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

Harvest for Hunger

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 There is still time to contribute to Harvest for Hunger! 

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Volunteer Relations

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We celebrate National Volunteer Month in April, which highlights the impact volunteers have on our lives and encourages active volunteerism in generations to come. They generously donate a part of their lives to do the work that helps us advance our mission of Growing Hope.

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A Note from Julie

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As we stand at the foot of a brand-new year, the need for food still outpaces pre-pandemic levels across our region and we remain steadfastly focused on moving families back to stability. We anticipate this being the case throughout the winter months. If volunteering and giving back are on your new year resolution list now may be a great time to get involved. While we always meet the need in front of us, we step into the future applying the lessons learned and planning strategically to make life better for those who rely on us to be here.

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Full Hearts and Plates for the Holidays

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This past holiday season brought many chances to help those in our four-county region get food they needed to bring their families together around the table. For the second year in a row, we conducted the largest distributions of the year just before Thanksgiving. To improve the experience for our community members, we scheduled three separate events, one each in Crawford, Huron, and Lorain counties. We also required pre-registration. Our goal was to shorten the distance needed to travel to a distribution and shorten the wait time in line. For the Lorain County distribution, we partnered with Lorain County Community College and moved the distribution to their campus off of Abbe Road in Elyria.

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From Campus to Classroom

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Data shows that nearly three in five college students experience basic needs insecurity with food insecurity affecting 39% of students at two-year institutions and 29% of students at four-year institutions. With this in mind, we began a partnership with LCCC through their Commodore Cupboard several years ago and continued to pursue other opportunities to help young adults and the community through other higher education affiliations.

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