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

Julie's Notes

In 2017, Second Harvest marks 35 years of service to the community but during 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 Food Box Programs and Farmer’s Markets.

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National Older Adult Month

Each year Second Harvest works to find ways to distribute food to the growing segment of Older Adults who are food insecure in our region. We are now distributing nearly 725 Senior Boxes per month compared to the 284 per month that we served at the beginning of this program three years ago. In our region, nearly 15% (10,300 people) of those we serve are seniors and the numbers keep rising.
A recent study highlights some interesting trends.

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Walmart is Leading the Charge...Again!

Walmart will continue running the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. promotion through the middle of this month. They are hoping to give out $1.5 million nationwide to end hunger.
There are four main ways you can participate in the campaign when you visit any Walmart:

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Get your NOSE ON

Yes! Red Nose Day is coming! It will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in conjunction with the third annual "Red Nose Day Special" from broadcast partner NBC. Americans across the country will come together, wear their Red Noses and raise money and awareness to help children living in poverty. Second Harvest will benefit from your support.

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Growing Hope

35 Years Large

April is the beginning of a new season and this year we’re excited about celebrating 35 Years of Growing Hope!  Our recent Annual Report highlights the opening of the Nordson Food Distribution Center - the culmination of our last strategic plan and a major milestone for our organization.  Complete lists of our hunger-relief partner charities, fund donors, food donors, volunteers and audited financial statements are available for review online.  

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