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Banks Partner with Second Harvest to Feed Hungry

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two area banks are joining forces with Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley to provide food to those in need as the holiday season approaches.

On Tuesday, Citizens Bank will join Second Harvest for a media event to kick off its holiday food drive for the 12th year with a $10,000 donation. The donation will pay for 2,640 chickens that collectively weigh 13,050 pounds.

Citizens Bank volunteers will prepare and pack food, and load trucks and vans for local hunger relief organizations across its service area. More than a million holiday meals have been served since Citizens Bank launched its Carving Out Hunger program in 2005, according to the bank.

The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley is teaming up with Cortland Bank and Second Harvest to help feed 6 families this holiday season. Because of Cortland Bank’s $5,000 donation, families at Youngstown Community School and Taft Elementary School will receive a Thanksgiving turkey.

“As a community bank, Cortland Bank provides sponsorship funding to organizations, such as the United Way and Second Harvest Food Bank, to affect positive changes within our communities and to enrich the lives of others,” said James M. Gasior, president and CEO, in a statement.

The turkey distributions will be a part of November’s food pantry at each school. They will take place at Taft Elementary on Tuesday and Youngstown Community School Friday. The food pantry and turkeys are only available to students of YCS and Taft Elementary, and are not open to the public.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.