Taste of the Valley raises money for Second Harvest

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — An event at Stambaugh Auditorium on Sunday raised enough money for Second Harvest Food Bank to provide 300,000 meals for hungry people.

Two dozen restaurants served up some of their best dishes for the 22nd annual Taste of the Valley.

Five hundred people attended the event, raising more than $40,000and making it the most successful Taste of the Valley.

The money raised will help get more food on pantry shelves in the tri-county area.

“With the increase in childhood hunger and more and more senior citizens showing up pantries, it’s more important than ever that people look at ways to support the hungry neighbors and friends that we have,” said Mike Iberis, executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Second Harvest reported a 14 percent increase of emergency food assistance in 2012 in the three counties it serves, Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana.

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