BLOG: Your local food bank needs help

Tom Jackson
Dec 20, 2010


Connie Schultz had a column in the Plain Dealer Sunday about the dire straits faced by local food banks who are struggling to supply food to the many people who still don't have decent jobs.

"In this season of giving, there are more Americans going hungry than in any time in recent  history. If  you're not worried about putting food on your table, please ask your friends and loved ones to skip your present and, instead, give the gift of a meal in your name," she wrote.

"No matter where you live in this country, there is a good pantry near you. To find one, go online or call a library or house of worship in your neighborhood."

The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio supplies food to the food pantries in Erie County (and also in Huron, Crawford and Lorain counties), so I phoned the group's director, Julie Chase-Morefield, to ask if her group needs help, too.

Chase-Morefield told me the local Second Harvest relies largely on individual donations. About the same number of people are making donations, but many have had to cut back on how much they can give, she said.

"Maybe it was $25, but now it's $10," she said.

My wife and I have made a small donation to Second Harvest. Will you help, too? And if you have a blog or a Twitter account, or a Facebook account, will you add your voice to ours?

A couple more points: A few days ago, I interviewed Bill Smith at Great Lakes Retirement in Perkins Township, and he said that now is the time to maximize charitable donations as 2010 comes to an end. If you make a donation, do it quickly and save a receipt for your records so that you can take it off your income taxes.

The Web site for Second Harvest of North Central Ohio notes that it's a 501(c)3 nonprofit under the IRS code.

And if you make a donation, celebrate by downloading a free audiobook of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" here.

Connie's column quoted from messages written down on paper plates by people getting meals at Cleveland Foodbank.

The paper plate program is statewide, and local food pantries participate, too. Here are messages on paper plates collected by Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, written by your neighbors:

“Our family is so thankful for this program because it has helped us in our time of need.  It has been helpful because we didn’t have any extra money to get groceries this week.  We don’t know what we would have done without the help of the food pantry in this time of need.  We are so grateful.”
“What this program means to me is food for me and my family, without it we would go hungry.”
“It means the world to me to get food when we need it.  Praise God for you.”
“When you are down and out, it is a comfort to come to.  Thank you. God Bless.”
“No more hunger pains, and I am blessed by the Lord himself.  God Bless All. Thank You.”
“This is a good program because it helps us out with food.  It helps because the food stamps only go so far and there’s no money to buy [food].”
“Helps feed my baby each month.”
“With the help of programs like this my family has food.”
“We are doing the best we can with what we have.  Our funds are just not enough to cover everything we need when all the costs keep raising on everything and hours are getting cut and raises aren’t being given.”
“Well the choices we have had to make is do without.  Food means life.  Without the food pantry we would just have to do without.”








Dear Tom,
Thank you for covering this crucial story of HUNGER that faces us in the city of Sandusky, Erie County and throughout our area.  The stress to feed the hungry in our community have increased beyond normal contributions of the past. I have visited the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio to see the demands placed on this non-profit organization. Our community and Second Harvest are strained to even come close in meeting the demand, and we need to lead a charge to step up to help our fellow Brothers and Sisters in need.

In attacking this famine in our area I am working with Julie Chase-Morefield at the Second Harvest, community leaders Rev. Kimberly Ashby (First Presbyterian Church/Care and Share), John Hamilton (Sandusky City Council), John Lippus and Gene Hawk (Sandusky Main Street Association), Anna Oertel (Sandusky\Erie County Community Foundation), Thomas Kazmierczak III (Sandusky State Theatre) and others to coordinate a "Fight Hunger Sandusky\ Erie County" fundraiser that will include a Walk-A-Thon, Cycle-A-Thon and unifying community Concert performed by Glass Harp featuring Phil Keaggy on Saturday, April 30, 2011. We will need corporate sponsors, volunteers, walkers, riders and especially individual sponsors for those participating in the event. There will even be a way to bring a veteran from the Ohio Veterans Home for qualified walkers/cyclists/donaters.

Any support that the Sandusky Register can lend to get the community behind this mission will add success to entire project. Please reach out to me or Julie should anyone have any questions. As a community together we will make the difference !!!

Happy Holidays,!/event.php
Patrick McLaughlin (Irish365 - Sandusky, OH)


Not to be mean spirited or anything, but did Connie Schultz or her husband Sherrod Brown ever make public on their ,if any, donations to the Food Bank?

brutus smith

 What does it matter to you. Take care of your "own house".

brutus smith

At least with a food bank some greedy Repub doesn't have his hands on money. 

brutus smith

Muslims celebrate Eid, donate meat to needy

Lailah Ibawi, left, Nazife Amrou, and Jamala Hassan join hundreds of Muslims in prayer during the Eid al-Adha holiday service at the Masjid Saad in Sylvania. 

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Toledo Muslims are donating more than 1,500 pounds of meat slaughtered for an Islamic holiday to the area's poor and needy


So, what did you donate goofyuss other than insulting comments?


Fresh roadkill, but no pork chops.


Decent jobs, there is the obligatory jab at Wal-Mart coming from a bleeding heart liberal.

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