Every day the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley distributes approximately 35,000 pounds of food to 153 hunger relief agencies in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. There are nearly 100,000 people at risk of hunger in our community and over one third of them are children. Unfortunately, the demand keeps growing year after year.
September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide call-to-action effort to mobilize people to get involved with fighting hunger in America. In support of Hunger Action Month, LaFrance Cleaners has partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank and Nemenz IGA/Save-a-Lot Food Markets to create our annual ‘Clean Up Hunger’ month. Throughout September all LaFrance Cleaners and IGA/Save-a-Lot stores will be collecting non-perishable food items at their locations. LaFrance Cleaners will also be accepting monetary donations at their five locations.
Did you know that 1.5 pounds of food provides 1 meal and that $1 provides 4 meals in our Valley? You can do your part for hunger action month by helping us provide at least 10,000 meals for our neighbors who need them.
Here are several ways that you can help:
Bring non-perishable food items into any LaFrance or Nemenz IGA/Save-a-Lot store. We have Second Harvest Food Bank collection boxes available. When you bring a donation into LaFrance Cleaners you can ‘Hang a Shirt’ for hunger and receive a $1 voucher to use on your next incoming order.
Make a monetary donation at any LaFrance Cleaners location. When you make a donation of $1, $5, $10 (or more) you can ‘Hang a Shirt’ for hunger and receive a $1 voucher to use on your next incoming order. You will also be entered into a drawing for $100 in free services from LaFrance with one $100 winner at each location.
Use you credit card to make a donation directly through Second Harvest. You can make a credit card donation directly through Second Harvest by clicking here. Just write “Clean Up Hunger” in the additional comments box at the end of the form to let them know that you are supporting our campaign.
“Like” LaFrance on Facebook. For every new “Like” that we receive on our Facebook page during the month of September, we will donate $1 to Second Harvest.
Hold your very own food and funds drive at you office or with your friends. If you would like us to pick up your donations for delivery to Second Harvest, just give us a call.
Most needed food items:
- Canned Vegetables
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Fruit
- Tuna Fish
- Canned Soup
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Dry Beans
- Dry Pasta
- Canned Chili
- Beef Stew
A third of the hungry in our community our children. This moving segment produced by ABC News profiles child hunger, a major concern both nationwide and here in the Valley.