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Second Harvest Food Bank serves up gratitude

To the editor:

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley would like to publicly thank the Arby’s Car Cruise and The Cruisin’ Crew in Columbiana County for their generosity and support.

Over the past two years, they collected and donated $32,866 to food bank member agencies in Columbiana County including Bethel Food Pantry in Beloit, Oasis Food Pantry in Columbiana, Salvation Army East Liverpool, First Church of Christ East Palestine, St. Patrick Church in Leetonia, Lisbon First United Methodist Church, Community Concerns Abundant Life Fellowship in New Waterford, Salem Salvation Army, Southern Community Center in Salineville and Food For Friends in Winona. All funds raised were placed in the accounts of the 10 food pantries listed above.

The Cruisin’ Crew established their fund at the Salem Community Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization with the mission to improve the quality of life in Salem and the surrounding area. They closed the account and disbanded the group on Nov. 11, 2017, as many are now retired and some are struggling with serious health conditions. They attempted to find a group or individuals to assume the mission, but to date, no one has stepped forward.

According to Gene Johnson, organizer, The Cruisin’ Crew, they held over 300 events through the years and donated 100 percent of the profits to the various charities. The group provided over 2,000,000 pounds of food for residents of Alliance, North Jackson and the communities of Columbiana County. They also held fundraising events for kidney transplants, cancer research, multiple sclerosis and for victims of vehicle accidents. Second Harvest Food Bank joins the residents and the recipients of the food in Columbiana County in extending thanks for the hard work, dedication and extreme generosity of the members of The Cruisin’ Crew.

Mr. Johnson said, “The Lord’s work is never done, and I will still find a way to try and do his work by raising money for those folks in need.”

We look forward to continue working with him in this important endeavor.


Resource Development Manager, Youngstown


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