First Place Bank and the Covelli Centre Team Up to Dropkick Hunger in the Mahoning Valley

First Place Bank and the Covelli Centre are teaming up to help dropkick hunger in the Mahoning Valley with a new “Become a Soup Bowl Star” program, an effort to help feed hungry families in our community.

After the holidays are over, donations to the Food Bank tends to fall off dramatically – but the need doesn’t.  First Place Bank and the Covelli Centre want to help solve this problem by filling bowls with hot soup for our neighbors through Second Harvest.  “We appreciate First Place Bank and the Covelli Centre teaming up to help replenish the shelves after holiday food distributions,” said Mike Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank.

Donations of canned soup may be dropped off at any First Place Bank location from Wednesday, January 16- Wednesday, January 30. First Place Bank employees will also spend time at Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, prior to the Super Bowl, to box up the soup for distribution to 153 local food pantries that feed our hungry neighbors. 

The Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown is also encouraging local residents to “Become a Soup Bowl Star.” They will be accepting canned soup and other food donations at the Covelli Centre during the same time period, January 16-30. Those who donate 10 or more soup cans will receive a discount voucher for $3 off a ticket for the Friday, Feb. 1 show of the upcoming Toughest Monster Truck Tour. A limit of two vouchers will be given per family.  

“As a community bank, we’re dedicated to strengthening our communities through both charitable contributions and volunteerism,” said Tom Shafer, First Place Bank President and CEO.

First Place Bank and the Covelli Centre are teaming up to help dropkick hunger in the Mahoning Valley with a new “Become a Soup Bowl Star” program, an effort to help feed hungry families in our community.

After the holidays are over, donations to the Food Bank tends to fall off dramatically – but the need doesn’t.  First Place Bank and the Covelli Centre want to help solve this problem by filling bowls with hot soup for our neighbors through Second Harvest.  “We appreciate First Place Bank and the Covelli Centre teaming up to help replenish the shelves after holiday food distributions,” said Mike Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank.

Donations of canned soup may be dropped off at any First Place Bank location from Wednesday, January 16- Wednesday, January 30. First Place Bank employees will also spend time at Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, prior to the Super Bowl, to box up the soup for distribution to 153 local food pantries that feed our hungry neighbors. 

The Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown is also encouraging local residents to “Become a Soup Bowl Star.” They will be accepting canned soup and other food donations at the Covelli Centre during the same time period, January 16-30. Those who donate 10 or more soup cans will receive a discount voucher for $3 off a ticket for the Friday, Feb. 1 show of the upcoming Toughest Monster Truck Tour. A limit of two vouchers will be given per family.  

“As a community bank, we’re dedicated to strengthening our communities through both charitable contributions and volunteerism,” said Tom Shafer, First Place Bank President and CEO.

“Across the country and across our Valley, hunger remains a serious problem for many. The need continues to increase, especially as some families have to choose between paying a heat bill or buying enough food. That’s why First Place Bank has teamed up with the Covelli Centre to help support Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley in supplying local food pantries with much-needed donations,” he continued.

“I’m also grateful to our employees who will be donating their time to help prepare the soup for distribution. By doing so, they further underscore First Place Bank’s commitment to rolling up our sleeves and doing something about a community problem,” Shafer noted. “In addition, we’re grateful for the efforts of the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley for the important work they do to serve hungry families in our community,” Shafer concluded.

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.

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