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

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Be there when people need you. It’s one of the guiding principles of our work and it’s never more important than during a time of uncertainty. We continue to monitor the partial U.S. government shutdown and its effects locally. Connecting those affected to food and resources in North Central Ohio is critically important. Our network of over 100 Partner Charities stands ready to assist anyone during this time of uncertainty. We are here to help.

Not only do we have a strong supply of food, we have a new addition to our fleet, which will allow us to deliver more food at each delivery. Our new 48' refrigerated trailer and tractor is on the road and already helping us increase the amount of food and grocery products and help meet the needs of our community.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for February were initially at risk of not being issued. USDA found an administrative loophole allowing it to issue February benefits early. Ohio SNAP recipients received their full February benefits before January 20 and will not receive additional benefits for the entire month of February. If the shutdown continues, it is unknown whether March SNAP benefits will be issued. An estimated 1.4 million Ohioans rely on SNAP to feed their families

Help us spread the word that anyone in need of food assistance can visit our Find Help Directory to find a food pantry near. Local food pantry distribution information is also being made available on social media: FACEBOOK  TWITTER 

For anyone with question on SNAP benefits please contact the local Job & Family Services office by calling 1-866-886-3537 (choose option 6, then option 2). Help is also available in Spanish.

 

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New Addition To Our Fleet

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Second Harvest added a new large-capacity truck to its fleet and delivered approximately 11,270 pounds of food to Beyond The Walls Church in Elyria in time for their scheduled Food Pantry and Hot Meal Program Friday, January 11, 2019. Julie Chase-Morefield, President & CEO of Second Harvest was present for this first large delivery and was pleased at how smoothly and quickly so much food was handled.

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Host a Harvest for Hunger Drive for 2019

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The official Harvest for Hunger season will kick off on March 3, 2019 so we are in need of businesses, organizations, churches, clubs, troops and groups of all kind to run campaigns this year. As a group, you can raise funds and foods for a great cause and at the same time have fun doing it.

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Fighting Hunger in Style

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Just in! NOW through Friday, January 25th you can pre-order three EXCLUSIVE limited-release Cleveland Clothing Co. designs to support our 2019 Harvest for Hunger campaign.  Proceeds from each item purchased will provide a minimum of 30 meals to families, children, & seniors struggling with hunger in our region.

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Julie's Notes

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As we end 2018, it’s natural for us to think about what we’ve accomplished and how the activity of the holiday season reveals to us the reasons we are all a part of the Second Harvest mission. The holidays bring family and friends gathered together. Whether it’s around the dinner table to celebrate food and each other, an office party with colleagues or a restaurant with friends - we come together. But, it may also be families, children and seniors who struggled to put food on the table this year. They gathered at a table at a hot meal program at a shelter of church or at their own table with food brought home from a food pantry. Second Harvest is the bridge linking all of those dinner tables. So the reason? Because together we bring health, hope and dignity to us and to our neighbors.

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