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

Helping Hands Ministry Pantry

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The busiest people get the most done. When Makala Weaver started the Helping Hands Ministry Pantry at the Master’s Hand Church of God in 2008, she saw that people were in need and she knew she could do something about it. She has been the real-life example of helping hands ever since. As it turns out Makala is a full-time registered nurse and a wife and mother of three as well. The family lives in Mansfield.

Helping Hands Ministry Pantry is open to those in need in Castalia two times each month. It is a choice pantry that allows clients to select items out of their inventory. Makala feels that she is blessed because

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Make the Holidays Brighter with Holiday Cheer

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Since its inception 34 years ago, the Holiday Cheer campaign has raised over $900,000 for Second Harvest, equaling over a millions of meals for families struggling with hunger. A community effort led by Burger King, WOBL 1320 AM, and WDLW 1380 AM, Holiday Cheer raises money for Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio each holiday season.

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Veterans

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In time for Veteran’s Day, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs launched a screening initiative that will be implemented at all its facilities which is aimed at tackling food insecurity for veterans. Under this first-ever program, VA health-care providers will ask all patients whether they have run out of food or struggled to pay for it within the past three months. If they say yes, VA staff will connect them to a local food pantry or community program, share information on enrolling in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) or refer them to follow-up care with a dietary counselor, if needed.

This is a critical step toward addressing hunger in a vulnerable — and often unreachable — population. Veterans frequently suffer from conditions, such as disability or mental illness that can stop them from seeking help. Some may shy away from the stigma against accepting handouts and this can also be a common deterrent from getting much needed help.

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Julie’s Notes

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Turning the calendar pages to a new month means cooler weather and falling leaves. While there was much to celebrate in September, we also dealt with very serious news. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria created devastation in distinct areas of our country and we were all called to help. We, along with the other Feeding America food banks remains dedicated to supporting network members impacted by these disasters. Collectively, we have shipped more than 19 million pounds of food, water and supplies (approximately 616 truckloads) and are currently processing over 30 additional truckloads. There are more than 75 temporary staff placements for impacted food banks.

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Your Generosity Made the 12th Annual Generous Helpings a Success!

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Your Generosity Made the 12th Annual Generous Helpings a Success!

Celebration was in the air at the 12th Annual Generous Helpings event. Over 500 people helped us raise over $65,000 for our neighbors in need. The weather was picture-perfect. Swamp Boogie Band had the place rocking and the food was never better. Guests dined on tasty dishes ranging from 18 local chefs and restaurants, making the competition tough for the judges and guests to select their favorites. This year’s Critic Choice winner was from Sodexo (UH-at Elyria Medical Center) The People’s Choice Award went to the Jailhouse Tavern.

Check out some of the photos from the memorable evening here.

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