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Program and Member Services Staff on the Rise

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With more direct service and new programs like the School Markets debuting this school year, we are realigning our staff and their duties to provide the best service possible. Samantha “Sam” Flores, Sarah Horan and Brittney Hopkins all came on board at Second Harvest in 2017. The Program and Member Services Department was restructuring and had three great candidates to join our team.

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13th Annual Generous Helpings: a Success!

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Lucky number 13 brought many new people to Second Harvest on September 30th to celebrate Generous Helpings. Newness and celebration were in the air. We saw so many new faces who visited for the first time. Yet, some of our regulars were tapping to the tunes by Swamp Boogie Band. Over 500 people helped raise over $68,000 for our neighbors struggling with hunger. Eating, relaxing, dancing, competing at the bid table for the perfect silent auction prize and even watching the Brown’s game all marked the evening.

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Go Orange

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In our region, there are over 80,000 people struggling with hunger. We see neighbors, friends, even family members who are having a tough time making ends meet. It’s because of them – and the nearly 49 million people in the US who are struggling with hunger – that we are asking you to help us raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our country.

Every year, across America, we designate September as Hunger Action Month – a time when we ask people to take action in the fight against hunger. It is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more Americans than ever before, whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering.

We have many things planned this month for you to join in on but some of these things are best accomplished by you, with your own family, neighborhood and at work.

• Go orange! Encourage your city or township to shine an orange light (symbolic color for hunger) on city hall to mark the community commitment to end hunger locally.

• Wear orange to work or that civic meeting; talk to your friends about it.

• September 13 is Hunger Action Day! It is also Congressional Farm Bill Call-In Day. Call Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Bob Gibbs at 888-398-8702 and ask them to protect SNAP and strengthen TEFAP. Click HERE for more information.

• Go online and join in the social media buzz. Change your profile picture Facebook and Twitter page. Click HERE for options.

• Become a HUNGER HERO. Join us in our super-hero effort to eliminate child hunger.

• Become a volunteer. For more information, click HERE.

• Join us for Generous Helpings. For tickets, click HERE.

 

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School-Based Pantries

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Back to School this year means we are rolling out the School-Based Mobile Pantry Program! One out of every five children in our region under 18 years of age is food insecure. This information has inspired us to create the Child Hunger Initiative. The School-Based Mobile Pantry, is one of them. The pilot program aims to feed children in a more holistic way to create food security for the entire family. By working with schools to provide food to families in a variety of ways, the initiative will dramatically increase the amount of food and meals families and their children will receive to address child hunger in our region. By October, all five middle schools: three in Lorain City Schools; one in Clearview Local Schools (Lorain); and one in Midview Local Schools (Grafton) will be distributing food to families in these districts and will continue each month. Our goal is to be able to expand our reach to serve both children and their families throughout our region. We anticipate that hundreds of children and families will be fed because of this program.

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Strong Support for Generous Helpings

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Generous Helpings is the culmination of Hunger Action Month and what a powerful display of community members and businesses coming together to put on the top charitable event in the county. It’s a wonderful event for sure, but that is only because of the hard work and hours of donated time by the restaurants, the chefs, the committee members, the sponsors and supporters. This year, our special focus is on our Child Hunger Initiatives. We’ve put a call out for HUNGER HEROES so they will join forces with us to help stamp out child hunger!

All of the restaurants and chefs donate their time to offer the most delectable dishes. Chef John D’Amico from Chez Francois, has joined us for many years and continues to donate his time and shares his culinary talents with all of us in order to raise awareness about hunger. Over the years, Mary Zelek from Zelek’s Flower Shop, has donated many hours of her time and creativity to transform the warehouse into a dazzling party venue.

Some of the newcomers this year adding to our slate of great restaurants include Peace, Love and Little Donuts, Sugar Shack Confections, Tom’s Country Place and Spectrum Café. Check out the entire list of restaurants HERE.

All of our sponsors for Generous Helpings are also HUNGER HEROES. They have demonstrated through their work with Second Harvest that ending hunger in our region and specifically working towards ending child hunger is vitally important and they want to be a part of it.
Check out our list of HUNGER HEROES HERE.

So this year, while you are enjoying the wonderful delicacies and ambiance, remember that so many people, long-time supporters or new, have donated countless hours of their time, creativity and passion to making Generous Helpings the premier event in Lorain County.

See what all the buzz is about. Join us on September 30, 2018 from 5-8 PM and see. Click HERE to purchase your Generous Helpings tickets.

 

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