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Many local organizations are helping provide food around the community

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(WKBN) – Many local organizations are helping provide food around the community.

The need is especially great in the area, as people have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you’re looking for help, the following organizations have upcoming food drives planned in the Valley:

Second Harvest food giveaway
Second Harvest will be handing out food at Beaver Local High School in Columbiana County at 11 a.m. August 7.

If you know of a scheduled food giveaway that we haven’t included in our list, email ReportIt@wkbn.com.


The following organizations have ongoing pantries or distributions, or may be able to offer help:

Austintown Community Church’s food giveaway
Every Wednesday and the fourth Saturday of every month, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Austintown Community Church, located at 242 S. Canfield Niles Rd.

Big Reach Center of Hope: 330-533-3278, ext. 501
11767 Lisbon Road, Greenford, OH 44422
Servicing all counties but must request ahead of time. Appointments will be made for the first available Friday beginning at 9 a.m. Applications available here.
Drive-up distributions on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Sept. 18.

Brookfield United Methodist Church: 330-448-1001
6951 Grove Street, Brookfield, OH 44403
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Call ahead for pickup.

Calvary Ministries International food giveaway
1812 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown, OH 44507
From 10 a.m. to noon, the third Tuesday of every month, while supplies last.

Community Action Agency Healthier Pantry: 330-424-4013
7880 Lincole Place, Lisbon, OH 44432
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 12-4 p.m.
Bring ID for proof of residency in Columbiana County.

Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County: 724-981-0353
The warehouse handles the pre-packing of emergency food boxes for area agencies. Call Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. to be referred to the nearest food pantry and free meals in your area.

Mahoning County District St. Vincent DePaul Society: (330) 333-3601
252 E. Wood Street, Youngstown, OH 44505
Open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Must call ahead to schedule a pickup.

Rust City Church distributions: https://rustcity.church/outreach
The church is distributing to-go bags of groceries in the parking lots of its Niles location once a week. Pick up is first-come, first-served. The church can serve about 100 families each time.
The pickup takes place on Wednesdays starting at 6 p.m. at the Eastwood Mall, behind Target.

Salvation Army of Mahoning County: (330) 270-5999
550-698 W Chalmers Ave, Youngstown, OH 44511
For residents of Mahoning County.
Handing out bags of groceries for families from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Salvation Army, Warren Corps: (330) 392-1573
270 Franklin Street S.E., Warren, OH 44483
For residents in Trumbull County. Clients can only receive assistance once a month and must have a photo ID and proof of residence showing current address. Only one application accepted per household.
Monday – Friday: 10 – 11:30 a.m. and Mondays – Thursdays: 1 – 2:45 p.m.

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley
If you are in need of food dial 211 or call in Columbiana and Mahoning counties: (330) 747-2696; Trumbull County: (330) 393-1565. You can also find a list of Second Harvest’s participating agencies here.
Second Harvest is also hosting a traveling food bank through August in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Locations and times can be found here.

Shiloh Full Gospel Church in Girard
Every Sunday, the church provides prepared meals after its morning worship service. These meals can be picked up after service or at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. All orders must be phoned in by that Friday. To place your order, call 330-518-7617.
The church also has a “Sacks of Love” program. If you are in need of groceries, call 330-518-7617 and the church will make arrangments to provide a bag full of groceries.

Veterans Outreach food giveaway
Veterans Outreach in Liberty Township is also holding a food pantry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at its office on Belgrade Avenue. The giveaway is open for veterans only.

Warren Family Mission Food Pantry: (330) 394-5437
1312 West Market Street, Warren, OH 44485
Open Tuesday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. for lunch and dinner to go.

Youngstown Community Food Center: (330) 746-8436
94 Pyatt Street, Youngstown, OH 44502
The food bank is open to anyone on Tuesdays from 9 – 11 a.m.

Youngstown Department of Parks and Recreation grab-and-go meals
Grab and go meals are being offered to children ages 5 to 17.
The giveaways are being held from noon until 1 p.m. at Lynn Park, 1940 Lynn Ave., and at John White Park,. 2300 Kimmel St.
The grab and go meals will be offered Monday through Friday until August 14.

For more information on a food pantry near you, please visit the Help Network’s website.

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