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Charter One Provides Over 8,000 Holiday Meals to Carve Out Hunger

To help thousands of local residents enjoy a healthy holiday meal this season, The Charter One Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley as part of its Carving Out Hunger program. The program, now in its tenth year, will provide more than 1,500 chickens for Thanksgiving dinner - or over 8,000 meals - to families in need. Beginning on November 19th, the chickens will be distributed through the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley’s 153 member agencies in the tri-county area.

“Charter One colleagues are again taking time this year to give thanks during the holiday season and volunteer at food banks throughout Ohio,” said Joe DiRocco, President of Charter One and Citizens Commercial Banking, Ohio. “Unfortunately, too many of our neighbors are going hungry and worrying about how to feed their children their next meal. We hope our partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley will make their holidays a little brighter this year.”

Michael Iberis, Executive Director, Second Harvest Food Bank, said, “Each week, the Food Bank is filling more than 15,000 requests for food assistance in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. This annual donation of poultry from Charter One makes a very real difference in the lives of thousands of hungry families in our community.”

This year’s donation from the Charter One Foundation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is part of a $100,000 commitment to food banks across Ohio. The Charter One Foundation has donated more than one million dollars during the past ten years for holiday food programs in Cleveland, Toledo, Akron-Canton and the Mahoning Valley.