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

Second Harvest Receives The Key

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Second Harvest was recognized for our work over the past year and presented the key to the cities of Lorain and Elyria during the State of the Cities addresses by the mayors. Seen here are Elyria Mayor Frank Whitfield, Second Harvest President & CEO Julie Chase-Morefield, Mark Ballard II, Mayor’s Liaison for the City of Elyria and Second Harvest Board Member and Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley.

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Thank You, Volunteers!

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When individual volunteers were able to come back to help out at Second Harvest and at the distributions, we met so many new friends. As a matter of fact, 92% of the volunteers working now are new. From August 2020 to January 2021, volunteers packed 30,192 shelf-stable boxes (including senior boxes and pantry boxes). These volunteers sorted and packed 891,777 pounds of food. Pictured here are Kathy L. and Don B. working at a distribution.

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A Note from Julie

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The challenges we’ve faced individually and collectively in 2020 will remain etched in our memories for a lifetime. But as the new year begins, 2021 can mark a time for the hope, the kind that comes with a new beginning. The lessons gained from 2020 are varied, but for us at Second Harvest, we believe one is the recognition of how much we need each other.

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Columbia Gas Lends a Hand

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Cold weather is about to make outdoor food distributions at Second Harvest difficult, which is why Columbia Gas has donated outdoor equipment. Before COVID-19, Second Harvest would distribute food inside school buildings. But now that everything has moved to drive-thrus outside, cold weather could present a challenge.

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Partner Charity Spotlight

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Norva Ross has been at the helm of Pathways Enrichment Center in Lorain since 1995. Pathways serves all of Lorain County and is located in the middle of one of Lorain’s food desert areas. Since the pandemic hit in April, Norva has been open every week and has been serving twice the amount of families as she usually sees. Over 4,300 families have attended one of Pathway’s distributions in 2020. Norva was able to work with Second Harvest, National Guard soldiers, and her dedicated team of volunteers to improvise and adopt a drive-thru distribution model in a very limited space. She much prefers giving community members a choice of food, but always consults the food pyramid when planning out pre-packed pantry boxes.

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