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Fresh Thoughts is the monthly on-line newsletter of Second Harvest

Harvest for Hunger Honorary Chair

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Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio’s (Second Harvest) is proud to announce Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President of Lorain County Community College, as the Honorary Chairperson for the 2019 Harvest for Hunger campaign which will kick-off on March 5 and run through the month of April.

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Solving Senior Hunger

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Laura Tanner is from South Lorain and first learned that she and her husband might be eligible to get fresh produce at a local distribution from her neighbor who offered her some carrots and blueberries. They soon attended the food distribution at Mother Cabrini’s, themselves and got more than they bargained for. Not only were they able to receive fresh, healthy produce, they were able to get to know so many helpful and caring people along the way.

Laura is 80 years old and is partially blind. When she was 73, she was in her 23rd year of working for a local banquet facility when she contracted a rare eye disorder that left her with permanent eye damage forcing her to retire. She and her husband found themselves needing to cut corners and live as simply as possible. When she went to her first mobile produce pantry at Mother Cabrini’s four years ago, she was amazed and grateful for the bounty of fresh produce that they could get and insists on respecting the opportunity. “I only take what we can use,” Laura insists. “Never any more. It is such a gift.”

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You're Invited

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YOU ARE INVITED! HARVEST FOR HUNGER Kick-Off at Second Harvest Food Bank

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#HereToHelp

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Be there when people need you. It’s one of the guiding principles of our work and it’s never more important than during a time of uncertainty. We continue to monitor the partial U.S. government shutdown and its effects locally. Connecting those affected to food and resources in North Central Ohio is critically important. Our network of over 100 Partner Charities stands ready to assist anyone during this time of uncertainty. We are here to help.

Not only do we have a strong supply of food, we have a new addition to our fleet, which will allow us to deliver more food at each delivery. Our new 48' refrigerated trailer and tractor is on the road and already helping us increase the amount of food and grocery products and help meet the needs of our community.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for February were initially at risk of not being issued. USDA found an administrative loophole allowing it to issue February benefits early. Ohio SNAP recipients received their full February benefits before January 20 and will not receive additional benefits for the entire month of February. If the shutdown continues, it is unknown whether March SNAP benefits will be issued. An estimated 1.4 million Ohioans rely on SNAP to feed their families

Help us spread the word that anyone in need of food assistance can visit our Find Help Directory to find a food pantry near. Local food pantry distribution information is also being made available on social media: FACEBOOK  TWITTER 

For anyone with question on SNAP benefits please contact the local Job & Family Services office by calling 1-866-886-3537 (choose option 6, then option 2). Help is also available in Spanish.

 

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New Addition To Our Fleet

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Second Harvest added a new large-capacity truck to its fleet and delivered approximately 11,270 pounds of food to Beyond The Walls Church in Elyria in time for their scheduled Food Pantry and Hot Meal Program Friday, January 11, 2019. Julie Chase-Morefield, President & CEO of Second Harvest was present for this first large delivery and was pleased at how smoothly and quickly so much food was handled.

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