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2019 Hunger Action Month (HAM)

September is Hunger Action Month, it’s a month to spread the word and act on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution. For HAM 2019, we are looking for 40,000 actions from the public including:

  • Donating: It doesn’t take a lot of money to have a big impact
  • Volunteering: Get those work boots on and come volunteer with us! We would need help in packing food in our warehouse, as well helping hands for the September Harvest Markets.
  • Advocate: You have a voice. Use it! Share a social media post! Contact your senators and representatives and tell them to support programs that combat food insecurity in our state.

Each of these actions will help end hunger one helping at a time.




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National Family Meals Month


We are excited to support and promote that September is The Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) National Family Meals Month. During the month of September Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank will be sharing meal ideas, social media content and our website blog posts including the movement to help families enjoy more meals together at home per week. The FMI designed this program to support food retail through research and education on important topics including food safety, nutrition, and health.

According to FMI.org, the data on why family meals matter is awe-inspiring due to studies showing the significant scientific proof about the positive long-standing benefits to having a family meal. FMI states “Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and health of all family members”. The following were listed on FMI.org as results from studies:

    • Regular family meals are linked to higher grades and self-esteem and delayed sexual activity.
    • Children who grow up sharing family meals are more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness and respect.
    • With each additional family meal shared each week, adolescents are less likely to show symptoms of violence, depression and suicide, less likely to use or abuse drugs or run away, and less likely to engage in risky behavior or delinquent acts.
    • Adults and children who eat at home more regularly are less likely to suffer from obesity.
    • Increased family meals are associated with greater intake of fruits and vegetables.
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Topic Update: Trump’s Administration Poverty Line Proposal Could Disqualify Schools From Providing Free Meals.

A third-grader punches in her student identification to pay for a meal at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M., in 2017. (Morgan Lee/AP)

       Critics, including Bobby Scott (D-Va.) chair of the House Education & Labor Committee fear this would pain millions of people, most importantly children who qualify for free lunch at school because their family is low-income. Under the proposed revisions, at least 3 million could lose SNAP benefits, in which includes $500,000 children who would lose access to free lunch at school.

Reference: Strauss, Valerie (2019, August 1). It’s a real shame about school lunch. Retrieved from The Washington Post

Trump Administration’s Poverty Line Proposal Would Cut Eligibility Benefits for Many Low-Income Households

         The new federal poverty line rule proposed by the Trump administration that would change how the federal poverty line is measured would cut billions of dollars from federal health programs and cause millions of people to lose their eligibility for, or receive less help from, these programs. In addition, a significant number of low-income households, primarily in working families, would lose eligibility for federal nutrition assistance programs including SNAP (food stamps); the WIC nutrition program for low-income women, infants and children; and free school meals.

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August is Kids Eat Right Month!!!

This August is the Sixth Annual Kids Eat Right Month being celebrated. During this time the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation concentrate on the significance of healthy eating and active lifestyles for children and their families. Getting kids to eat healthy can usually be a challenge, particularly if they are picky eaters. But specialists say that a conversation can help.

In order to not stray away from the goal, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging families to take the following steps: Shop Smart, Cook Healthy, Eat Right, Healthy Habits, and Moving Around.

The annual Kids Eat Right campaign is also an opportunity to get children excited about what's on their plate. To make the experience more fun, allow your kids to go shopping with you and have them help you select colorful fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market or local grocery store. This then begins the process of bringing your family together in the kitchen to prepare a meal and eat as a family whenever possible. These are all great ways to incorporate healthy habits into your daily family routine. According to registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy Spokesperson in Baton Rouge Kristen Gradney, research shows that families who regularly dine together are more likely to eat more fruits, vegetables and fiber and are less likely to eat fried foods.

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The coolest summer veggie in town (or country)

Today, we are spotlighting a healthy, refreshing, versatile summer produce item …

The Cucumber!

