In the July news report from Feeding America, Anna Henderson said “Moving and storing produce is a costly challenge for food banks. Often food pantries and meal program sites do not have the refrigerated storage capacity to keep produce fresh as it waits to be distributed to the to the people it serves.”
Second Harvest Foodbank of North Central Ohio is meeting that challenge supported by Rotary. In September, the Second Harvest Food Bank received a refrigerated truck purchased in part through a $36,000 donation by 16 area Rotary clubs.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio serves the counties
of Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain. Rotary clubs support the organizations who receive food from Second Harvest, their “partner charities”. When Juliana Chase-Morefield, Executive Director, explained the need for a refrigerated truck which would allow delivery of fresh produce throughout the four counties, Rotary Clubs stepped up to help. This was an opportunity to provide more sustainable support to the communities these Rotary Clubs serve.
The new truck recognizes the generous support of Rotary Clubs of Amherst, Bellvue, Elyria, Elyria Sunrise, Huron, Interact, Lorain, Milan, North Coast, Norwalk, Oberlin, Sandusky, Vermilion, Willard and the Rotary E-Club.
The truck will provide fresh produce to 400 families with each delivery.