The hashtag is summation of our work these past few weeks and of all those who are on the front lines with us. Our goal each day is to do all we can to be here for our community when it needs us.
By The Numbers:
March was the single largest distribution month in our history with 1.1M LBS of food moving through the Nordson Food Distribution Center, a 67% increase over March 2019. In March there were almost 65,000 service events at food pantries. Bear in mind, large-scale distributions didn’t ramp up until mid-month.
Disaster Food Distribution:
Yesterday, USDA officially approved Ohio’s COVID-19 Disaster Food Distribution Program. Thank you to Senator Portman, Senator Brown, Congresswoman Kaptur and the bi-partisan Ohio delegation for their leadership on this issue. USDA’s approval will allow us to distribute more food across our region by removing administrative burdens which will in turn make it easier to maintain social distancing protocols keeping us at Second Harvest, our food pantries and those we serve safe.
Also announced yesterday was additional emergency SNAP benefits for families for March and April to be released this week. If you or someone you know is laid-off due to the pandemic you can apply online for SNAP at benefits.ohio.gov or by calling 1-844-640-6446
Food continues to roll into our warehouse each day and goes out even faster. An ongoing challenge is replenishing the food supply (a big shout-out to our Operations & Food Resource team for working round the clock on this). We continue to purchase truckloads of food and to seek out donations for truckload quantities of food to ensure an adequate supply for all of our food programs. If you have access to caseload quantities of shelf-stable, fresh or frozen food please contact Kacy Porter at (440) 444-0697 / email
Monday found us at Sheffield/Sheffield Local Schools serving over 460 families (over 1500 individuals). Here is the schedule for the remainder of the week: on Wednesday (4/8) we return to Black River Landing from Noon until 3PM, Thursday (4/9) at General Johnnie Wilson Middle School in Lorain from 3PM until 5PM and Friday (4/10) at the Huron County Fairgrounds in Norwalk. News clips from last week: Chronicle Telegram video and News 5.
Follow the link to the Upcoming Mobile Pantry Schedule list or to find a food pantry in your area use the Find Help Directory.
The biggest need now is monetary donations to help us purchase additional semi-trucks of food items for distribution and the shipping costs. We remain humbled by the organizations, groups, companies and individuals stepping up to Donate.
To our friends at Northwest Bank for their incredible partnerships in our match weekend campaign and to everyone who donated! Another 200,000 meals will be distributed because of you.
If you have any immediate needs reach out to Kimberly Hazelgrove at (440) 444-0717 or by email.
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.
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