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

Julie's Notes

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Stand Up for Families Struggling with Food Insecurity

Growing season is just around the corner and soon our coolers will be full of healthy, nutritious and locally-grown produce ready to go to families struggling with hunger. While the core of our work is food distribution, we’re also a voice for those same families we bring fresh produce. As advocates, we are urging Congress to oppose any cuts and changes to SNAP and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) in the Farm Bill which helps so many low-income families in our region.

SNAP is a cornerstone federal program helping hardworking families during difficult times. Serving more than 43 million Americans, SNAP is the largest anti-hunger program in the United States and creates food security for children, seniors and families. CSFP provides seniors living below 130% of poverty with a box of nutritious food each month to supplement their food.

As part of our efforts, Second Harvest worked in partnership with the Lorain County Board of Commissioners on a resolution

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National Volunteer Month

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National Volunteer Month is observed in April.  But, our amazing group of Volunteers don’t limit their service to one month!  Last year over 3,200 volunteers handled over 1 million pounds of product, filled 34K backpacks for children, boxed over 3K mobile pantry boxes for families and over 10K boxes for seniors.  We could not serve our community without the dedication of these volunteers.  Needless to say, OUR VOLUNTEERS SAVE US!

Each year we bestow the Jimmy L. Davis Spirit of Community Award to a deserving volunteer from a group of volunteers who exemplify the commitment of our late board member.  In 2017, two special people were selected

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Audit Awards Excellent Mark

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Since moving into our current building, Second Harvest has been committed and dedicated to providing a clean, safe, high quality food environment. We just completed our second AIB International audit and gained an excellent score of 945 out of 1,000. Our first audit came in January of 2016, scoring 935.


The staff and leadership of Second Harvest know that these kinds of scores are very difficult to achieve but tell the story

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Fight Hunger. Spark Change

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The annual "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign launched April 2 and will run through April 30 in all Walmart stores. Over the last five years, the campaign has raised more than $50 million to fight hunger, with funds benefiting local food banks across the United States. Locally, Second Harvest can benefit when you participate at any of the six Walmart stores in our four-county region.

What is new for this year's campaign?

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Julie's Notes

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Every day we are seeing a little more daylight, experiencing a little more warmth and in our work here those are prime ingredients for Growing Hope. We are in the midst of our largest food and fundraising campaign of the year – Harvest for Hunger. For every $1 donated Second Harvest can distribute 5 meals. Our goal is to collect enough to surpass 1 Million Meals and you can help today with your online donation.

As the community takes up this grassroots effort, there’s a real feeling of resolve to help families and friends who are hungry. Giant Eagle and Heinen’s – running their Check out Hunger campaign are offering a few new ideas to raise funds and have some fun. Stop by the Amherst Giant Eagle on Tuesday, March 20 from 3-5PM. They will be hosting a Celebrity Bagging event. Honorary Harvest for Hunger Chairperson and Lorain County Commissioner, Lori Kokoski, and WKYC-TV3 personality, Tiffany Tarpley, will be bagging groceries for anyone who donates $5 or $10 at the register. Other local celebrities will also be available. On Saturday, March 24 from 10-4PM at the Avon Heinen’s, they will be running a Harvest for Hunger Carnival. Fun, games and prizes for all. Most off all, help for those in need.

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