United Way, Second Harvest start mobile Youngstown food bank

youngstown ohio mobile food bank

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – United Way and the Second Harvest Food Bank have teamed up to start a new mobile food pantry.

The idea is to make it easier for families to get access to the food they need.

The mobile pantry will visit Mill Creek Children’s Center and the Youngstown Community School once a month.

“The idea of a mobile food pantry — the first of its kind in the Mahoning¬† Valley — is something other food banks throughout the nation have attempted to do and started doing. We found there’s a correlation between hungry kids and hungry families,” said Second Harvest Food Bank Director Michael Iberis.

The first food giveaway took place on Friday.

Belinda Blackmon, who is on a fixed income with a grandson is in the second grade, said the mobile food pantry is a huge help.

“When people such as United Way and Harvest Food Bank step in, it’s giving families a chance to provide for their kids and grandkids, where as we don’t have the income to do it,” she said.

Cortland Banks will donate a Thanksgiving turkey to 240 families at both schools. Cortland Banks President and CEO James Gasior says it is part of the company’s duty to lend a helping hand.

“One of our key responsibilities is to become stewards in our communities — get our people, our employees, directors involved and to give back for many causes,” he said.

Every third Friday of each month, families can pick up a box of food at the school their children attend.

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