Foodbank officers say one in six individuals is now going through meals insecurity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AKRON, Ohio — With extra individuals going through meals insecurity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s an ongoing want for extra assist proper right here in Northeast Ohio.
The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is launching its 30th annual Harvest for Starvation marketing campaign with a particular digital kickoff set for Wednesday morning. There’s additionally an identical present problem, which suggests all on-line donations made now via Feb. 19 shall be matched as much as $25,500. You may make a donation HERE.
“If the match problem is met, it is going to assist present the equal of 204,000 meals for the area people,” officers stated in a press launch.
Dan Flowers, President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, stated the restoration course of from the affect of this pandemic might take years.
“The group was tremendously beneficiant in its help of our community’s hunger-relief efforts,” Flowers stated. “Due to this, we’ve a novel alternative to fulfill the pressing wants of this second, proceed our emergency COVID-19 response and restoration efforts and confront the challenges forward.”
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The Foodbank stated it is also capable of waive all shared charges for its community of hunger-relief companions this yr.
“The Foodbank’s investments will present greater than $4.three million in extra meals and capability on to its hunger-relief companions,” officers stated.
The Foodbank stated meaning they are going to be distribute greater than $40 million value of meals and important objects for gratis to charities this yr.
“The Foodbank and its companions have all the time shared the price of procuring, storing and distributing meals to the group, with the Foodbank incurring the vast majority of the bills,” officers stated. “However due to the group’s generosity in 2020 and the large help of the Harvest for Starvation Marketing campaign, the Foodbank is ready to waive these charges, permitting meals packages to spend money on their capability and different sources to raised serve the group.”
3News’ Matt Standridge was featured within the Foodbank’s grocery store problem in a part of the marketing campaign launch.
Editor’s be aware: Video within the participant above was initially printed on Feb. 25, 2020.