To help thousands of Mahoning Valley area residents enjoy a warm holiday meal this season, Citizens Bank is donating $10,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley as part of the bank’s Carving Out Hunger program. The contribution, which helps kick off the Food Bank’s holiday campaign, will provide 2,640 Thanksgiving chickens and other holiday food – or an estimated 10,560 meals – to local families in need.
“Citizens Bank is proud to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley for the 12th year of our Carving Out Hunger program,” said Joe DiRocco, President of Citizens Bank, Ohio. “Hunger is an issue no one should have to endure. We are passionate about this cause – and the good work the food bank does – and hope to make the holidays a little brighter for many people in our community.”
This year, one in six people in Mahoning Valley will face hunger. The demand for food has continued to increase in the Mahoning Valley region. Last year, the Food Bank distributed a record 10.4 million pounds of food, including 3 million pounds of produce, to hungry families in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Citizens Bank has donated more than $1.2 million through Carving Out Hunger over the past 12 years for holiday food programs across Ohio.
The bank’s donation will help kick off the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley’s annual holiday campaign, which helps provide meals at Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. The contribution is part of a $100,000 commitment to food banks across Ohio this year through Citizens Bank’s Carving Out Hunger program.
“Each week, nearly 15,000 requests for food assistance are filled by 148 member agencies and Food Bank programs and in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties,” said Michael Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank. “We greatly appreciate this annual gift of poultry through the Carve Out Hunger program. The support of Citizens Bank will make a very real difference in the lives of thousands of families in the Mahoning Valley this holiday season.”
The donated chickens will provide much-needed meals that will be distributed through the Food Bank’s 148 member agencies.
On Tuesday, November 15, at 10 a.m., Citizens Bank volunteers will sort and re-pack food, prepare meals for local hunger relief organizations and load food into vehicles for Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley member agencies. The distribution will take place at the Food Bank, 2805 Salt Springs Road, Youngstown. Michael Iberis, Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, and Deb Krejci, Citizens Bank Regional Market Manager, Business Banking, will be available for media interviews.
In addition to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, Citizens has implemented Carving Out Hunger with the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food in Bank, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The program is a part of the bank’s year-round effort to end hunger in the communities it serves through Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger.
In 2016 alone, through contributions to local food banks and other food programs, Citizens Bank will donate 3.3 million meals across the bank’s footprint.