As a storehouse for large quantities of donated food, the main work of the Food Bank is to distribute this food to church pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens, shelters for battered women and after-school programs in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
The Food Bank also implements programs to further meet the needs of hungry people in our community.
The School Pantry Program, a program of Feeding America, is designed to alleviate child hunger by increasing food access for school children and their families. School-based food pantries may have a permanent residence within a school or may operate through a mobile distribution where food is brought to the school and distributed each month. Within a safe environment, students have discrete access to food daily or weekly. The School Pantry offers shelf-stable items, such as cereal, mac and cheese, soups, crackers, fruit cups, and microwavable meals, to take and consume at home.
For the 2018-2019 school year, the Food Bank has partnered with schools throughout the tri-county area to establish school pantry programs serving children and their families in need of food assistance:
Austintown Middle School
Boardman Center Intermediate (in partnership with the Boardman Lions Club)
Boardman Middle School
Campbell K-7 School
Howland High School
Leetonia K-12 School
Niles Middle School
Southside Academy in Youngstown
Warren G. Harding High School (in partnership with United Way of Trumbull County)
Youngstown Community School (in partnership with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley)
The Food Bank also operates two small BackPack Programs, a national program of Feeding America. These programs are designed to ensure that very young children in the program are not going hungry over the weekends when other sources of food are not available. Initiated in 2007, the BackPack Program currently provides food to 100 elementary school children at E. J. Blott Elementary School in Liberty and Brookfield Elementary School in Brookfield.
Each bag distributed contains kid-friendly foods, including items such as microwave cup meals; cereal bowls and shelf-stable, low-fat milk; fruit cups and granola bars; peanut butter; and pretzels, animal crackers and/or sandwich crackers.
Begun in 2010 with support from the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, the Mobile Pantry Program is specifically designed to get food to individuals and families who live in underserved rural areas or do not currently have access to one of the Food Bank’s member agencies. The first, once-a-month distribution in July 2010 at Lakeview Assembly of God in Lake Milton served 74 people, and that number has grown to over 400 people per month. Currently, there are two distribution sites in Mahoning County: Lake Milton and Goshen.
In April 2012, the Food Bank began operating mobile pantry in Mecca Township in Trumbull County with a Nourishing Our Community grant from the ConAgra Foods Foundation.
In September 2012, the Food Bank began operating a mobile pantry in Hanoverton in Columbiana County with a Community Improvement Grant from the Governor's Office of Appalachia.
Click here for distribution times.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley has been selected as a Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Partner to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. CSFP is a federally funded program designed to improve the health of low-income senior citizens age 60+ and whose household income is 130% or less of the federal poverty guidelines by providing a supplemental box of food.The food provided through this program is a good source of nutrients that are often lacking from the diets of the elderly. The Food Bank has been awarded 750 slots for the CSFP program, which means that an additional 700 senior citizens in the Mahoning Valley will be able to receive the food assistance they need.
Our advocacy includes efforts to increase access to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps). For more information, please contact Kim Brock at 330-792-5522 ext. 107.