As you are aware, Governor DeWine declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Second Harvest is actively monitoring this situation and will do our best to answer your questions and provide guidance. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monitoring communications from local health departments, and talking with food banks around the state to establish best practices.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted life around the planet and the only certainty is the landscape for the world and Ohio is changing daily. Our team has a contingency plan and is approaching this newest challenge with hope and steadfast resolve. But we need your support.
We are working with our partner charities that distribute food through hot meal programs, pantries and shelters as well as our own direct distributions through school pantries, to ensure that we will be able to safely and effectively reach those who need help. We are preparing to handle the increased need that we will see over the next few weeks with schools closed, people, more than ever, will need food. It will be crucial for us to step up to help children and their families receive the food they need…
VOLUNTEERS With the Governor's Stay-At-Home Order in effect, all Volunteer Events at Second Harvest have been cancelled from Monday 3/23/20-Monday 4/6/20. Volunteer Events include repack as well as school and mobile pantries. The safety of the volunteers, staff, and the community is important to us. We will continue to operate with staff and the National Guard to ensure food is being packed and distributed out to families during this time of need.
We will re-evaluate on April 6th and send out an e-mail with more updates. Thank you for supporting Second Harvest. We appreciate your understanding.
SAFETY FIRST Please follow the guidance of public health officials:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with clean towel or airdry.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Also, clean high-touch areas – counters, tables, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, nightstands – every day using household cleaning spray or wipes according to label directions.
While this situation is new and changing by the day, our role as a responder is not. Second Harvest is the region’s local responder for emergency food and water in periods of crisis, as well as for families who struggle daily to meet their food needs. Regardless of the challenge, we remain diligent, ready to move. Our mission is to create pathways to nutritious food - under all circumstances! Stay informed: Ohio Department of Health
Second Harvest's Mobile Pantry Distributions: Mobile Food Pantry Distribtuion Schedule
Partner Charity Directory: Find local Pantries and Soup Kitchens in your community
Local school meal programs in response to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic: