Shared Harvest Foodbank receives $1,135 donation from Woodforest Charitable Foundation.

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FAIRFIELD, OH – Shared Harvest Foodbank recently received $1,135 from Woodforest Charitable Foundation. 

The primary purpose of Shared Harvest Foodbank is to alleviate poverty and hunger by soliciting and judiciously distributing surplus marketable and wholesome grocery products to a network of over 100 charitable food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other distributing organizations, which in turn distribute these products to needy and hungry people. The foodbank also is a mixing center providing USDA commodities to five sister foodbanks serving an additional 34 Ohio counties. The Food Bank distributes an average of 10 million pounds of groceries each year though their charitable network.

Programs offed by Shared Harvest Foodbank include: Retail Pick-Up where they rescue perishable, center of the plate food, from retail grocers and offer it for distribution to partner agencies.  Emergency Food Assistance Programs provide shelf stable staple foods in emergency situations for food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Shared Harvest Foodbank’s BackPack Program provides students with bags of nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends when other resources may not be available. While free and reduced meals are available during the school week, unreliable access to food over the weekends can negatively affect the student. Children who are hungry simply cannot concentrate, have low energy and reduced ability to fight off common childhood illnesses. At the end of the 2011/2012 school year, more than 2,000 students were enrolled in Shared Harvest’s BackPack Program, each receiving much needed food to support them every weekend throughout the school year.

“No child should have to go hungry. The teachers have told us that they see a dramatic difference in the children who receive the backpack food. Teachers report these students are now prepared to learn on Monday mornings, focusing on their school work instead of their empty bellies. Without your support, this would not be possible. Thank you from all of us at the Foodbank, but more importantly, from the children who will not go hungry this school year because of your gift,” said Tina Osso, Executive Director of Shared Harvest Foodbank.

For more information on Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s contributions to this organization, please contact this agency directly at (513) 874-0114 or visit

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 .

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