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The Work of the Food Bank

The Food Bank solicits, stores, and distributes food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties; and provides education and advocacy. We believe that no one should go hungry, and we are dedicated to building a community that makes food accessible to all people.

The Food Bank is a storehouse for large quantities of donated food and USDA commodities that are distributed to hunger-relief organizations located throughout our tri-county service area. These member agencies include church pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens, shelters for battered women and after-school programs.

In 2013, the Food Bank was awarded the AIB Food Safety Certification for the handling, storage and distribution of dry goods, canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and frozen meats. AIB accreditations and audits are nationally and internationally recognized as the most stringent in the industry.

Currently, the programs through our member agencies fulfill approximately 15,000 requests for food assistance in the tri-county area per week. To meet this need for food assistance, the Food Bank has the support of hundreds of volunteers who help us work to ensure that hungry seniors, families and children in our Valley have the food they need to live healthy and productive lives.

The Food Bank also educates the community about hunger in our tri-county service area and serves as advocates for those who are in need. Through our own efforts and stories picked up by the local media, we ensure that people living in the Valley are aware of the problem of hunger in our community. Our advocacy includes efforts at the state and federal levels to increase access to SNAP (food stamps).