Feeding Southeast Ohio
The Southeast Ohio Foodbank serves ten counties including Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Vinton, and Washington. These counties face some of the high rates of food insecurity in Ohio. We know that having access to nutritious food is vital to the health of individuals and communities.
We supply fresh produce, protein, and shelf-stable food to our network of 70 food pantries. These organizations order food and other supplies, such as personal care and hygiene products from the foodbank and then distribute them directly to those in need within their community. We never charge for the supplies we provide. But pantries help cover the cost of operations by paying maintenance and delivery fees. Thanks in part to the funds raised by this year's Bounty on the Bricks, we've been able to waive those fees through the end of 2022.
The COVID Cliff
We're so grateful for the support we received from the public and private sectors during the worst days of the pandemic. It allowed us to provide a safety net for families facing extraordinary circumstances.
Although the pandemic has faded from the news coverage, it's still having a huge impact on our work. We face the most severe food shortages that we've seen in years due to supply chain issues and rising costs. At the same time, we've seen 58% increase in people coming to us for help since the start of this year. Sadly, both public and private sector support have diminished as the country tries to move on from the pandemic.
We hope you'll continue to stand with us as we work to feed families in Southeast Ohio.