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

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QDC) Can Score a Big Win for You and Second Harvest

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Did you know you are able to roll over your required minimum distribution from your IRA to Second Harvest tax-free? This is available to people age 70 1/2 or older and done through your IRA.

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Julie's Notes

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With the holidays approaching, we enter the season where hunger is top of mind for so many and Second Harvest is the fortunate recipient of generous donations of food, funds and volunteer time. Only with your help are we able to do so much more during the holiday season for our neighbors in need.

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Spend a Month in Poverty

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It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situation that individuals and families living in poverty experience every day – the decisions they have to make and the fears and frustrations they feel. That is why Second Harvest was happy to host a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) this past October. Thirty-five people including donors, corporate partners, partner charity representatives, Board members and community leaders gathered to learn more deeply about the struggles of low-income families and individuals by assuming a given role and trying to work through a maze of options to get through the month.

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Four-Star Rating Again

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We are proud to announce Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio has earned a second consecutive 4-star rating through Charity Navigator. This is the highest possible rating and indicates that our organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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Holiday Cheer Celebrates 35 Years!

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Since its inception 35 years ago, the Holiday Cheer campaign has raised over $1,000,000 for Second Harvest, equaling over a millions of meals for families struggling with hunger. A community effort led by Burger King and WOBL/WDLW, Holiday Cheer raises money each year, which is directly passed through to our partner charities so they can provide food through the food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

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