When we think of hunger, we tend to think of the hungry as a faceless ‘them’. It’s not here, it’s someone in another country, or the homeless person we see with a sign on the side of the road. We certainly don’t think of our neighbors, or even family, as being hungry. But, the simple fact is that hunger is not ‘them’, it’s us.
In Northwestern Ohio, nearly 123,610 people struggle with food insecurity. That’s 1 in 6 Ohioans who will struggle with hunger this winter and won’t be able to meet their basic needs.
Recently, a mother with three young boys came in to one of our partner food pantries. She was in a wheelchair, from a recent car accident she had been involved in. This was the first time she had ever been in a food pantry and did not know where to start. The volunteer working in the counseling area realized that she may need a little more time than usual to help provide assistance and explain about the many community resources she could utilize. Our goal is to provide resources to clients so that we’re not just meeting their food needs, but also helping to resolve the reason they are experiencing hunger.
The stories that our clients tell are as unique as the people who tell them, but there are themes. One of the most common is that they never thought they would be at a food bank. Most clients at a food bank are people, just like you, who have fallen on hard times; through layoffs, loss of wages, medical bills, car accidents, and other challenges, their lives have been turned upside down.
They need the compassionate support of kind friends like you to help put nutritious food back on their tables.
The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank was able to provide 763,070 meals during 2017, but there are more people still facing hunger and heartache. That’s why we're asking for your continued support throughout the holiday season. Every day, thousands of people in Northwestern Ohio eat because of the food provided by Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank and our generous donors.
Every $1 you donate provides 5 complete meals for a hungry neighbor or family!
Your generous gift will provide much needed food for senior citizens, struggling parents, single mothers working two jobs, veterans, and grandparents raising grandchildren.
Providing food is more than just giving clients enough to eat, it allows people to ensure that they don’t have to make impossible choices. The dilemmas faced by our clients are having to choose between paying for food and utilities, or between food and medical care or medicine, or even between food and their rent or mortgage.
Your donation today will help provide wholesome food for families and precious children who otherwise may go without.
Thank you for your generosity. Because of people like you, we are able to provide enough groceries for those who need our help. Plain and simple – we could not continue to work without you!
Grate - ful
Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this time of year prompts many to take a moment and reflect on what they are grateful for. The Harvest Market team here at the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank has many things to be thankful for with one of the biggest being our volunteers. Volunteers are at the heart of this program and organization as a whole. They are integral to insuring a successful market day and we couldn’t do it without them. Over the last year we have been incredibly fortunate to work alongside amazing individuals, each of whom has helped us further our mission of filling bellies, and feeding souls. Today, we are spotlighting one of our great volunteer partnerships to whom we are ever so grateful.
Volunteer spotlight: Montpelier High School (Williams County)
For the last year, students involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, and government classes have come out and volunteered at our Harvest Markets in Williams County. Activities range from setting up and tearing down the market, pulling orders off the truck, being a shopping assistant, or checking in our shoppers on our PantryTrak system.
During this time:
- Students have contributed to over 130 service hours at our markets
- With more than 30 different students volunteering
Each and every student has been such a joy to work with and phenomenal in assisting us with all aspects of our market day. So a BIG shout-out to our volunteers at Montpelier High School. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
What is the Harvest Market?
Click here to learn more about the Harvest Market.
More questions about the Harvest Market?
Contact Shelley Crossley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-242-5000 ext. 212.
Interested in how you can help?
Contact our Harvest Market Community Outreach Coordinator, Kaimyn Paszko at email@example.com or 419-242-5000 ext.221.
Join us for #GivingTuesday
Toledo Northwest Ohio Food Bank Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement Pledges to Raise $5000 to Help Families in Need
Toledo Northwest Ohio Food Bank has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
92Y − a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2016, the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.
“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our sixth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”
Those who are interested in joining Toledo Northwest Ohio Food Bank’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit this donation page.
Autumn Delight at The Harvest Market
It’s that time of year again where the leaves are changing colors, the temperature is cooling down, and flannels are the most worn item in the closet. Everyone is trying to take advantage of the precious time we still have to be outside and enjoy the fleeting sunshine. From apple picking to pumpkin carving to watching football there are so many things to be excited about. Here at the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, what gets us excited is all of the different produce that is coming into harvest and the delicious meals that will get to be made and more importantly, enjoyed, by families throughout Northwestern Ohio.
Speaking of delicious meals, on October 18th, while shopping at the Harvest Market, shoppers had the opportunity to take part in our second cooking demo and tasting. Our partners at the Ohio State University Extension Office in Fulton County volunteered their services and put together yet another amazing dish. This time it was a potato corn chowder recipe. And the best part? It can be made in a microwave in just a few minutes! This yummy and inexpensive dish was a fan favorite. Almost every shopper came back for a second helping. Furthermore, it has allowed our shoppers the chance to have a one-on-one talk with a nutrition education specialist about different ways to use some of the produce and shelf-stable items available at our Harvest Markets. It has been heartwarming to see how invested our shoppers have been in learning more about healthy alternatives and ways to incorporate some of our fruits and vegetables into their diet. In fact, several people who attended the market and demo were saying that they were going to try and make the potato corn chowder sometime this week!
