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Hunger Heroes

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We need you to be the super heroes we know you can be to help us stop childhood hunger in its tracks! This year we are rallying around the cause of child hunger and rather than just an event, it is a season. In our area one in five children struggle with hunger. That is about 17,000 kids. We believe we have a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds to really make a difference. But we need your help.We invite you to join with us in breaking the cycle of hunger in North Central Ohio, focusing on the specific issue of child hunger. We are asking our friends and supporters to be HUNGER HEROES! End childhood hunger. Donate TODAY!

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PRODUCE Season is almost here!

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We will soon be filling out coolers and trucks with local fresh produce for distribution. Second Harvest is embarking on the 14th year of this program. We are fortunate to be partnered with local growers and farmers who can provide the fresh produce. These just-picked items come to us and are sent out to the scheduled Mobile Produce Pantries in a very timely manner.

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Summer Feeding Programs

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Every summer when school ends, millions of kids and teens are at risk of going hungry. Without access to the free or reduced-price meals children receive in school, many families in poverty struggle to feed their children during the summer months.

With the help of numerous sponsoring agencies and stakeholders, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)works to feed thousands of children in Ohio. Despite these numbers, many Ohio parents and caregivers are forced to make difficult decisions daily to provide for their families. In many cases, this leaves Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens, our children and youth, struggling with hunger daily.

The program is offered in many locations such as parks, playgrounds, housing authorities, day camps, churches, community centers, etc. Often the SFSP meal service is combined with learning and recreational activities for the children.

However, the SFSP is among the most underutilized government programs. As few as 1 in 10 eligible Ohio students receive food through the SFSP. An alarming number of kids may have inadequate access to this food during the summer. When school is out, these kids also lack the other support school offers, including engagement, learning, supervision, a safe and temperature-controlled environment.

Some of the SFSP sites selected by the state in our area include: Three Lorain City School sites, Family Fellowship Church on Cooper Foster Park Rd. in Amherst, South Elyria Horizon on Louden Court in Elyria, Avon Lake Parks and Rec, Elyria City Parks and Rec, Oberlin Community Services, East Park, South Park, Heise Park, Galion Public Library and the Galion Church of the Nazarene, all in Galion, Ohio, Nehemiah Partners in Sandusky and Salvation Army in Huron. There is a list of the 53 sites named in our region so far.. Click here to view the current list. The Ohio Department of Education will continue to add sites as they are assigned.

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Save the Date!

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Generous Helpings is right around the corner! Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 29th from 5-8PM. Join us for an evening of great food and fun as we celebrate our favorite and most delicious event at the Nordson Food Distribution Center. The event will feature tastings of local restaurants’ signature dishes, wine and ale parings, live music by the ever-popular Swamp Boogie Band and raffles and silent auctions – all set in our beautiful new facility. We are expecting a fun crowd and a large number of tasters this year, so hurry and purchase your tickets here! We have opportunities for sponsorship as Hunger Heroes as well! Promote your business or organization while raising funds and awareness for those struggling with hunger. Sponsors will receive placement on event advertisements and an opportunity to be seen by thousands of people from across the region. There are a number of sponsorship levels available, visit our website for more information.

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Child Hunger Summit

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For nearly a year, we, at Second Harvest have turned our focus to the pressing issue of child hunger. Out of the 9.5 million pounds of food that we distributed last year, nearly 38% of that food went to feed children. Many of our partners and friends have put on the Hunger Hero cape to help with this goal. We entered into a pilot program with three school systems to put on five Mobile School Pantries each month. So far, we have been able to serve 17,843 families since September. Approximately 40,864 children received food through this program.

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