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

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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Julie's Notes

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At the beginning of a new year we all create resolutions for the coming year. Second Harvest has a new resolution not just for this year but for many to come. Our new vision is a brighter future for all by cultivating a healthy, hunger-free community. We believe a community where every person who needs it has access to nutritious food is not only possible but essential for the overall strength of our community. And we know you share our vision. Just scroll through our recent social media posts and you’ll see smiling faces dropping off hams, turkeys or monetary donations. The dial is moving in the right direction, but we can’t stop until we reach everyone need our help.

Harvest for Hunger is a way for you to help move the dial and it’s right around the corner. We are excited to announce the 2018 Honorary Harvest for Hunger Campaign Chair will be

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Host a Harvest for Hunger Drive for 2018

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The official Harvest for Hunger season will kick off in February so we are in need of businesses, organizations, churches, clubs, troops and groups of all kind to run campaigns this year. As a group, you can raise funds and foods for a great cause and at the same time have fun doing it.

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Meet Emerald

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January is National Mentoring Month and we thought we’d participate in the celebration by introducing you to our own mentee, Emerald Woodburn. Emerald started here at Second Harvest in October on the advice of her LCCC internship advisor. She is part of the Volunteer team here and works closely with our efforts to reduce waste in the landfills, recycle some unusable food to animal farmers and to safely dispose of over-the-counter medicines. Emerald has been instrumental in connecting us with the Friendship APL as a destination for some animal food and litter than ends up in our food drive bins.
“I have definitely learned a lot,” Emerald says. “Susan and her staff are very open to learning ways to reduce our waste.” Emerald is a student in the LCCC Partnership Program studying Integrated Environmental Studies at Hiram College. Her goal one day is to be able to be instrumental in restoration projects after natural disasters.

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Kick-off Party!

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You are invited to join us for our Harvest for Hunger Kick-Off event. Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 4-6:00 PM in the Community Room at Second Harvest. Stop in for some Happy-Hour refreshments, games, door prizes; and hear from others running campaigns and those who help with hunger relief in our area. Let’s have some fun, share some stories, and be inspired to take action to make a difference in the fight against hunger in our area. Click here for more information.

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