OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
The safety precautions rightly enacted to curtail spreading the Coronavirus create special needs for the hungry, including food insecure children who are unable to attend school. Second Harvest Food Bank has enacted a plan to continue and expand our services as the needs and demand for food goes up.
STUDENT MEAL PLANS
- We are working closely with each school district to determine the number of students who need meal boxes and how to distribute those meal boxes. We expect to provide school age children in up to 10,000 households with a daily breakfast and lunch meal.
UPDATES TO SERVICE
We don’t yet know how things will develop, but for now, to ensure the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff, we have changed how we are distributing food in Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties.
DRIVE-THRU PANTRY AVAILABLE
- We have established a drive through distribution process at the Second Harvest Food Bank Pantry on Columbia St. We will announce the distribution dates on Facebook.
MOBILE PANTRY UPDATES
- We will change the distribution of food at our mobile pantries based on the activity level of the site. Staff will deliver pre-made boxes to client’s cars or staff will regulate the lines to serve 5-10 households at a time. We will only take names and head counts.
SENIOR FOOD DELIVERIES
- We will give seniors additional food in their monthly delivery of boxed food. The monthly delivery service will continue.
OUR DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS
- We asked our soup kitchen and hot meal site distribution partners to provide their clients with boxed meals to take and eat in their own homes.
- We asked our pantry distribution partners to provide clients with pre-boxed food and to remain open if it is safe to do so.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- Many more volunteers are needed to help pack and distribute food. Volunteer opportunities and distribution are listed on the websites of United Way of Clark, Champaign, and Logan County. Information is also available through the United Way 211 programs Students age 16 and older can volunteer.
Please consider a financial donation. It is possible that Second Harvest and its distribution partners will face increased demand as people lose income. Many of our clients have limited resources to withstand an extended crisis. We care about serving every person, family, and household that needs help.
Donations can be made online at:
Or mailed to:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties
31 North Sycamore St.
Springfield, OH 45503
If you have questions please contact Tyra Jackson at 937-325-8715 ext. 112.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING THE SOUTH LIMESTONE KROGER CLOSURE
The pending closure of Springfield’s S. Limestone Kroger store has highlighted the problems related to food insecurity and the creation of food deserts in our community. Unfortunately, food insecurity and food deserts are by no means a new obstacle that we are facing. In March and May of 2019, grocery stores closed in St. Paris and Springfield in areas where there are little resources.
For almost 40 years in Champaign, Clark, and Logan counties, Second Harvest Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger and providing access to healthy food choices to those in need, when and where they need it. We annually serve over 37,000 individuals who are uncertain as to where their next meal will come. Food banks are uniquely positioned to help communities reduce food insecurity and we are doing just that. We have the infrastructure to collect, warehouse, and distribute healthy food to more than 65 distribution partners in our communities, including food pantries, churches and other smaller front line agencies.
The Second Harvest Food Bank mobile pantry directly serves clients in high need neighborhoods in an effort to supplement other hunger-relief agencies in that area. In light of the recent Kroger closing, strategic additions to the scheduled stops are being planned. The mobile pantry calendar can be found here.
Our driving belief is that our communities thrive when hunger is minimized. Families are able to meet their monthly financial needs, students are able to focus and learn while at school, health is increased, and overall stress is reduced.
Second Harvest Food Bank is here and will continue to lead the charge against food insecurity in our service area. As a food bank we are uniquely positioned to do more with funds that are given. Every dollar that is donated turns into at least 5 dollars worth of food. We are developing new programming to shorten the lines and reduce hunger in our communities. We applaud the community for coming together in finding immediate solutions to the closure of the S. Limestone Kroger store and invite the community (individuals, corporations, social service agencies, government, churches, educational institutions, etc.) to join us and support us in developing long term solutions to the food insecurity problem in our Tri-county area.
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