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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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The rhythm of summer is everywhere…the rattling cicadas on hot sunny days, the distant laughter of kids playing on the local ball diamond and the lapping of the waves on Lake Erie’s beaches. August offers us the long and last chance to take in what’s left of summer in north central Ohio. At Second Harvest, we, too, are still trying to fit in vacations and summer fun, but the drum beat of hunger does not take a vacation and we have been on-task with rolling out programs to curb its force. 

We recently announced our partnership with the United Way of Greater Lorain County. Both organizations serve low-income individuals and families who need assistance meeting their basic needs. The new partnership will provide a mutually supportive relationship that advances the ability of both partners to meet the overlying needs of their clients. We are two separate organizations that will work together when appropriate, each bringing our own strengths, to help to solve a problem or lend a hand for the betterment of the community. Click here to learn more.

In July, we conducted our first direct-distribution Farmer’s Market. Second Harvest staff and volunteers put on the distribution. And because together we can do more – we had a little help from our friends - United Way supplied volunteers and Lorain County Health & Dentistry offered their site.

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New [Fiscal] Year: First of Many Firsts

This is our first time experiencing a July 1st start to our fiscal year. For our first 35 years, we would have already been one quarter into our new year by now. There’s many reasons why this change makes so much sense and this was the year to do it. It aligns with many of our partners at the local, state and national level, allows funding campaigns can start and finish in the same fiscal year, and streamlines tracking and reporting of all of our activities.

As part of our Growing Hope initiatives, in a few short weeks we will undertake another first - a large-scale direct distribution Farmer’s Market in Lorain. Second Harvest’s staff and truck will be at the Lorain County Health & Dentistry’s site on Broadway where we will distribute produce to an estimated 300+ families. Volunteers from United Way of Lorain County and HandsOn Northeast Ohio will be helping and other services will be available for those attending. We are targeting Lorain to help address the loss of food pantries in the city in recent months.

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Growing Hope

Since last fall, Second Harvest’s board and staff have been diligently working, meeting with donors, volunteers and partners to understand our work better.
The result of these months of work is our Master Plan -- our planting guide -- to grow hope in our community over the next five years and beyond. We have set an audacious goal to increase from our current level providing 7 million meals to providing nearly 12 million meals by 2021. Why 12 million?

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In 2017, Second Harvest marks 35 years of service to the community but during 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 Food Box Programs and Farmer’s Markets.

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Growing Hope

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April is the beginning of a new season and this year we’re excited about celebrating 35 Years of Growing Hope!  Our recent Annual Report highlights the opening of the Nordson Food Distribution Center - the culmination of our last strategic plan and a major milestone for our organization.  Complete lists of our hunger-relief partner charities, fund donors, food donors, volunteers and audited financial statements are available for review online.  

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