Dominion and the Dominion Foundation awarded $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley to support the School Pantry program at Youngstown Community School.This grant is part of Dominion’s $1 million commitment to “critical community needs” that specifically support increasing food securities. The Food Bank was one of 26 organizations in Ohio to receive funding for Critical Community Needs.
The School Pantry program at Youngstown Community School is the first School Pantry in the Mahoning Valley, and it is a collaborative effort with United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. The School Pantry program, a national program of Feeding America, provides critical nourishment to low-income children and their families for preparation and consumption at their place of residence. The program will ensure that students and their families do not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, especially at the end of the month when food budgets are tight or SNAP benefits are exhausted, and instead focus on helping the children to excel in the classroom.
“We are grateful to Dominion and the Dominion Foundation for their continued support,” said Michael Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank. “This is the first School Pantry and with the help of United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, we anticipate being able to help approximately 250 families receive the food they need,” Iberis added.