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

Food On The Move!

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OHgo’s mobile food pantry takes food on the move. They set up a choice style pantry serving twice a month (every month) for income eligible families, literally on the go. Their mobile units can be spotted at McArthur Park and Orlando Pace Park in Sandusky or in neighborhoods that have been underserved for years. They are serving close to 1000 people a month since launching this program in June of 2016. Families can come to all pantries each month and will receive food for up to 4 days!

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Fitting Kick-Off for HFH 2018

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Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Paczki Day…. The day has many names. We call it Harvest for Hunger Kick-Off Day! And what a day it was! About 100 local officials, volunteers and Second Harvest staff gathered Feb. 13 for the kickoff of Harvest for Hunger, the annual campaign to raise funding and food for the food bank.

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Julie's Notes

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Our largest fundraising initiative of the year is kicking-off this week.  Harvest for Hunger is almost under way and we count on you to join in helping us meet our goal of over ONE MILLION MEALS to families in our area.  This year we are thrilled to have Honorary Harvest for Hunger Chair, Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski to Kick-Off the Campaign on Tuesday, February 13  from4-6 PM at Second Harvest.   All are welcome and I hope will consider stopping by.  Say YES and be part of the most successful food and funds drive in the nation – Click Here. 

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Moving Forward with Technology

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Today, technology is taking on a much larger role in our world and at Second Harvest. This technology that is revolutionizing the way we communicate and do business is what we are relying on to help us do our work quicker and with more efficiency. 

At Second Harvest, we are upgrading our accounting and inventory software which is a critical component across our organization and give us room for growth. CERES 4.5 software is designed for Food Bank and will allow us to more easily track product donations, grants, food drives and integrate these functions in a more streamline fashion.  Every department has members who rely on the CERES system for tracking and managing to some degree, so integration is key. According to Tami Kluding, Business Services Manager, “It has been over ten years since we’ve been able to upgrade this system. We are really excited about what we’ll be able to do going forward.”

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SNAP Benefits: Old Myths Persist

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Since the first Pilot Food Stamp Program in the early 1960s to the current SNAP program, the common thread through out was the intention to help those struggling with food insecurity. The program has changed and been upgraded many times since the early days but old myths and stories of abuses still exist. Here are just a few notable misconceptions:

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