United Way, Muransky Family Host Satur-Day of Caring

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In an effort to feed senior citizens and families in Mahoning County, the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley and the Muransky family is launching the Satur-Day of Caring initiative.

The first delivery is sent for April 25. Beginning at 9 a.m., volunteers at 100 DeBartolo Place will pack food and will deliver it to 110 homes, according to a press release. Deliveries will start at 10 a.m. The Muransky family is providing the funding, volunteers and the space for the initiative.

“We are so happy to partner with the United Way to help fill this void in our community,” said Ed Muransky of the Muransky Companies. “Our family is committed to making a difference.”

Efforts will continue every Saturday with volunteers delivering food to shut-ins, seniors and families across Mahoning County, particularly those who have no transportation to get to food pantries or grocery stores, according to the release.

“We want to focus on individuals and families who are at risk and should not be out in the public due to COVID-19. We want to make sure they stay safe. So that is where we step in, bringing them food and essentials,” said Bob Hannon, president of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. “Our United Way has the relationships with the nonprofit community and a great base of volunteers to get this done.” 

The initiative is referral only, and the United Way is working with funded partner agencies and community partners for referrals for individuals who have the greatest need.

PNC Bank is also providing funding for the Satur-Day of Caring initiative.

“Like many communities across the country, the Mahoning Valley is experiencing an unprecedented amount of hardship and hunger due to COVID-19,” said Ted Schmidt, PNC regional president for Youngstown. “We’re proud to be part of this effort to help prevent hunger right here in our neighborhoods.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.