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

The Plight of Teen Hunger

The flurry of activity last month included the release of an important new study, “Bringing Teens to the Table: A Focus on Food Insecurity in America,” exposing the plight of teenagers facing hunger conducted by Feeding America and the Urban Institute. It reveals the challenges and coping strategies employed by teens struggling with hunger.

Teenagers often have to help their families figure out how everyone in the household has enough to eat, especially younger siblings. One commented, “I feel like just knowing if food’s running low, it’s pressure on me because I feel like they need to eat, they can’t go without eating…”

At the same time many teens talked about the fear and stigma around hunger and actively working to hide it as much as they can in order to fit in. A teen who participated in the focus group explained, “A lot of students struggle on the weekends, because they’re not at school, and they don’t have food to eat.”

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Bimbo's Bakeries

They have kept delicious breads, English muffins and sweet baked goods part of the American tradition for decades. For the last six years, Bimbo’s Bakeries USA (BBU) has kept Second Harvest supplied with these bread products to share with our partner charities.

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11th Annual Generous Helpings Event a Success!

The weather was perfect for the 11th Annual Generous Helpings event as our friends and supporters helped us raise over $72,000 for our neighbors in need.

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October 12th is National Farmers Day

It’s time to celebrate our farm partners this month. Those who grow crops, vegetables, fruits, dairy, swine, sheep, cattle, or grapes- will be honored on October 12 with their own day of recognition! ‪‬‬

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A Time for ACTION

September is Hunger Action Month – a time for the Feeding America network of over 200 foodbanks and those who support the mission to take action on the issue of hunger. One issue. Many activities.

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