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

A Time For Planning

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Proper planning for an organization’s growth and needs requires that all facets of the organization have access to one source of truth — one vision, one plan, and one set of numbers from which to plan. After the last 18 months, it is time to really take a look at every facet of the Second Harvest operation. Time to review our goals, visions and hopes.

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Second Harvest Awards

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The work has not let up this year and much of the effort even goes unseen. But there are always a few bright stars to celebrate while on the journey. These efforts have been recognized, and Second Harvest staff received the following nominations: Samantha Flores, Director of Program and Partner Services was honored with the Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 Under Forty Award. This award spotlights the best and the brightest of Northeast Ohio’s professionals who have yet to reach their 40th birthday. Sam and the 39 other nominees were honored for making a difference in a wide range of industries who are leaders in their fields. Sam is instrumental in creating new programs and ways to reach those community members who need our services. Congratulations to Samantha Flores!

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Harvest for Hunger

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Local families in need are looking to us to help them put food on the table. You can help! Run a Harvest for Hunger Campaign. It can be easier than ever with our online options. Consider hosting a Virtual Fundraising Drive or Virtual Food Drive. Giving through our Virtual portal allows you to maximize the power of your donation, and Second Harvest can source the most-needed items for people. You’ll see how our scale and purchasing power can help buy more of the basics that people are seeking. The good news is we will tailor a Virtual Fundraising or Virtual Food Drive to your campaign. You can always run a traditional campaign … do a fitness challenge, chili cook-off, or competition. Check out our website for more ideas for traditional and virtual campaigns.

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Cooking Classes

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Who else loves fall-time squash? Do you know how to cook it? Polly Leland, SNAP Outreach and Nutrition Coordinator for Second Harvest, conducted a free class at the Main Branch of the Lorain Public Library in October. There were eight people registered for the three-part class. Polly prepared four squash varieties for tasting. She demonstrated how to cook butternut squash and apple cider salad, and class members got to practice their own cooking skills with help from Polly, who is a holistic nutritionist. This family-friendly event was FREE and the first in a series of three hands-on programs for the community.

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A Note from Julie

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In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety. - Abraham Maslow 

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