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The Second Harvest Food Bank plays a key role in providing assistance for residents who don’t always have access to healthy food options, Jackson said. She said the food bank will continue operate under the name Second Harvest Food Bank.
“This is a great, exciting time for the Second Harvest Food Bank,” Jackson said.
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She noted the organization provided food for as many as 32,000 people in the region each year, including servicing about 1,100 senior citizens each month. The agency has about 17 full-time staff members, and Jackson said that number is not expected to change.
Having a local board run the food bank will provide some benefits, including the flexibility to develop new programs and try new ways to serve area residents, Jackson said. One of the benefits, she said, is it will also ideally lead to more participation from area residents because it will be locally operated.
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“We think as a local agency and a local governing board, we will garner and solicit more community support,” Jackson said.
Second Harvest runs several programs in order to provide food for local residents. That includes an on-site pantry at the Second Harvest office at 701 E. Columbia St. and close to 20 mobile food pantries to provide better access to residents throughout the region. The agency also has a program geared to provide nutrition to children in the three counties.
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Jackson also thanked several local companies who provide food to the organization. She said about 40 percent of the roughly 6 million pounds of food the agency provides to local residents was provided by a variety of local companies.
“We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our community,” Jackson said.