Second Harvest Distributes Record 10.5M Pounds of Food

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley distributed a record 10.5 million pounds of food last year in the Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

“We thank the many financial and food donors, volunteers, foundations, corporations, schools and organizations that were instrumental in helping us distribute more than 40,000 pounds of food each day from our warehouse,” said Mike Iberis, executive director, in a release. “Community support is vital to our work and we are extremely grateful and humbled by the outpouring we receive.”

Second Harvest provided food through 148 member agencies, mobile pantires and backpack programs, Iberis added. It also began a school pantry program, which allowed students to take food home at the end of each day, and a program for seniors to serve “the poorest of the poor,” he added.

“While we are pleased to achieve a milestone in distribution, we are saddened that so many families, senior 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.”

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