Our partner charities now have access to a new software program that will streamline the ordering process. Agency Express is our new inventory control program that will allow our partner charities to see our inventory in real time, place an order any time of the day or night and get real-time confirmation through the system.
In November, we pause to honor veterans. As we reflect on their gift of service to us all, we feel a sense of pride and gratitude. Yet, there is also a sense of failure when we come to realize that so many of these heroes and their families are struggling. We know that 25% of those we serve in our region are veterans.
Since its inception 36 years ago, the Holiday Cheer campaign has raised over $1,000,000. Second Harvest provided over a millions of meals for families struggling with hunger with those funds raised here in our community. A local effort led by Burger King and WOBL/WDLW, Holiday Cheer raises money each year, which is directly passed through to our partner charities so they can provide food through the food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
The school year is off to a strong start and so is Second Harvest’s School Pantry program. The five sites that were part of the pilot program last year are all going to be participating again this year. They are all middle schools in the Lorain, Clearview and Midview school districts. Elyria School District is participating this year for the first time.