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

Save the Date!

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Generous Helpings is right around the corner! Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 29th from 5-8PM. Join us for an evening of great food and fun as we celebrate our favorite and most delicious event at the Nordson Food Distribution Center. The event will feature tastings of local restaurants’ signature dishes, wine and ale parings, live music by the ever-popular Swamp Boogie Band and raffles and silent auctions – all set in our beautiful new facility. We are expecting a fun crowd and a large number of tasters this year, so hurry and purchase your tickets here! We have opportunities for sponsorship as Hunger Heroes as well! Promote your business or organization while raising funds and awareness for those struggling with hunger. Sponsors will receive placement on event advertisements and an opportunity to be seen by thousands of people from across the region. There are a number of sponsorship levels available, visit our website for more information.

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Julie's Notes

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During National Older Americans Month, we focus on sharing the stories of those who go unnoticed, seniors struggle with hunger and may lack adequate nutrition. Just as it is necessary for young children to receive proper nutrition, it is also imperative for their grandparents to eat enough healthy foods to remain strong and healthy. Each month we pack and distribute 1,400 food-filled box through Senior Food Box Program in our region. With the help of a generous local donor we are able to provide seniors with healthy produce like zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes and tomatoes along with the box.

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Child Hunger Summit

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For nearly a year, we, at Second Harvest have turned our focus to the pressing issue of child hunger. Out of the 9.5 million pounds of food that we distributed last year, nearly 38% of that food went to feed children. Many of our partners and friends have put on the Hunger Hero cape to help with this goal. We entered into a pilot program with three school systems to put on five Mobile School Pantries each month. So far, we have been able to serve 17,843 families since September. Approximately 40,864 children received food through this program.

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OLDER AMERICANS MONTH 2019: CONNECT, CREATE, CONTRIBUTE

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Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around our community. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.

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Our Volunteers Make a Difference

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Second Harvest honored the volunteers from this past year at the annual appreciation event held at the Vermilion Boat Club on May 2, 2019. Many Volunteers were on hand to enjoy a special evening of food, fun and appreciation.

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