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

Feeding Kids This Summer

Feeding Kids This Summer

Remember the happy, joyous feeling of finishing your last day of school for the year? Nothing but fun, summer days ahead. That is, unless you are one of the thousands of children who rely on free and reduced school lunch programs. Those sprawling summer days can bring back the ache of hunger for some youngsters. But there is hope.

Food insecure families struggle to procure sources of food for their children when school is not in session. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps to alleviate this troubling reality by serving healthy meals and snacks to children age 18 and younger, free of charge over summer break. Many schools, public agencies and nonprofit organizations sponsor sites in your community.

The SFSP was created to ensure that children in low-income areas can continue to receive nutritious meals in the summer. Sources of food include dairy, meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. In addition to meals, SFSP sites provide educational, enrichment, and recreational activities for children to lead healthy and productive lifestyles.

Second Harvest supports local SFSP sponsors in Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain counties

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Save the Date!

Save the Date!

Summer is just getting under way and no one wants to think beyond it but you need to mark your calendar! Sunday, September 24th from 5-8PM is Generous Helpings. Join us for an evening of great food and fun as we celebrate our favorite and most delicious event at the Nordson Food Distribution Center. The event will feature tastings of local restaurants’ signature dishes, wine and ale parings, live music and a raffle and silent auction – all set in our beautiful new facility.

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Julie's Notes

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In 2017, Second Harvest marks 35 years of service to the community but during May, we celebrate Older American’s Month. In the United States, 1 in 12 seniors struggle with hunger and don’t have the nutrition they need to stay in good health. Just as it’s necessary for young children to receive proper nutrition, it’s also imperative seniors eat enough healthy foods to remain strong and healthy. In our region, over 10,000 seniors struggle with hunger and receive help through our network of food pantries, hot meal programs, Senior Food Box Programs and Farmer’s Markets.

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National Older Adult Month

Each year Second Harvest works to find ways to distribute food to the growing segment of Older Adults who are food insecure in our region. We are now distributing nearly 725 Senior Boxes per month compared to the 284 per month that we served at the beginning of this program three years ago. In our region, nearly 15% (10,300 people) of those we serve are seniors and the numbers keep rising.
A recent study highlights some interesting trends.

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Walmart is Leading the Charge...Again!

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Walmart will continue running the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. promotion through the middle of this month. They are hoping to give out $1.5 million nationwide to end hunger.
There are four main ways you can participate in the campaign when you visit any Walmart:

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