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

A Note From Julie

Entering into September and a new season, we are fresh on the heels of the flooding disaster in Houston and South Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida and southern states affecting so many. The climb back to normalcy will be slow, measured in months and years. Feeding America is monitoring the situation on-the-ground and coordinating with national disaster partners, Feeding Texas  and Hurricane Irma relief efforts as well as impacted network members. FA’s national office contingents are in these regions now and will continue to serve as a central point of communication for all network and national donor offers of support to relieve other network staff of this coordination effort. We will continue to share the latest news through our social media as we receive updates.
The disasters are examples of the volatility in our world today. It is hard to keep track of let alone know how you should react. You may even wonder – ”Can I really make a difference?” Let me assure you the answer is yes.

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It's Time for HUNGER ACTION MONTH

Help us raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our community. Now is the time. It is September. It is Hunger Action Month.
IT IS GO TIME! GO ORANGE!
In our region, there are 70,580 people struggling with hunger. We see neighbors, friends, even family members who are having a tough time making ends meet. It’s because of them – and the nearly 49 million people in the US who are struggling with hunger – that we are asking you to help us raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our country.

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BEST OF 2017 Winner is Generous Helpings

Generous Helpings is the culmination of Hunger Action Month and what a powerful display of community members and businesses coming together to put on the top charitable event in the county. We won the 2017 BEST OF Lorain County this year! It’s a wonderful event for sure, but that is only because of the hard work and hours of donated time by the restaurants, the chefs, the committee members, the sponsors and supporters.

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Julie's Notes

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The rhythm of summer is everywhere…the rattling cicadas on hot sunny days, the distant laughter of kids playing on the local ball diamond and the lapping of the waves on Lake Erie’s beaches. August offers us the long and last chance to take in what’s left of summer in north central Ohio. At Second Harvest, we, too, are still trying to fit in vacations and summer fun, but the drum beat of hunger does not take a vacation and we have been on-task with rolling out programs to curb its force. 

We recently announced our partnership with the United Way of Greater Lorain County. Both organizations serve low-income individuals and families who need assistance meeting their basic needs. The new partnership will provide a mutually supportive relationship that advances the ability of both partners to meet the overlying needs of their clients. We are two separate organizations that will work together when appropriate, each bringing our own strengths, to help to solve a problem or lend a hand for the betterment of the community. Click here to learn more.

In July, we conducted our first direct-distribution Farmer’s Market. Second Harvest staff and volunteers put on the distribution. And because together we can do more – we had a little help from our friends - United Way supplied volunteers and Lorain County Health & Dentistry offered their site.

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Our Own Farmer's Market

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Second Harvest served nearly 120 first-time families at our first direct-distribution Farmer’s Market in late July. There were about 40 other families served who were already in our system. One of our goals is to serve people who live in underserved areas.

The site for this first of four Farmer’s Markets is the parking lot of Lorain County Health & Dentistry at 1205 Broadway Ave., Lorain. Other dates include: August 19, September 30 and October 21. It is located in an area were the food insecurity rate is at 30.4%, meaning that about 3,887 people in just the immediate area alone does not know where their next meal is coming from. The location is also close to and easily accessible to the areas in Lorain where the poverty rate, food insecurity and unemployment rates are high. Our goal is to set up a Farmer’s Market distribution once per month for the four months of the growing season to offer fresh produce and nutrition education for low income families in Lorain. We estimate that as the Farmer’s Market season progresses, we could serve up to 400 families each time. This Farmer’s Market is being put on to help moderate to low-income families. Recipients must register so they will have to bring a photo ID and be income eligible.

The Farmer's Market program is a proven, successful trend in the food banking community that utilizes a mobile distribution network in the manner of a traditional farmer's market. Second Harvest Food Bank is in our tenth year of running Farmer's Markets throughout our region.

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