YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Second Harvest Food Bank had a record year in 2014 for distribution in the tri-county area with 9.5 million pounds of food.
That is 500,000 more pounds than last year.
The food bank always gets an influx of donations during the holidays, but the need is all year round. It gets 15,000 requests for food assistance every week.
“Now we will be working toward our spring campaign, which takes place in March and April. It is called Harvest for Hunger and we are looking for companies, schools and organizations to contact us to get involved in that campaign so we can start raising money for the summer months,” Becky Miller of Second Harvest Food Bank said.
Second Harvest sees an increase in families needing its assistance in the winter when they are forced to choose between feeding their family and heating their home.
“We also see another big jump in the summer when the kids are home from school because 53 percent of the kids in the Valley are receiving free and reduced lunch so during the summer, they are not getting that free breakfast, free lunch,” Miller said.
For every dollar donated, the food bank can give out $15 worth of food.