Cucumbers are a great summer vegetable (and they are often considered a fruit!) as they can provide both coolness and crispness to a variety of dishes while simultaneously serving as a wonderful snack all on their own. We want to dive a bit deeper into the qualities and characteristics of the cucumber…and show you just where the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank suggests that you grab some this summer.

Nutritional Value

Cucumbers are fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie, low-sugar, and high in antioxidants, proving themselves to a be healthy eating choice for you this summer. Their high water content can also help you stay hydrated on warm summer days.

Storage and Preparation

Cooled storage is recommended. They will usually stay fresh unpeeled for about a week long. Washing is recommended before eating or slicing, and cucumbers can be eaten with or without the peel.


Cucumbers can be prepared and eaten in a variety of ways. They can be sliced and enjoyed raw, they can be added to salads, they can be pickled, they can serve as a great addition to a sandwich or wrap; they can even be used in salsas, sauces, and 'slaws. Cucumbers have a mild flavor and a hearty crunch, making them an easy way to boost the nutrition value (and satisfaction value!) of a variety of meals.


Here at the TNWOFB, cucumbers are often available at our grocery store on wheels, The Harvest Market. The Harvest Market regularly visits food-insecure communities across Henry, Williams, and Fulton County, offering a variety of grocery items as well as locally-grown farm products. The Harvest Market accepts food assistance benefits as well as credit and debit cards. Almost all of our Harvest Market locations and dates will be offering cucumbers this summer, and we hope that you will join us in celebrating and enjoying the cucumber!

What is the Harvest Market? Click here to learn more.

Let’s Get Practical

Now that we’ve learned (to an
extensive degree) all about the cucumber, we’d like
to share two recipes that you can easily utilize the cucumber in this summer.

Easy Cucumber Salad


  • 2 long English cucumbers
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Slice the cucumber in half and then in slices, cut the onion into thin strips, and mix cucumber and onions in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix white wine vinegar, water, and sugar in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the cucumbers and onions, and stir well.
  3. Sprinkle with fresh chopped dill and stir.


Cucumber Cracker Sandwich


  • 32 RITZ Crackers
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese spread
  • 1 small cucumber, cut into thin slices
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 16 small fresh mint sprigs (optional)


  1. Spread 16 crackers with cream cheese spread.
  2. Top with cucumbers; sprinkle with garlic powder, and place mint sprigs on top.
  3. Cover with remaining crackers to make 16 sandwiches.



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Hope for the Hungry Food Drive, June 2019

Currently, one in six people and one in four children
are at risk of not having enough food in our community, and 15.8% of people in
Northwest Ohio do not have reliable access to enough nutritious food to lead
healthy lives. That’s why our Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank is, once again,
partnering with 13abc, Dave White Chevrolet, and Cedar Point as part of the
Hope for the Hungry Food Drive. Summer time is a crucial time for food
donations as children who rely on school breakfasts and free lunches don’t have
access to those meals.

now, you can donate non-perishable or canned goods to help feed families in
Northwest Ohio. The food bank also helps provide non-food and personal care
items, so those donations are also welcome. Even a donation of $1 helps by
providing five meals to people in need in Northwest Ohio.

Anyone can help families in our community by dropping off donations at one of three locations between now and June 30, 2019:

4247 Dorr St.
Toledo, Ohio 43607

Dave White Chevrolet
5880 Monroe St,
Sylvania, OH 43560

Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
24 East Woodruff Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604

There will
also be a drive-thru donation event at Dave White Chevrolet on Friday, June 14.
13abc anchor and reporter Kristian Brown will host the event. It runs from Noon
until 6:30pm.

You can
also give from the comfort of your own home through the Hope for the Hungry virtual food drive. Just
click the "Virtual Food Drive" to donate.

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Trump Administration’s Poverty Line Proposal Would Cut Eligibility Benefits for Many Low-Income Households

The new federal poverty line rule proposed by the Trump administration that would change how the federal poverty line is measured would cut billions of dollars from federal health programs and cause millions of people to lose their eligibility for, or receive less help from, these programs. In addition, a significant number of low-income households, primarily in working families, would lose eligibility for federal nutrition assistance programs including SNAP (food stamps); the WIC nutrition program for low-income women, infants and children; and free school meals.

