Citizen’s Bank aids hunger fight
HANOVERTON — September is Hunger Action Month and Citizens Bank joined the movement on Sept. 14 by volunteering their time to distribute boxes of food and fresh produce to families in need through the Mobile Pantry program in Columbiana County. On Hunger Action Day (Sept. 14) not only did Citizens Bank give their time distributing boxes of food and fresh produce to families in need, but they also made the announcement of a $10,000 gift to ensure the Mobile Pantry program is funded for an entire year.
The Mobile Pantry program brings food to seniors and families that live in underserved areas in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The food bank sends a truck with boxes of non-perishable food items, prepared by volunteers, along with fresh fruits and vegetable when available to a designated site in each county once a month. The Columbiana County Mobile Pantry program operates the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at Fellowship of the Beloved Church in Hanoverton.
“The Mobile Pantry program in Hanoverton fills approximately 200 requests for food each month. This generous gift from Citizens Bank will ensure that the families benefiting from this program will be fed for an entire year and for that we are grateful,” said Michael Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.
“Hunger exists in every community with many families struggling to put food on the table daily,” said Ralph Della Ratta, president, Citizens Bank, Ohio. “Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley does incredible work to help get food to our community neighbors and we are proud to provide them the support to help make this happen. Hunger Action Month should be a call for all of us to make a long-term commitment to ending hunger.”
Citizens Bank’s year-round Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger effort is part of the bank’s broader Citizens Helping Citizens program, which addresses four key areas: hunger, economic development, financial education and volunteerism. Get more information about Citizens Bank’s community initiatives online. During Hunger Action Month the bank will hold food drives throughout the communities it serves and colleagues will be donating non-perishable food items to help stock shelves of local food programs.