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

Julie's Notes

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Schools are out for summer break and top of mind for us at Second Harvest is child hunger. During summer, children who are at-risk for hunger can prove costly in too many ways to ignore. The immediate impact for children from low income families can include cognitive decline, summer weight gain and learning loss. Long term problems can include susceptibility to chronic disease and compounded learning problems affecting graduation rates.

The Summer Food Service Program is a large part of how we partner to help children get healthy, nutritious snacks and meals throughout the summer months. The Summer Food Service Program ensures low-income children continue to receive

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Summer Food Service Program

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Hunger hits especially hard when kids are out of school for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. With the help of numerous sponsoring agencies and stakeholders, the Summer Food Service Program works to feed thousands of children in Ohio. Since 2014, Ohio has increased participation in the program by 10 percent.

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Cash Explosion Show Helps the Hungry

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The Ohio Lottery’s Cash Explosion Show delivered more than five tons of non-perishable food collected during the show’s Facing Hunger Campaign to Second Harvest Food Bank on June 1. Members of the Cash Explosion staff delivered the food which will be enough to provide 8,183 meals.The donations were made by Cash Explosion fans who attend the show tapings over the course of the campaign which runs from November to May. This year’s campaign generated a record of just over 10,000 pounds of food. Since its kick off in 2011, the Facing Hunger Campaign has donated 21 tons of food to food banks across Ohio.

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Save The Date!

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Generous Helpings is right around the corner! Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 30th 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!

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Julie's Notes

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During the month of May, we celebrate Older American’s Month. In the United States, 1 in 12 seniors struggle with hunger and don’t have the nutrition they need to stay in good health. Just as it’s necessary for young children to receive proper nutrition, it’s also imperative seniors eat enough healthy foods to remain strong and healthy. In our region, over 10,000 seniors struggle with hunger and receive help through our network of food pantries, hot meal programs, Senior Box Program and Farmer’s Markets. We are always looking for opportunities to reach more seniors in need.

The 2018 Map the Meal Gap numbers have been released and we see steady numbers for our region. The most telling numbers are those in all categories that show the percentage of food insecure people who are not eligible for help other than through food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. These people fall in the 130%-200% of the poverty guidelines and are just under half of those who are food insecure in our region. To access the data and interactive map, click here. With future cuts to SNAP and Farm bill changes in the greater conversation, we could be facing a major surge in those having nowhere else to turn but to our network of partner charities. We urge everyone to follow the conversation and urge our lawmakers to preserve those safety nets that are in place.

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