Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation awarded $5,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley to support the School Pantry Program. School pantries are stocked with age appropriate food items designed to meet the needs of students who are at risk of hunger.
The School Pantry program has been implemented in twenty-two schools in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The School Pantry is open daily to ensure that students are able to access the food they need for the evenings and weekends. The School Pantries are filling approximately 1,000 requests from children each week.
“We are grateful to Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation for their continued support,” said Michael Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank. “Approximately 1 in 4 children in our area under the age of 18 lives in a food insecure household and fifty-three percent of the students in the Mahoning Valley are eligible for free and reduced meals at school. This unique safety net will help these at risk children,” Iberis added.