Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley receives $1,510 donation from WCF.
YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley receives $1,510 from Woodforest Charitable Foundation.
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley began in the early 1980s when a group of lay and religious community leaders realized that while people were going hungry, companies were throwing away unused but still nutritious edible food. Today, the Food Bank annually distributes 9 million pounds of food to 153 hunger relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Partner organizations include church pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, shelters for battered women, and after-school programs.
Currently, member agencies feed over 14,000 people in the tri-county area each week. To meet the growing need for food assistance, the Food Bank’s staff and numerous volunteers work to ensure that hungry seniors, families and children in the Mahoning Valley have the food they need to live healthy and productive lives. For every $1 given, the Food Bank can distribute $15 worth of food to pantries and soup kitchens.
In addition to food distribution, the Food Bank also offers a Back Pack Program designed to provide hungry children with food over weekends and school vacations. The Food Bank currently offers Back Pack Programs in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties that serve 300 students each week. The cost per bag of food each week is calculated just under $8, and provides each child with six meals and two snacks.
“On behalf of our board of directors, staff, volunteers, member agencies and, most importantly, the children who will receive food, please accept our thanks for this gift and for your ongoing support. The BackPack program ensures that every Friday children are given a bag of nutritious, child friendly food to take home so they do not go hungry over the weekend,” said Michael Iberis, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.
For more information on Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s contributions to this organization, please contact this agency directly at (330) 792-5522 or visit www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.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 32 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.7 billion and services more than 1 million customers with branches in excess of 780 throughout 17 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.