Overall, it was another successful market and cooking demo. You really can’t complain when the sun is shining, a crisp breeze is filling the air, and your hands are full of groceries and a delicious treat.
-The Harvest Market Team
P.S. The potato corn chowder recipe is included below!
What is the Harvest Market?
Click here to learn more about the Harvest Market.
More questions about the Harvest Market?
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Interested in how you can help?
Contact our Harvest Market Community Outreach Coordinator at email@example.com or 419-242-5000 ext. 212.
Microwave Potato Corn Chowder
Makes: 4 servings
Total Cost: $/$$$$ (inexpensive)
Make this tasty soup in your microwave in minutes. Enjoy it with a fresh salad and a side of fruit for a light meal.
- 1/4 cup margarine (or butter)
- 1/4 cup flour (all purpose)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups milk, 1%
- 2 potatoes (peeled and diced)
- 1 can corn (16 ounce, drained)
- Melt margarine in glass bowl on HIGH for 30 to 50 seconds.
- Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth.
- Blend milk into flour-margarine mixture.
- Cook on HIGH for 6 to 8 minutes, until thickened, stirring well each minute. Set aside
- In a separate microwave safe bowl, cook 2 potatoes in 1 cup water. When potatoes are done add potatoes and cooking water to
- Stir in 1-16 ounce can of corn. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until steaming hot.
Shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, chopped ham or onion may be added. Add clams for clam chowder.
Additional notes by the nutrition education specialist at Ohio State’s Extension Office-Fulton
-Helpful Hint- You can also use fresh corn (For this recipe you will need 3-4 ears)
Corn on the cob in the microwave
- Ear husked and cleaned
- Wet paper towel and wring out
- Wrap ear of corn in moist towel and place on a dinner plate
- Cook in microwave for 5 minutes
- Carefully remove paper towel
- Cut off Kernels
Source: USDA Mixing Bowl-What’s Cooking?
2017 Feed a Family
Do you think you could eat on just $5 a day? It’s more difficult than you might imagine.
Just think of the impact your gift can make on hunger in Northwest Ohio. As you know, for many people, surviving on $5 a day isn’t a temporary challenge — it’s a way of life.
Just ask Kim. A few years ago, her husband Pete left his job to go overseas with the military. When he came back, he couldn’t find work.
Kim is a massage therapist who owns her own business but it just wasn’t enough to feed a family of four. After struggling for a while, they applied for SNAP. But then their benefits were cut.
“We lost $29 a month — which is a lot when you’re living on practically nothing,” says Kim. “It was at that point that we started using the food bank. It allowed me to fill the gap the cut left. and make sure everyone in my family got enough to eat.”
Because of your generosity, a member of the Toledo Northwest Ohio Food Bank network could be there for Kim and her family.
2017 Big Cheese at Walt Churchill’s Market
Save the Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Join our friends at Walt Churchill's Market this Saturday for the slicing of the Big Cheese!
The Toledo tradition lives on at our Perrysburg Market with a 2,000 lb. wheel of beautifully aged Cheddar. Join us for the ceremonial slicing and purchase your piece of holiday Wisconsin Cheese while supplies last. Pieces will also be available at the Maumee store that afternoon.
Here's a sneak preview of this year's Big Cheese from a preview event earlier this week:
And Don't Forget: The 2017 Can Jam is Friday, November 10!
Don't forget to mark your calendars and join us on Friday, November 10 at Walt Churchill's Market in Perrysburg for the 2017 Can Jam. We will be collecting turkeys, canned goods, and non perishable food items for local families in need. Walt Churchill’s will also have pre-packed food bags available the week of November 6th, for only $20.
Join Us at The Cash Explosion 30th Anniversary Celebration!
We're excited to announce that the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank has been invited to join the Ohio Lottery's Cash Explosion Show's 30th Anniversary Celebration - to be filmed Saturday, August 19 at the Stranahan Theater - 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH 43614 | Directions
Leading up to the celebration,
the Cash Explosion Show
is hosting a VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE
(Clink link to donate)
TNWO Food Bank will also be accepting cash donations at the show! Please visit our table!
Admission is FREE! Doors open at 5pm.
Pre-show party starts at 3pm, outside the theater.
For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/CashExplosion-30thAnniversary
Get ready Toledoans..we’re headed YOUR WAY! On Saturday, August 19th, we’re coming to film the Anniversary Special at the beautiful Stranahan Theater in Toledo!
Our roadshows are a big deal! They’re packed with entertainment, and Cash and merchandise prizes for the audience. And Admission is FREE!
