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

Julie's Notes

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As we close out the end of the calendar year, Second Harvest’s board and staff look forward to the coming year and fresh perspective it heralds. This fall we began the process of reviewing our Mission and Vision statements. With our new strategic focus we wanted our mission and vision to better reflect our expanding efforts to help all of those who need help with food in our region.

New Mission: Grow hope in our region by creating pathways to nutritious food.

New Vision: A brighter future for all by cultivating a healthy, hunger-free community.

The shift is significant. We are committing to a vision of a hunger-free community and actively pursuing new pathways to accomplish this goal including moving into new distribution methods. Moreover, we remain dedicated to our focus of distribution food and grocery products but see great value in pursuing new partnerships, particularly in non-traditional areas, to create significant and lasting change for the community as a whole.

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Many Ways to Help

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There is a flurry of activity for everyone at this time of the year and Holiday Cheer is in the forefront of our activity here at Second Harvest. For 34 years, Burger King, Gold Country” WOBL 1320AM, and “Kool Kat” Oldies WDLW 1380AM come together for the Holiday Cheer campaign.

Now through Christmas Eve, make a donation at any of the participating local Burger King restaurants and receive a complimentary coupon toward a purchase at Burger King. You can also donate online anytime to Holiday Cheer here. Donate online during the weekend of December 15-17 and you can double your impact! Bettcher Industries and Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista will match every dollar donated up to $5,000.Help us make the holidays a little brighter for our neighbors!

A special THANK YOU to WEOL, Tim Alcorn and Chris Zeitler from Jamie’s Carpets. They completed their Touchdown to Tackle Hunger Campaign. Every Friday night during the local high school football season, Jamie’s Carpets donated $10 to Second Harvest. This month, they made a check presentation to Second Harvest for $1,020. That will provide 5,100 meals for local families.

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Kristin's Story

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Kristin had been working as a human resources tech for almost eight years at a small manufacturing company, until the merger. “Last summer, the supervisors told us that growth will ultimately happen but we will be reducing our work force initially as the two companies merge,” Kristin shared. “After two weeks, I was out of a job. Just like that!”

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Super-Hero Volunteers

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As the holiday season continues, we are so incredibly amazed and inspired by some of the people who volunteer at Second Harvest. They are the backbone of our organization, truly Super Heroes! We could not fulfill our mission without these wonderful people. To show our appreciation for their zeal and dedication to their work, we thought you’d like to meet them, too. Meet Dwayne Marshall and Shirley Nain.

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Note from Julie

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With the holiday season almost here, our work to bring nutritious food to our community is top-of-mind and we feel fortunate to be the recipient of so many generous donations, food drives, and volunteer outings. We are able to do more during this special time of year for our neighbors in need because of your commitment.

It’s also a good time to share with you all we have in store. Our second annual Elected Officials Volunteer Day will be on the Friday before Thanksgiving. Federal, state and local officials will get a chance to assemble Senior Food Boxes at Second Harvest to go out to 725 low-income seniors. Packing boxes and engaging the conversation will go a long way in helping our officials understand senior hunger. Our 110 partner charities, who distribute millions of pounds of food, are gearing up for the two busiest months of their year. Be sure to read about one of them, Helping Hands Ministry Food Pantry in Castalia, where Makala Weaver and her group of volunteers work hard so families can count on them when in need.

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