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Second Annual Golf Classic

Join us for the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank’s 2019 Golf Classic at the Sylvania Country Club on Monday, June 24, 2019!

Scramble • $400 per foursome

11 a.m. – Registration, lunch
12 p.m. – Shotgun start
5:30 p.m. – Awards, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres

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Harvest Market: Combating Food Deserts in Northwest Ohio

Small neighborhood grocery stores and farm carts once brought fresh produce to our communities. Now, liquor and convenience stores are the norm, carrying little more than highly processed snack foods and sugary drinks. The result is a growing number of food deserts in Northwest Ohio.

What is a food desert?

The USDA defines food deserts as areas where people have limited access to a variety of healthy and affordable food. Food deserts are characterized by the absence of supermarkets and grocery stores. For those who live within food deserts, access to fruits, vegetables and other whole foods is limited.

Food deserts affect millions of households throughout the country, in both urban and rural communities. However, rural communities are some of the most underserved. In fact, Feeding America states that “three-quarters of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are in rural areas.”  Rural food deserts often face increased obstacles such as greater distances to food pantries and soup kitchens, which is especially difficult for those without a vehicle or nearby public transportation.

To combat the effects of food deserts, the Food Bank’s Harvest Market is hitting the roads of rural Northwest Ohio.

What is the Harvest Market?

The Harvest Market is a grocery store on wheels, bringing healthy, wholesome foods to the food deserts of Northwest Ohio. The Harvest Market is a direct service program of the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank supplementing the need for healthy food options for seniors, children, and families in rural Northwest Ohio communities.

The custom-made refrigerated vehicle keeps product fresh while on the road.

The mission of the Harvest Market is to increase access to healthy food choices with an emphasis on reaching those least served in a food desert. The Harvest Market does this by

  • Operating regularly scheduled stops in low-income, food-insecure communities
  • Offering high quality, locally grown, sustainably produced farm products
  • Accepting SNAP benefits (food stamps)
  • Providing educational resources on how to prepare the market’s offerings

Harvest Market is operated by a small team of Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank staff members and volunteers. Products offered include fresh produce, dairy, meat and shelf stable items such as rice and pasta. Currently, the Harvest Market services the NW Ohio counties of Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Wood.

Harvest Market regularly offers its guests a variety of produce at no cost.

Why was the Harvest Market created?

The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank recognized the need to create a direct service to help fill in the meal gap, where access to our partner agencies may be limited. Thus, in August of 2016 The Harvest Market was created with the intent to meet hunger where it lives in the rural counties of Northwest Ohio.

Utilizing the “Map the Meal Gap” statistics and findings from Feeding America’s “Hunger in America 2014” study, the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank discovered an unmet need in the communities we serve. Map the Meal Gap statistics show that 14.8 percent of Northwest Ohioans are food-insecure or are without reliable access to enough nutritious food to lead healthy lives; many client households reported employing a number of coping mechanisms to avoid hunger.

What can you do to help?

Advocate for policies that support hunger relief and create awareness of the hunger issues affecting your community and beyond. Now that you know the facts, share them! A problem no one knows about is a problem no one solves.

Volunteer. Join us at a market day and make a difference. Serve members of your community and be a part of a program that’s makes a difference.

Donate to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank to support programs that help fight food insecurity in your community.

Utilize the resource. Are you affected by a food desert? Visit the Harvest Market and shop for healthy food options. If you aren’t in need of our market, share our info with friends, family, and community members that might be. For Harvest Market dates and times, visit https://www.toledofoodbank.org/event/

Additional Resources:

USDA Food Access Research Atlas

Feeding America: Rural Hunger Facts




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Healthy Food Donations Needed

The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank can always use healthy food donations! Right now, we are especially in need of canned donations (i.e. veggies, fruits, proteins, etc.). If you would like to make a contribution, please contact Michelle Thees at 419-242-5000 to make drop-off arrangements.

