About Us

Second Harvest is the regional nonprofit committed to fighting hunger. Working together with a vast network to acquire, gather, and distribute nutritious food, Second Harvest helps feed tens of thousands of people throughout Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain counties. For every $1 donated we can provide 5 meals to those at risk for hunger.

Connecting Our Community to Healthy Food

We connect people at risk for hunger to fresh, healthy, and nutritious foods. We work with local farms and retailers to provide fresh produce and meats to our Farmer's Markets, mobile pantries, and network of over 100 local partner charities.

Working Together to Help Our Neighbors in Need

We use your donations to help us acquire, gather, and distribute nutritious food to our network of over 100 partner charities to help feed tens of thousands of people across four counties. For every $1 donated, we can provide 5 meals to families at risk for hunger.

Fighting Hunger Where We Find It

We realize hunger is not a choice, and that hunger affects every community in the four counties we serve, so we're on the road fighting hunger wherever we find it. By supporting over 100 partner charities, sponsoring mobile pantries and farmer's markets, and giving food–filled backpacks to hungry children at schools, we're doing more to reach those who need a nutritious meal.

Second Harvest was established as a temporary hunger relief program in February 1982 in Vermilion.  During the first few years of existence, the Second Harvest served Lorain County and distributed surplus commodities from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Second Harvest became an affiliate of Feeding America, formerly America's Second Harvest in 1985. At the same time the organization was successful in gaining funding as an agency of the United Way of Greater Lorain County.

In 1986 Second Harvest was granted exempt status as a charity under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code and expanded to a regional service area including both Huron and Erie counties.

By 1990 Second Harvest had outgrown its location and relocated to the City of Amherst. As the need within the community continued to rise, Second Harvest made a commitment to begin an aggressive campaign to gather and distribute food and other resources.

In order to more accurately reflect the service to the community the name of County Cupboard was officially changed to Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio in 1995. Two years later Second Harvest's service area was expanded to include Crawford County, bringing the total number of counties served to four.

Second Harvest continued to see tremendous growth in food donations but also in the need within the region. A capital campaign was implemented to purchase land and construct a facility to meet additional warehouse and refrigerated storage space.

With the successful completion of the capital campaign the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio relocated to the Deer Trail Lane facility located in Lorain.