Woodforest Charitable Foundation donates $1,500 to Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
LORAIN, OH – According to Hunger in America 2010, 1 in 4 children under the age of 5 lives on the brink of hunger in Ohio. In response to this issue, Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s recent donation will support Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio’s (Second Harvest Food Bank) Kids Café and BackPack Programs.
Kids Café is a safe place where children, up to 18 years old, can get a nutritious after-school meal for free. Kids Café sites are located in churches, community centers, YMCA’s, and Boys and Girls Clubs in areas with a high rate of families living below the poverty line. In addition to providing hot meals to hungry kids, some Kids Café programs also offer a safe place, where under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational and social activities that draw on existing community programs and often include family members.
The mission of the BackPack Program is to help alleviate child hunger by addressing the lack of food resources on weekends and school holidays. The Program targets elementary school children in areas where there are high percentages of eligibility and children at risk of chronic hunger. Each child receives a weekly backpack filled with child-friendly, easy to prepare, non-perishable food on Fridays to take home for the weekend. In the past year alone, Second Harvest Food Bank disturbed over 700 backpacks each week through programs in Erie, Huron and Crawford counties.
“On behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank I want to extend our sincere thanks to the Woodforest Charitable Foundation for approving a grant of $1,500 for our Kids Café and BackPack programs,” said Juliana Chase-Morefield, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. “In these difficult economic times, the need for emergency food continues to rise and we appreciate your commitment to helping families at-risk for hunger.”
For more information about Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, please call (440) 960-2265 or visit www.secondharvestfoodbank.org.
The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves. The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c)(3) charities. For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the Foundation’s website at www.woodforestcharitablefoundation.org.
Celebrating 30 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion and services more than 850,000 customers with branches in excess of 750 throughout seventeen states: Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at www.woodforest.com.