Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio

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About Second Harvest

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.

Second Harvest Food Bank is an agency of Feeding Americasecond harvest is a better business bureau accredited charity4 Star 88x31

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Upcoming Events

Food Safety Training 5/14/2014
May 14, 2014 9:00 AM
Farmer's Market Meeting 5/20/2014
May 20, 2014 10:00 AM
Farmer's Market Meeting 5/21/2014
May 21, 2014 3:00 PM

Recent News

  • Second Harvest Food Bank's Annual Fundraiser Begins
    05 March 2014
  • Wal-Mart donates $75,000 to Second Harvest
    21 February 2014
  • Local food banks will have to shoulder food stamp cuts
    05 February 2014
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