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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The 7th annual Project: Feed Our Valley campaign is underway and there are some creative ways to donate.

Students at The Chaney Visual and Performing Arts School presented a 'Dance to End Hunger.'

The performance was in collaboration with The Second Harvest Food Bank and each choreographed dance centered around their theme.

"As they were working on their performance pieces, they really thought about what it is to give back to the community and to work towards a good cause," said Performing Arts Coordinator Tracy Vivo.

In exchange for a donated food item, the audience received a dollar off admission. For those paying full price, one dollar was donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

"Because there are people out there, like there's kids even here who doesn't have that much and just to see how much we're helping them out and everything is really a nice thing," said Student/Dancer Asia Jones-Williams.

 

Other creative ideas to give:

- Encourage employees to dress down on Friday's in exchange for a monetary donation to the Food Bank.

- Asking employees to brown bag their lunch and donate their lunch money.

- Ask members of your congregation, club, or your neighbors to fill a grocery bag with most needed items.

- Hold a themed food drive. Examples: Peanut butter and jelly, Holiday Dinner (boxed stuffing, boxed potatoes, green beans and canned yams.)

 

Examples of how the Mahoning Valley gets involved:

- Restaurants are offering a discount with a donation of non-perishable food items.

- Boutiques/Local Retailers are offering discounts with a donation of non-perishable food items.

- Companies are hosting internal food drives with employees- hosting competitions between locations/ and/or departments.

- Churches are giving free admission to special events with a donation of a non-perishable or monetary donation and/ or collecting food and funds from their congregation.

- Schools like Chaney are collecting food and funds in a creative way from special events to classroom competitions.

- Clubs are hosting events to collect food and raise funds i.e.: McDonald Lions Club is hosting the 5th annual 'Feed The Need 5K Run.'

 

Organizations are hosting special holiday events to benefit the Food Bank

- Youngstown Area Community Concert Band and Stambaugh Chorus host 3rd annual Holiday Concert of Giving in December and charge a cash donation to benefit the Food Bank.

- Mahoning Valley Historical Society is collecting non-perishable food items as part of their event "Memories of Christmas past."

- Disciples of Christian Church is hosting 'Journey to Bethlehem' a live Nativity collecting food and funds.

Simple Ways to Donate:

- Stop by any local Sparkle Market and pick up a few items. Drop them in the Project: Feed Our Valley box located in each store.

 

The Second Harvest Food Bank Executive Director Mike Iberis says " the only limitation is your imagination."

"As long as people get fed, as long as the people that are doing the raising of foods and funds are accomplishing their purpose then everybody wins," said Iberis.

 

If you'd like to donate, below is a list of "most needed" items and a link to the Second Harvest Food Bank web site.

Most needed items:

Peanut Butter

Canned vegetables

Tuna fish

Cereal

Dry Pasta

Holiday items:

Stuffing

Instant mashed potatoes

canned yams

Kid-friendly food:

Microwaveable meals

Easy Mac

Fruit cups

Granola bars

Cereal Bowls

 

Monetary Donations:

No amount is too small since for every dollar donated, the food bank can leverage it into $15.00 worth of food for hungry families using their buying power.

 

To make a financial contribution send a check to:

Second Harvest Food Bank

2805 Salt Springs Road

Youngstown, Ohio 44509

or online at: www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org

For information on holding a food drive or to have a collection box dropped off at your company, school or place of worship call the food bank at 330-792-5522.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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