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

Walmart to Help Fight Hunger

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Walmart and Feeding America have teamed up for a nationwide campaign this spring that runs from April 17 through May 15. Fight Hunger. Spark Change. gives Walmart customers simple ways to make a real contribution to Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Volunteers Make a Difference

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This is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round. The late President George H. W. Bush designated April as the national month to celebrate and honor volunteers as part of the 1000 Points of Light campaign in 1991. As a result, each year at this time, we try to take some time to focus on the gift of our volunteer corps and shine a light on all they do, in joy, happiness and gratitude.

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Julie's Notes

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As we move through this unpredictable winter in Ohio, our excitement is building for Harvest for Hunger season! Our largest fundraising initiative of the year, the Harvest for Hunger campaign officially kicks off on Tuesday, March 5 from 4PM – 6PM at our Happy Hour event at Second Harvest led by our 2019 Honorary Harvest for Hunger Chair, Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President of Lorain County Community College. Be part of the most successful food and funds drive in the nation – Click Here – and help us meet our goal to raise 1.25 Million Meals for families in need in our region.

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Harvest for Hunger Honorary Chair

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Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio’s (Second Harvest) is proud to announce Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President of Lorain County Community College, as the Honorary Chairperson for the 2019 Harvest for Hunger campaign which will kick-off on March 5 and run through the month of April.

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Solving Senior Hunger

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Laura Tanner is from South Lorain and first learned that she and her husband might be eligible to get fresh produce at a local distribution from her neighbor who offered her some carrots and blueberries. They soon attended the food distribution at Mother Cabrini’s, themselves and got more than they bargained for. Not only were they able to receive fresh, healthy produce, they were able to get to know so many helpful and caring people along the way.

Laura is 80 years old and is partially blind. When she was 73, she was in her 23rd year of working for a local banquet facility when she contracted a rare eye disorder that left her with permanent eye damage forcing her to retire. She and her husband found themselves needing to cut corners and live as simply as possible. When she went to her first mobile produce pantry at Mother Cabrini’s four years ago, she was amazed and grateful for the bounty of fresh produce that they could get and insists on respecting the opportunity. “I only take what we can use,” Laura insists. “Never any more. It is such a gift.”

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