LORAIN — The area’s biggest food bank looks to take a big bite out of hunger with a record $1.5 million gift from Nordson Corporation Foundation.
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio announced the gift today, which will be the recipient of the foundation’s biggest-ever donation.
The $1.5 million will be paid to Second Harvest over a five-year period ending 2017-18.
The money will be used as a lead donation for the food bank’s capital campaign for a new facility to up the agency’s capacity to serve some 104 member agencies that include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, Back Pack programs, Kids Café, and farmers markets.
The agency provides food for eligible households and individuals in Lorain, Erie, Huron and Crawford counties.
The huge grant is the latest and single-largest means of support Nordson Corporation has provided to Second Harvest over the years.
“As we turned to the community for support of this project, Nordson was the very first to step forward and has truly overwhelmed us with its generosity and commitment,” Julie Chase-Morefield, executive director of Second Harvest said.
“We hope the confidence Nordson is showing in our organization will inspire other potential supporters to help us address the critical issue of hunger in our region,” Chase-Morefield added.
The Nordson Foundation has supported Second Harvest since the foodbank was born in 1982 with the help of a Nordson grant.
Known then as County Cupboard, the agency was first created to assist people in need due to an area recession.