The Youngstown Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley toward the upgrade and installation of cooling unit equipment to ensure that millions of pounds of produce are safely stored and kept fresh for distribution to 148 member agencies. The agencies fulfill over 15,000 requests for food assistance each week in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
“The distribution of the Food Bank has more than doubled over the past decade,” said Michael Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank. “Last year, the Food Bank distributed a record 10.6 million pounds of food, including more than 3 million pounds of produce. This generous gift from The Youngstown Foundation will help us to make the necessary upgrades and install additional equipment to ensure that the Food Bank is able to continue distributing much-needed fresh fruits and vegetables to families in the Mahoning Valley.”