All Your Support, Encouragement and Offers of Assistance are Appreciated During the COVID-19 Crisis.
D E A R M A H O N I N G V A L L E Y,
As you know, our nation, state, region and the Mahoning Valley have been hit hard by the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are unprecedented times. Many challenges lie ahead in the coming weeks and months.
Our hungry friends and neighbors have been impacted greatly by the COVID-19 crisis. Our 160 member agencies and programs, staff and the Ohio National Guard are working at full capacity to keep up with previously unseen demand.
Over the past few weeks, Food Bank member agencies have reported a 30 percent increase in the number of people
coming to their food pantries and soup kitchens in search of a bag of food or a hot meal.
If you are in need of food, please contact Help Network of Northeast Ohio by dialing 211 or text HELP NETWORK to
898211. At the prompt, enter “1” for information about food pantries, or “2” to learn about free meal sites near you.
With our community in the grips of COVID-19, we are adjusting our operations to meet the increased needs of today
while preparing for continued challenges in the weeks and months to come. The situation is changing rapidly.
Most food pantries, meal sites and programs have converted their conventional food pantry and meal site models to a limited contact drive-thru model to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We commend our member agencies for the heroic work they are doing.
In 2019, Second Harvest Food Bank distributed more than 11.5 million pounds of food to hungry individuals and families in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re already on pace to considerably exceed that amount in 2020.
As of the end of March, the Food Bank has already distributed 41 percent more food compared to the same time period last year.
Due to the increased demand for food, we’ve been forced to search for and secure new food sources, which we need
to purchase. We are committed to meeting the basic needs of the most vulnerable among us, so we will continue to do everything possible.
The Ohio National Guard has been called in by Gov. Mike DeWine to help us get food to the growing number of hungry people who need it more than ever.
So far, with the help of the Ohio National Guard, the Food Bank has been able to:
- Continue to fulfill the demands of 160 member agencies and programs.
- Continue to fill orders by School Pantry programs and supplement their efforts to provide even more food
to students and families during this time of need.
- Host several additional mass food distributions in partnership with local schools and member agencies.
More distributions are being planned in the coming weeks and months in the tri-county area.
- Continue to provide 700 very-low-income seniors with a box of nutritious food each month through USDA.
One thing we know for sure is that when a need arises, the Mahoning Valley community responds.
We are humbled and inspired by the overwhelming number of calls and inquiries for offers to assist.
If you would like to help, you can CLICK HERE or call the Food Bank at 330-792-5522 to make a monetary donation. Non-perishable food donations are being accepted at the Food Bank located at 2805 Salt Springs Road Youngstown, OH 44509. Monday-Friday 8:30-4 p.m.
Again, we thank you for your support in this time of need, and we appreciate your assistance during this pivotal time in our Valley’s history.
Our promise to the community is that we will use all the resources available to us in order to assist the most vulnerable people in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
Stay healthy and safe, from all of us at Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.
W I T H W A R M E S T R E G A R D S ,
MICHAEL IBERIS, Executive Director
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley