Kids food pantry planned

SALEM –The Brightside Project will launch a program to help tackle the issue of childhood hunger in the community by hosting its first Food Giveaway for Kids from 5 to 7 p.m. today at The Brightside Project headquarters, 138 S. Broadway Ave.

The Brightside Project team is aiming to reach kids ages 3-15 years old who experience food insecurity. The non-profit will offer a choice food pantry just for kids to choose food items they like to eat to take home. All foods offered will be child-friendly and non-perishable including; soups, granola bars, juice boxes, crackers and more. The Brightside Project has partnered with Salem First Friends Church which donated the granola bars and juice boxes and Charles Rishel of Simply the Deals who helped provide other food items.

“We’re really excited to launch this program in Columbiana County. These kids need to know that as a community, we’re here to help and we care. This is a fun way that allows us to meet their basic needs and show them a brightside,” Brightside Project Co-Director Lisa Wallace said.

Children in attendance must be accompanied by a guardian who can provide proof of Columbiana County residency as well as qualifying income such as the medical card, food assistance award letter or pay stubs.

For more information or to donate please visit www.brightsideprojectohio.org or call 234-564-0148.

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