community as a whole.

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With the holiday season almost here, our work to bring nutritious food to our community is top-of-mind and we feel fortunate to be the recipient of so many generous donations, food drives, and volunteer outings. We are able to do more during this special time of year for our neighbors in need because of your commitment.

It’s also a good time to share with you all we have in store. Our second annual Elected Officials Volunteer Day will be on the Friday before Thanksgiving. Federal, state and local officials will get a chance to assemble Senior Food Boxes at Second Harvest to go out to 725 low-income seniors. Packing boxes and engaging the conversation will go a long way in helping our officials understand senior hunger. Our 110 partner charities, who distribute millions of pounds of food, are gearing up for the two busiest months of their year. Be sure to read about one of them, Helping Hands Ministry Food Pantry in Castalia, where Makala Weaver and her group of volunteers work hard so families can count on them when in need.

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Hello-Oct

Turning the calendar pages to a new month means cooler weather and falling leaves. While there was much to celebrate in September, we also dealt with very serious news. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria created devastation in distinct areas of our country and we were all called to help. We, along with the other Feeding America food banks remains dedicated to supporting network members impacted by these disasters. Collectively, we have shipped more than 19 million pounds of food, water and supplies (approximately 616 truckloads) and are currently processing over 30 additional truckloads. There are more than 75 temporary staff placements for impacted food banks.

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A Note From Julie

Entering into September and a new season, we are fresh on the heels of the flooding disaster in Houston and South Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida and southern states affecting so many. The climb back to normalcy will be slow, measured in months and years. Feeding America is monitoring the situation on-the-ground and coordinating with national disaster partners, Feeding Texas  and Hurricane Irma relief efforts as well as impacted network members. FA’s national office contingents are in these regions now and will continue to serve as a central point of communication for all network and national donor offers of support to relieve other network staff of this coordination effort. We will continue to share the latest news through our social media as we receive updates.
The disasters are examples of the volatility in our world today. It is hard to keep track of let alone know how you should react. You may even wonder – ”Can I really make a difference?” Let me assure you the answer is yes.

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