If you have any questions about hosting a food drive for the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, please contact Jessi Averill at 419-242-5000 x 216 or by email at javerill@ToledoFoodBank.org.Healthy Food Donations Needed

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Ohio Farmers Provide Nearly 20,000 Pounds of Pork to Toledo Residents in Need

Ohio pork farmers, through the Ohio Pork Council (OPC), have partnered with generous supporters, including the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, to support the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank. Through this partnership, Ohio pork farmers are donating nearly 20,000 pounds of lean ground pork to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.

The protein-packed donation will provide 97,500 meals to those in need in the Greater Toledo area. This donation comes as part of a roughly 20,300-pound donation being made by Ohio farmers, just in time for Easter.

Duane Stateler, an Ohio pork farmer, met with Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank President & CEO James Caldwell last Friday afternoon to present their generous gift!

About the Ohio Pork Council (OPC)
The Ohio Pork Council was established in 1968, beginning with nearly 800 pig farmers dedicated to the task of promoting their own product. Currently, OPC has approximately 2,500 members. Their mission is to serve and benefit all Ohio pork producers. To learn more about the Ohio Pork Council, visit www.OhioPork.org or call 614-882-5887.

About the Ohio Corn & Wheat
Ohio Corn & Wheat works to create opportunities for long-term Ohio corn and small grain grower profitability and houses two checkoffs and one membership-based organization. The Ohio Corn Checkoff and Ohio Small Grains Checkoff work to develop and expand markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and wheat, respectively. The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association is a membership organization advocating for supportive public policy on behalf of its farmer members. For more information, visit www.ohiocornandwheat.org.

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Subway® Wrap promotion to benefit Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank

Subway Feed A Friend

Diners have a delicious way to help their neighbors in need

Subway® Restaurants are introducing a new Signature Wrap sandwich lineup this month with a fundraiser to help fight hunger in Northwestern Ohio. With Generously Wrapped, 20 cents from every wrap sold through April 26 will go towards the Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, up to a total donation of $5,000. That will feed 25,000 needy people in Northwest Ohio through the good work of the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.

Over the last three years, Subway® has donated over 22 million meals to Feeding America. The local franchisees in Northwestern Ohio are continuing to fight local hunger issues with local fundraising campaigns like last year’s Buy A Hero, Be A Hero and this year’s Feed A Friend.

The new double meat wraps are a perfect blend of meat, veggies and sauce, bursting with flavor. The new Signature Wrap chef inspired lineup includes: Chipotle Southwest Steak & Cheese; Savory Rotisserie-Style Chicken Caesar; and Turkey, Bacon and Guacamole. You can also have your favorite Subway sub made as a wrap. Helping your neighbor never tasted so good!

The Toledo Northwestern Ohio food bank is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) that solicits, collects and stores donations of surplus food. Our mission is to enable other community organizations to end hunger. Throughout the eight country region we service we provide food to over 250 agencies to be distributed to the public through pantries, soup kitchens, rehabilitation centers, special programs for the elderly and other community organizations.

About Subway® Restaurants
There are more than 2,000 locally owned and operated restaurants in Ohio. Subway® restaurants, founded almost 53 years ago by then 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family friend Dr. Peter Buck, is still a family-owned business with thousands of dedicated small business owners around the world.

For more information about the SUBWAY® chain, visit www.subway.com. Find us on Facebook: Facebook.com/subway. Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/subway. SUBWAY® is a Registered Trademark of Subway IP Inc.

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Country BBQ Fundraiser & Dance to Take Place on Sunday, May 6, 2018

Join the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank for our 2018 Country BBQ Fundraiser & Dance on Sunday, May 6 from 1pm–5pm. Enjoy an afternoon filled with a delicious BBQ-themed lunch, silent auction filled with items from local businesses, an interactive line dance, live music, and much more!

Tickets are $60 per person. For every pair of tickets purchased, you will be entered into a drawing to win a prize!

