Second Harvest Food Bank continues traveling pantry as need increases

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Second Harvest Food Bank is continuing to host traveling food pantries this summer as they anticipate an increase in need

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Second Harvest Food Bank is continuing to host traveling food pantries this summer as they anticipate an increase in need.

Second Harvest is one of the major organizations helping fill the food void during the coronavirus pandemic. It has partnered with many local agencies to help distribute food and is running traveling food pantries across Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

Director Mike Iberis said they have seen a 30 to 40% increase in food requests since the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent stay-at-home order.

The agency typically services 12,000 to 13,000 people each week and that number has increased to about 20,000.

“We’ve seen a significant jump, and we can attribute all of that to layoffs and to the job losses,” Iberis said.

Even with the state opening back up and the stay-at-home order lifted, Iberis said the need will continue, which is why they are extending the traveling food bank through August, focusing on supporting summer school food programs as well community distributions.

“The scope is large and there are thousands and thousands of kids that are finding themselves in the summertime without meals that they are providing in schools. So for that home life, it needs to be supplemented in many cases with extra food,” Iberis said.

Second Harvest is working with about 48 schools across Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties to distribute needed food.

On Thursday, the traveling food bank was at Warren G. Harding High School. Organizers say they opened up 90 minutes early because of the demand.

The Army National Guard helped distribute food items like potatoes, apples and milk. A couple of out-of-town Air Force reservists also traveled here to help out.

Other distributions from the traveling food bank will be held at the following locations and times:

Summer 2020 Food Distributions ​(Dates and locations are subject to change and additional distributions may be added)

  • June 8 – Traveling Food Pantry, Wellsville High School (11 a.m. start)
  • June 9 – Mobile Pantry – Mecca Community Church, Cortland, ((:30 a.m. start)
  • June 10 – Traveling Food Pantry – Struthers High School (11 a.m. start)
  • June 11 – Mobile Pantry – Fellowship of the Beloved, Hanoverton, (9:30 a.m. start)
  • June 12 – Mobile Pantry, Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, Beloit, (9:30 a.m. start)
  • June 13 – Mobile Pantry, Old Liberty High School, (9 a.m. start)
  • June 15 – Traveling Food Pantry – McDonald Local Schools, (11 a.m. start)
  • ​​June ​​18 – Traveling Food Panty, Harding High School (11 a.m. start)
  • June ​​24 – Traveling Food Pantry, Struthers High School (11 a.m. start)​​
  • July ​​6 – Traveling Food Pantry, Maplewood High School (11 a.m. start)
  • July ​​8 – Traveling Food Pantry, Struthers High School (11 a.m. start)​​
  • July 9 – Mobile Pantry, Fellowship of the Beloved, Hanoverton (9:30 a.m. start)
  • July ​​10 – Mobile Pantry, Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, Beloit (9:30 a.m. start)​​
  • July 11 – Mobile Pantry, Old Liberty High School (9 a.m. start)
  • July ​​14 – Mobile Pantry, Mecca Community Church, Cortland (9:30 a.m. start)
  • July ​​16 – Traveling Food Pantry, Harding High School (11 a.m. start)​​
  • July 22 – Traveling Food Pantry, Struthers High School (11 a.m. start)
  • ​​August ​​3 – Traveling Food Pantry, Maplewood High School (11 a.m. start)
  • August ​​8 – Mobile Pantry, Old Liberty High School (9 a.m. start)
  • August ​​11 – Mobile Pantry, Mecca Community Church, Cortland (9:30 a.m. start)
  • August ​​12 – Traveling Food Pantry, Struthers High School (11 a.m. start)​​
  • August 13 – Mobile Pantry, Fellowship of the Beloved, Hanoverton (9:30 a.m. start)
  • August ​​14 – Mobile Pantry, Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, Beloit (9:30 a.m. start)

Please contact Second Harvest Food Bank at 330-792-5522 with questions and to confirm locations and times.

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