Families gather during Second Harvest’s Forward STEPS program, which invites those struggling to make ends meet to enjoy a meal and gain skills and education. Summer is a joyous, playful season for kids, but without regular free and reduced school meals, bellies are often empty.

Bright summer days parch bake the soil, which waits—in anticipation—for you to return with a refreshing drink of water to nurture bushes of blueberries, rows of tomatoes and tufts of weighty strawberries. As you savor the light ripeness of summer, enjoy these recipes (and stories) that bring your neighbors to the table during the dog days.


Canning Takes Root in Muncie

Community Canning Center


Esau Martinez

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Jay Zimmerman:

Retired professor builds connections through Whitley food pantry



Josh Gruver:

Professor plants lessons to grow a more sustainable food system



Karen and Ben Howells:

Combating food insecurity through positive partnerships

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Kids in the Kitchen:

Invite your littles to whip up these nourishing nibbles



Neda Schuck

Native of Jordan celebrates her culture through food from her homeland

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Wilisha Scaife:

Serving the community that served her

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