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

Julie's Notes

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It’s August and we’re all trying to capture a little more summer fun but thoughts naturally turn towards the start of a new school year.  Always in our minds is the staggering number of children who are food insecure with children making up 38% of those served at local pantries.  This school year we’re rolling out our new Child Hunger Initiative with the support of the Nordson Corporation Foundation, Target, Stocker Foundation, 100 Women Who Care of Lorain County, Red Nose Day and Ross Foundation. 

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We are looking for Hunger Heroes

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We need you to be the super heroes we know you can be to help us stop childhood hunger in its tracks! This year we are rallying around the cause of child hunger and rather than just an event, it is a season. In our area one in five children struggle with hunger. That is about 17,000 kids. We believe we have a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds to really make a difference. But we need your help.

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Executive Chef at Generous Helpings

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A crowd favorite at Generous Helpings will be back with us again this year. John Selick, 3-time winner (Critic’s Choice and People’s Choice) over these past few years will once again be under the spotlight to help raise funds to end hunger in our region.  John is the Senior Culinary Manager at Sodexo Healthcare Services for University Hospitals and oversees all food services programs at University Hospital.

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Partner Charity Spotlight

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A bright and sunny afternoon in late July brought so many residents and neighbors in need from the community of Wellington out to the first-ever Mobile Produce Pantry at Wellington’s St. Patrick Catholic Church. There were 199 families served that day. Each family went home with 35-50 pounds of fresh produce.

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Julie's Notes

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At Second Harvest, July is the start of our new fiscal year. It’s a fresh start for us (minus the cold weather). We are welcoming two new Board members and a new slate of officers. Our executive committee is lead by our Board Chair, Gayle Reeves; Ron Cocco as Vice Chair; Tom LaMotte as Secretary and Joe Flinner as Treasurer. New to our board of directors are Blanca Chavez with El Centro de Servicios Sociales and Mark Chase with Janotta & Herner.

With the beginning of a new year comes the close of the last one and we want to extend a heart-felt thank you to Paul Adair who served as Board Chair for the past two years. His leadership encouraged us to dream big and reach far as he led us through our Growing Hope strategic planning sessions.

With July also comes

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