Tickets on sale NOW: click here to purchase yours online

Thank you to our sponsors:

13 ABC

International Tableware

Checker Distributors



Merrill Lynch



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Holiday Giving

There are many faces of hunger

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!

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Harvest Market Grateful

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 scrossley@toledofoodbank.org or 419-242-5000 ext. 212.

Interested in how you can help?

Contact our Harvest Market Community Outreach Coordinator, Kaimyn Paszko at kpaszko@toledofoodbank.org or 419-242-5000 ext.221.

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Join us for #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday

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.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website, Facebook page or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

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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?

Contact jcarver@toledofoodbank.org or 419-242-5000 ext. 213.

Interested in how you can help?

Contact our Harvest Market Community Outreach Coordinator at athomas@toledofoodbank.org 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%
  • potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 can corn (16 ounce, drained)


  1. Melt margarine in glass bowl on HIGH for 30 to 50 seconds.
  2. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth.
  3. Blend milk into flour-margarine mixture.
  4. Cook on HIGH for 6 to 8 minutes, until thickened, stirring well each minute. Set aside
  5. In a separate microwave safe bowl, cook 2 potatoes in 1 cup water. When potatoes are done add potatoes and cooking water to
    white sauce.
  6. 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?

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2017 Feed a Family

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.

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2017 Big Cheese at Walt Churchill’s Market

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:

2017 Big Cheese

2017 Big Cheese

2017 Big Cheese

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.

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What’s Cooking at the Harvest Market?

The Harvest Market cooked up some fun with a special cooking demo and tasting during its market on September 20th. September is Hunger Action Month, a month devoted to taking action and raising awareness on the hunger issue. A wonderful SNAP-Education Program Assistant from the OSU Extension Office took action against hunger and volunteered her time to come to our market and prepare a meal. She made a sweet potato apple bake. This recipe can be made as a hot side dish or treated as a desert.

“Snap-Ed has an important role in improving the nutrition of Ohio’s SNAP participants. By taking that one step they are improving their health, the health of their families through better food choices.”
-Meredith, OSU-Extension Office Fulton County, Snap-Education Program Assistant

Cooking Demo at the Harvest Market

This low cost, easy to make recipe was a hit with all of our shoppers at the market. What is even better is that the produce we offered at our market coincided with the recipe. So, qualifying shoppers were able to walk away with sweet potatoes and apples for free and make this recipe on their own if they so desired! The Harvest Market, a mobile grocery store on wheels, is servicing rural communities in Northwest Ohio. The mission of the market is to increase access to healthy food choices with an emphasis on serving those least served in a food desert. Additionally, we understand the importance of providing nutrition education to our shoppers because in order for our shoppers to actually implement these lifestyle changes towards a healthier living they need to know how to actually use and cook with the healthier food options. When several shoppers are being introduced to many of our produce items for the first time, providing education is key. That is why cooking demos and recipes are so important. It helps our shoppers learn basic nutrition as well as ways that they can turn their produce and shelf-stable items into delicious, healthy meals that are both cost effective and easy to make.

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Baked Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Makes: 6 servings

Total Cost: $$/$$$$

Layer sweet potatoes and apples to make this sweet and satisfying hot side dish.


  • sweet potatoes (cooked)
  • apple
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (or cinnamon)
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Boil 5 sweet potatoes in water until they are almost tender.
  2. After the sweet potatoes cool, peel and slice them.
  3. Peel the apples. Remove the cores, and slice the apples.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Grease the casserole dish with butter or margarine.
  6. Put a layer of sweet potatoes on the bottom of the dish.
  7. Add a layer of apple slices.
  8. Add some sugar, salt, and tiny pieces of margarine to the apple layer.
  9. Repeat steps 6, 7, and 8 to make more layers of sweet potatoes, apples, and sugar/salt.
  10. On the top layer of apples, sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar and margarine pieces.
  11. Sprinkle the top layer with nutmeg.
  12. Mix the hot water and honey together. Pour the mix over the top layer.
  13. Bake for about 30 minutes until apples are tender.

Source - What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl

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