Appalachia office provides grant for mobile food pantry

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COLUMBUS — The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is getting a boost from the governor’s Office of Appalachia.

Jason Wilson, director of the governor’s Office of Appalachia, announced Aug. 27 the food bank has received a $17,000 Community Improvement Grant from the State Appalachian Development Program.

Mobile pantry

The grant will help Second Harvest launch its mobile food pantry program in Columbiana County.

The Community Improvement Grant will help the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley purchase a refurbished box truck and equipment that will be used for delivering food to mobile food pantry sites in Columbiana County.

The first mobile pantry distribution will take place Sept. 13, at Fellowship of the Beloved in Hanoverton in Franklin Township from 10 a.m. – noon, and on the second Thursday of each month thereafter.

The mobile food pantry program is designed to get food to hungry individuals and families in areas that do not have access to one of the food bank’s member organizations.

The State Appalachian Development Program is administered by the Ohio Department of Development’s Office of Community Development.

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