The Food Bank distributed a record 10.4 million pounds of food last year to those in need in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
“We thank the many financial and food donors, volunteers, foundations, corporations, schools, organizations that were instrumental in helping us distribute more than 40,000 pounds of food each day from our warehouse,” said Mike Iberis, executive director. “Community support is vital to our work and we are extremely grateful and humbled by the outpouring we receive,” said Iberis.
“Through 148 member agencies consisting of church pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens, shelters for battered women and after school programs, we were able to provide food to families, seniors, children and veterans who do not have enough food to eat,” said Iberis. “We were able to distribute more than 3 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables last year and to implement new BackPack and Mobile Pantry Programs which helps reach more people in need,” Iberis said.
“While we are pleased to achieve a milestone in distribution, we are saddened that so many families and seniors have to rely on pantries and soup kitchens for the food they need,” said Iberis. “But we will continue to work to fill the need as long as it exists.”