More Capacity. More Impact. Less Hunger.
Over the past 10 years, Second Harvest has tripled distribution of food and grocery products to our network of partner charities. Many children, senior citizens, veterans, and families living on fixed incomes are trying to make ends meet in an economy that is struggling to recover.
Operations began June 1, 2015, from the Nordson Food Distribution Center, situated on over 5 acres of land on Baumhart Road in Lorain. We have tripled our capacity and increased our ability to provide healthy and nutritious food to our neighbors in need. Our new facility features:
- Nearly 6,000 square feet of refrigeration space with 7x the capacity.
- Increased dry storage space by 60%.
- Volunteer Work Center for expanded projects, with a separate “clean room” for bulk sorting and packaging of backpacks, senior food boxes and mobile food pantry boxes.
- Four times the dock space to accommodate greatly expanded shipping & receiving
- Separate area for mulltiple partner charity pick-ups.
- Multiple meeting rooms for small and large meetings with audio-visual capabilites.
We have done much good for those who struggle with hunger, but in the past – because of our severely limited capacity – we were not able to keep up with demand. Now, we will be able to provide eggs all year-long, not just from November until June. Now, we can accept full shipments of oranges in January when local fruit is unavailable. Now, we don’t have to turn away donations from local farmers who have unexpected surplus at the end of their growing season. Now, we can fulfill more orders for schools that have children who can benefit from the kids BackPack program. Now, we can offer more high protein foods like yogurt, deli items and poultry. With triple the capacity, the possibilities are endless!