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

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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Julie's Notes

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The rhythm of summer is everywhere…the rattling cicadas on hot sunny days, the distant laughter of kids playing on the local ball diamond and the lapping of the waves on Lake Erie’s beaches. August offers us the long and last chance to take in what’s left of summer in north central Ohio. At Second Harvest, we, too, are still trying to fit in vacations and summer fun, but the drum beat of hunger does not take a vacation and we have been on-task with rolling out programs to curb its force. 

We recently announced our partnership with the United Way of Greater Lorain County. Both organizations serve low-income individuals and families who need assistance meeting their basic needs. The new partnership will provide a mutually supportive relationship that advances the ability of both partners to meet the overlying needs of their clients. We are two separate organizations that will work together when appropriate, each bringing our own strengths, to help to solve a problem or lend a hand for the betterment of the community. Click here to learn more.

In July, we conducted our first direct-distribution Farmer’s Market. Second Harvest staff and volunteers put on the distribution. And because together we can do more – we had a little help from our friends - United Way supplied volunteers and Lorain County Health & Dentistry offered their site.

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Our Own Farmer's Market

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Second Harvest served nearly 120 first-time families at our first direct-distribution Farmer’s Market in late July. There were about 40 other families served who were already in our system. One of our goals is to serve people who live in underserved areas.

The site for this first of four Farmer’s Markets is the parking lot of Lorain County Health & Dentistry at 1205 Broadway Ave., Lorain. Other dates include: August 19, September 30 and October 21. It is located in an area were the food insecurity rate is at 30.4%, meaning that about 3,887 people in just the immediate area alone does not know where their next meal is coming from. The location is also close to and easily accessible to the areas in Lorain where the poverty rate, food insecurity and unemployment rates are high. Our goal is to set up a Farmer’s Market distribution once per month for the four months of the growing season to offer fresh produce and nutrition education for low income families in Lorain. We estimate that as the Farmer’s Market season progresses, we could serve up to 400 families each time. This Farmer’s Market is being put on to help moderate to low-income families. Recipients must register so they will have to bring a photo ID and be income eligible.

The Farmer's Market program is a proven, successful trend in the food banking community that utilizes a mobile distribution network in the manner of a traditional farmer's market. Second Harvest Food Bank is in our tenth year of running Farmer's Markets throughout our region.

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Our Warehouse Warriors

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Our unsung, often unknown heroes do most of their work behind the scenes. You never see them, you don’t even know they exist. But without their help, the load bread from Giant Eagle would not ever get to the dock for Grace’s Kitchen to pick-up or on our delivery trucks headed for Plymouth-Shiloh. Phil Simulcik, Director of Operations, relies on their steady work to move product into the warehouse and move it out as quickly as possible for those who are food insecure. “I count on this crew to keep things moving. People need this food and each man and woman knows it. They work hard to make sure that can happen,” says Phil.

We thought we’d shine some light on a few of our warehouse staff who work behind the scenes:

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