Planned Giving: Create a Legacy for a Bright Future

It sounds simple, but each day Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio is committed to making this a reality for our neighbors in need. We work with over 150 partner charities to help families put healthy meals on the table and provide a sense of hope.

A planned gift is one made to a non-profit organization that provides long term support and assists organizations in building a sustainable future. Whether made during your lifetime or after, a planned gift is an opportunity to support an organization whose mission is important to you and your family. Your planned gift helps Second Harvest continue to provide food assistance and advocate for our community.

How to Make a Planned Gift?

A benefit of planned giving is that it allows for flexibility in your financial planning. Your gift can be customized to you and your family.

Options include:

Bequests (Print/Download PDF)
Estate plan or living trusts
IRA, 401K or other qualified retirement plans
Life insurance policies
Many more options


We have a NEW estate planning tool, courtesy of FreeWill to help you get started on your estate plan for free.


When considering a planned gift, we recommend that you consult your attorney or financial planner. Our External Affairs staff can assist to help find the right gift that reflects your values and your desire to create a lasting legacy of hope, dignity and security for those depending on us.

Already made a gift to Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio in your will or trust? Fill out this form so we can keep our records up to date and thank you for your generosity. 

Honor Someone Special

Honor a wonderful person, celebrate a special occasion, or memorialize a loved one. We'll turn your generosity into meals for those in need. Your contribution is critical to creating a healthy, hunger-free community and will be an unforgettable gift in the name of someone special in your life.

Contact Becky Bardsley for more information.

Other Ways to Give

Donate Monthly

Join the Giving Circle!
Pledging to make a recurring monthly gift is easy and guarantees that your generosity is felt year-round.


Donate Stock

A creative and easy way to support Second Harvest is donating appreciated stock, mutual fund shares, and other securities while potentially receiving tax benefits. 


Workplace Giving

To make donating as convenient as possible for employers and employees, you can participate in a variety of workplace giving programs.


Donate Food

Donating food can be a very effective and cost-efficient solution to inventory surpluses, space and storage limitations, and waste disposal costs.