Doors open at 5 o clock, and seating is first come, first serve but you can join the pre-show party outside the theater, beginning at 3 o clock!
Posted by The Cash Explosion Show on Saturday, July 29, 2017
Walmart Fight Hunger. Spark Change spring campaign
You can support the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank in this campaign in 3 easy ways:
Purchase your favorite specially marked products and participating manufacturers will donate $0.10/per item to the Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank.
Make secure financial gifts of any amount at the register and your donation will be allocated to the Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank.
Share your smiles to raise funds for the Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank! During the campaign, Walmart will raise awareness about the one in six people struggling with hunger in the U.S through a social media challenge. All food banks stand to benefit! Here’s how it works:
- Take a picture of six people committed to fighting hunger (for the 1 in 6 people in our nation who struggles with hunger)
- Post the picture on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – use the campaign hashtag #wesparkchange
- Make sure your post is public to ensure it can be counted
- Walmart will donate $10 for every qualifying post, up to $1.5 million!
- Share your post and encourage others to participate
For more information about this campaign and to see how many meals the Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank has raised visit http://wm8.walmart.com/Hunger/#/
Sign the Petition: Support Hunger Relief In Ohio’s Budget!
Help increase the amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins Ohio Food Banks can make readily available to our low-income families. Go to http://ow.ly/HIA7t to sign the petition TODAY and show your support that increased funding for hunger relief programs is a priority in the upcoming executive budget!
According to Feeding America’s 2014 Hunger In America Study, the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank works with partner agencies to distribute food to 29,600 clients per week. Of those clients, 28% are children under 18 years old. Most of these children participate in their school’s breakfast and lunch programs. At times, these children and their families rely on a local pantry or kitchen to provide supplemental, nutritional foods for their diet. The Ohio Food Program & Agricultural Clearance Program (OFPACP) supplies tens of millions of pounds of fresh, Ohio-grown, and highly nutritious agriculture products to hungry children, families, and seniors each year in the state, including throughout our Food Bank’s 8-county service area. Typically, this food is a surplus that otherwise would go to waste. Without this program, Ohioans experiencing food insecurity would have one less resource offering healthy food choices in their communities.
This state-funded program – the (OFPACP) – has been praised for its effectiveness, its demonstrated return on investment, and its efficiency in getting fresh foods and shelf-stable items to Ohioans in need. From every dollar of the $14.5 million in state funding provided to OFPACP last year, 95 percent was used to purchase food or improve the distribution network. Please help support this program by signing the petition today!
Souper Bowl of Caring is underway!
The big game comes once a year, but tackling hunger is an everyday battle for almost 600,000 people in Northwest Ohio who are dealing with food insecurity. While some people are choosing what team to root for, 56 percent of these food insecure households are deciding between paying rent or paying for food.
Help them by helping us replenish pantry food shelves. Please consider participating in our “Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive” event January 15 through February 28! Host a “Souper Bowl” party during the Super Bowl game.
- Ask everyone to bring canned goods to the event or make soup donations a part of the cost to attend.
- Much like the Super Bowl, have some competitive fun. Hold a competition with rival schools, departments, or classrooms to see who can get the most canned goods.
- Play a game! For every point scored, the other team must donate a can. The losing team will donate two cans.
Whether you are rooting for the Packers, the Seahawks, the Patriots, or the Broncos, whether you are a die-hard football fan or just watch the game for the commercials, please remember that thousands of people right here in our community are not just competing for a trophy, they are competing with hunger every day and that you can help.
Everyone deserves a hot, nutritious holiday meal. However, the reality is that over 571,000 people in Northwest Ohio do not have the resources to have a turkey on their tables. A donation to Operation Turkey will help to provide turkeys to hungry families. Last year, as a result of your amazingly generous donations, we were able to distribute over 25,000 pounds of turkey to our member agencies.
With the impending winter season approaching, the more than 300 member agencies that are part of the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank’s network are preparing to meet the increasing needs of the hungry in our community. This can be an arduous task as every year the need for food assistance grows. There are thousands of children, families and senior citizens right here in our community, who will not have a holiday meal. With the joy of the holidays also comes the harshness of the winter months. Rising heating and transportation costs will affect us all this coming winter; however, it will be especially burdensome for the almost 2 million Ohioans who live below the poverty line.
Thank you to the Charter One bank volunteers that helped out at the food bank through their Carving Out Hunger program. The program, now in its tenth year, will provide more than 800 turkeys for more than 5,600 Thanksgiving meals for people in need.
The need is great. We want to make 2014 our most successful year to date for Operation Turkey. With your help we can do it! Please support Operation Turkey by making a donation.
Paper Plate Campaign
Take Action to Fight Hunger Paper Plate Campaign starts today! Ohio’s network of 12 Feeding America foodbanks provides hunger relief in all 88 Ohio counties through more than 3,300 hunger relief organizations, including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and supplemental feeding programs.