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Halt Hunger Templin Matching Grant Goal Met

United Way of Hancock County announced it met the Templin matching grant for the second year, raising $35,000 for the Halt Hunger Initiative’s 2014 calendar year. Don and Carrie Templin, funders of the matching grant, announced in November 2013 that they will provide a dollar-for-dollar match to the Initiative for the next five years, up to $35,000 each year. The funds are being used for the Halt Hunger Initiative which is a community collaborative effort working on alleviating hunger in Hancock County.

"This is the first time our United Way has received this type of incentive grant in the history of our operation. We are thrilled to meet the goal ahead of schedule. Although there are less food insecure individuals and families since the initiative began, we encourage donors to continue to give to the Halt Hunger Initiative fund to completely close the gap on food insecurity in Hancock County,” said John Urbanski, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Hancock County.

Currently, the Halt Hunger Initiative advisory board is researching root causes of hunger locally and is looking at innovative and alternative ways to address the community’s food insecure families. To contribute to the Halt Hunger Initiative, which funds programs such as Feed-A-Child (a weekend food program), local food pantries and more, visit http://liveunitedhancockcounty.org. Donors can also mail contributions to United Way of Hancock County, 245 Stanford Pkwy, Findlay, Ohio 45840.

The mission of the Halt Hunger Initiative is to mobilize the community to research, identify, implement and promote long-term sustainable solutions to the problem of hunger in Hancock County. United Way of Hancock County started the Halt Hunger Initiative in October of 2011.

For more information about the Halt Hunger Initiative, contact Heather Heilman at heather.heilman@uwhancock.org or call 419-423-1432.