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Second Harvest Distributes 10.6M Pounds of Food in 2017

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley distributed a record 10.6 million pounds of food in 2017, more than 40,000 pounds per day.

“Community support is vital to our work and we are extremely grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support we receive,” said the executive director of Second Harvest, Michael Iberis, in announcing the record distribution.

The food bank distributes food through 148 member agencies, mobile pantries and backpack programs. It also operates 11 pantries in 10 school districts throughout Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, allowing students to take food home with them.

“While we are pleased to achieve a milestone in distribution, we are saddened that so many families, seniors and children have to rely on pantries and soup kitchens for the food they need,” Iberis said. “But we will continue to work to find the resources to fill the need as long as it exists.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.