(Nasdaq: NDSN) Foundation today announced it is making the largest single donation in its history with a $1.5 million grant to Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. The gift will be paid in installments over the next five years and used as the lead donation for Second Harvest’s capital campaign for construction of a new facility to better serve those in the region struggling with hunger.
Second Harvest is committed to gathering and providing resources to hunger-relief agencies serving individuals and families in Northern Ohio’s Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain counties. Nordson Corporation was founded in Lorain County in 1954 and continues to operate a large campus there today in the city of Amherst.
“The Foundation’s board of directors unanimously and energetically made the decision to make the lead gift in the capital campaign for Second Harvest’s new facility,” said Cecilia Render, Executive Director of the Nordson Corporation Foundation. “Nordson and the Second Harvest Food Bank have a long history of partnership. The agency offers a strong support system for those in need in our community and we want to ensure they have the capacity to continue to meet those needs.”
“As a long-time partner of Second Harvest, Nordson Corporation and its employees have volunteered their time, talent and financial resources to addressing hunger in North Central Ohio for many years,” said Juliana Chase-Morefield, Executive Director of Second Harvest. “Our planned new facility will increase our capacity to serve our network of hunger-relief agencies throughout the region. 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. 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. Together, we can have an extraordinary impact in helping hungry children develop and learn, in providing healthy and nutritious meals to families, and in aiding seniors whose shrinking incomes often dictate tough decisions between paying for food, medicine or utilities.”