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.
Initiated in 2007, the BackPack Program provides food to 600 third- and fourth-grade children at Campbell Elementary School in Campbell, Jefferson and Willard Elementary Schools in Warren, Struthers Elementary School, Niles Intermediate School, and McKinley Elementary School in Lisbon.
BackPack Programs are designed to ensure that children in the program are not going hungry over the weekends and on holidays when other sources of food are not available.
Each bag distributed contains kid-friendly foods, including items such as microwave cup meals (beef ravioli, macaroni and cheese, etc.); 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 pantries 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.
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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 Peters at 330-792-5522.
Ohio Benefit Bank
The Ohio Benefit Bank is a web-based program that allows trained counselors to work with pantry recipients to determine eligibility for other programs. Ohio Benefit Bank is funded through the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and administered by AmeriCorps volunteers.