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

Dialing Down Hunger

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A new study released shows that Ohio’s average rate of food insecurity is on the decline thanks to safety-net programs available to those who need it. Last month, the USDA Economic Research Service released its Household Food Security in the U.S. in 2016. in 2016 report. The report revealed that, while the prevalence of food insecurity in Ohio remains higher than the national average, we have made some modest progress toward increased food security for vulnerable people in our state. From 2011-13 to 2014-16, Ohio’s average rate of food insecurity declined from 16.0 percent to 14.8 percent. It’s a small change, and not a statistically significant one. There’s much more work to do, and to keep doing.

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Fighting to End Hunger One Bowl at a Time

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Empty Bowls by the Lake
Saturday, October 14th 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

What began as an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger has become a fall favorite right in our backyard. Local artists, crafters, potters, educators, students, and volunteers create beautiful handcrafted bowls while restaurants donate soup and bread. Two Second Harvest Board members, Cynthia McCabe and Tom LaMotte, will participate by sharing some hunger information with guests. With a $20 donation, guests receive a bowl of their choosing and unlimited soup and bread while enjoying music from local high school musicians. A silent auction and raffle will give opportunities to win some great items. All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio and Community Resource Services. For more information, visit emptybowlsbythelake.org.

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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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