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

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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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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