Charter One Provides More Than 6,900 Meals Through Carving Out Hunger

To help thousands of local residents enjoy a healthy holiday meal this season, the Charter One Foundation has donated $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley as part of its Carving Out Hunger program. The donation will provide 2,035 chickens for Thanksgiving dinner – or an estimated 6,907 meals – to hungry families.

“We are proud to join our friends at Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley for Charter One’s Carving Out Hunger program to ensure thousands of hungry people have nutritious meals for the holidays,” said Ken Marblestone, president of Charter One and RBS Citizens in Ohio. “We want to make the holiday season enjoyable for everyone, especially our neighbors who are working hard to provide for their families, but need a little extra help this time of year.”

In the first six month of 2012, there was an 18% increase in the number of people seeking assistance in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties compared to the same time frame last year. Member agencies of church pantries and homeless shelters are filling more than 14,000 requests for emergency food assistance each week in the tri-county area, and the number is anticipated to increase as we move closer to the winter months and energy costs increase. 

To help thousands of local residents enjoy a healthy holiday meal this season, the Charter One Foundation has donated $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley as part of its Carving Out Hunger program. The donation will provide 2,035 chickens for Thanksgiving dinner – or an estimated 6,907 meals – to hungry families.

“We are proud to join our friends at Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley for Charter One’s Carving Out Hunger program to ensure thousands of hungry people have nutritious meals for the holidays,” said Ken Marblestone, president of Charter One and RBS Citizens in Ohio. “We want to make the holiday season enjoyable for everyone, especially our neighbors who are working hard to provide for their families, but need a little extra help this time of year.”

In the first six month of 2012, there was an 18% increase in the number of people seeking assistance in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties compared to the same time frame last year. Member agencies of church pantries and homeless shelters are filling more than 14,000 requests for emergency food assistance each week in the tri-county area, and the number is anticipated to increase as we move closer to the winter months and energy costs increase.

“Charter One is a good and longtime friend of the Food Bank,” said Mike Iberis, executive director. “We especially appreciate their financial and volunteer support this time of year when need is so great.”

The chickens, which total 10,360 pounds and equal approximately 6,907 meals, will be distributed through the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley’s 153 member agencies in the tri-county area.

IF YOU are in need of food dial 211 or call in
Columbiana & Mahoning Counties: (330) 747-2696; Trumbull County: (330) 393-1565

If you have a school-aged child in need of breakfast and lunch this summer, simply text FOOD to 877877 and receive a message back with a location closest to where they can get free summer meals.

The Food Bank's mission is to solicit, store, and distribute food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties; and to provide 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.

So no one goes hungry.

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