100 Guys Help Feed Hungry Through Second Harvest Food Bank

SHFB_logoSecond Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio was the third charity selected by 100 Guys of Lorain County to receive donations from their April 9, 2015. Checks totaling $6,800 in donations have been given to the organization which will provide 34,000 meals.

According to their website, 70 of the 106 Partner Charities Second Harvest Food Bank works with are in Lorain County. Partner charities helping to feed those who are hungry in our community can range widely in size. They can include soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and nonprofit organizations that serve meals or distribute food packages as a supplemental programs. Specialized programs addressing the needs of children, the elderly, and connecting people to other services are also listed.

Begun as a temporary hunger relief program in 1982 for Lorain County residents, today it also serves the counties of Crawford, Erie, and Huron. In its 32 years, according to the most recent annual report, it has distributed 94 million pounds of food and grocery items, the equivalent of 78 million meals. With their system, for every $1 donated, 5 fresh, healthy and nutritious meals can be provided to hungry children and adults.

Donations Delivered Just Before New Nordson Food Distribution Center Opens
100 Guys checks presented at Second Harvest Food Bank

Pictured: Jim Leone and Jim Walborn (left) present the checks to Second Harvest Food Bank’s Executive Director, Juliana Chase-Morefield (right), and External Manager, Susan Bartosch (center) at the new Nordson Food Distribution Center.Second Harvest board member Brian Sooy (center right) nominated the charity at the 100 Guys meeting on April 9, 2015.

Trying to keep up with the growing number of people who need assistance in getting enough to eat has been a challenge.  Part of the problems stemmed from a storage and distribution center that was too small to properly handle donations, especially with the seasonality of some foods and when farmers have an unexpectedly large harvest.

That will all change when the new 40,000 square foot Nordson Food Distribution Center located in Lorain opens sometime in June, tripling their capacity. Located about 1.5 miles north of their present facility, their website states it includes “5,800 square feet of refrigeration space, an expanded repack area for large volunteer projects, increased dock space to accommodate large incoming shipments, and community meeting space.”

The grand opening will be on Friday, July 17, 2015.