The Food Bank solicits, stores, and distributes food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties; and provides education and advocacy. We believe that no one should go hungry, and we are dedicated to building a community that makes food accessible to all people.
The Food Bank is instrumental in ensuring that many seniors and families who struggle to put enough nutritious food on the table receive the food they need to live healthy and productive lives. The Food Bank serves as a storehouse for large quantities of donated food and USDA commodities that are distributed daily to 160 hunger-relief organizations and programs located throughout our tri-county service area. These member agencies include church pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens, shelters for battered women and after-school programs. All member agencies must hold a 501(c)3 designation from the IRS and have feeding hungry people as a major component of their program. Currently, the programs through our member agencies fulfill approximately 11,000 requests for food assistance in the tri-county area per week.
The Food Bank relies heavily on the generous support of volunteers from the community: Hundreds of volunteers gave over 13,000 hours of service in 2019. In addition to volunteer support, the Food Bank is supported financially by individuals, companies, grants, foundations, and the United Way. We are also the recipient of in-kind services from several local businesses.
The Food Bank also educates the community about hunger in our tri-county service area and serves as advocates for those who are in need. Through our own efforts and stories picked up by the local media, we ensure that people living in the Valley are aware of the problem of hunger in our community.