The United Way of Hancock County board of directors approved six Halt Hunger Initiative grants during the monthly board meeting on Thursday, November 21. This is the second grant cycle since the initiative’s inception in 2011.
YMCA will receive $75,000 for the Feed A Child program; $70,000 for continued support of the program and $5,000 for research and survey efforts to ensure the program is reaching the intended audience and meeting needs in the community.
Christian Clearing House will be receiving $45,000 for the Caring Cupboard program. This program provides food vouchers to those facing food insecurity up to four times per year.
Arcadia Lions Charities will receive $1,000 for support of the Feed the Kids program, which is similar to the Feed-A-Child program in Findlay City Schools. The program is being conducted at Arcadia schools.
Hancock County Ohio State University Extension office will receive $30,000 for funds to provide a nutrition program educator and incentives.
West Ohio Food Bank will receive $60,000 for its food distribution program that serves food charities in Hancock County.
Lutheran Social Services will receive $5,000 for its emergency food pantry which provides a three-day emergency food supply to those facing food insecurity once per month.
The amount granted from the Halt Hunger Initiative totaled $216,000. The United Way of Hancock County has committed $1 million for five years, to eradicate hunger in Hancock County.
John Urbanski, president and CEO of United Way of Hancock County said, “The $1 million commitment is meant to be seed money for the process of eliminating hunger through community collaboration. It will take the whole community to accomplish our goal.”
The initiative is partially funded with money raised through the local United Way. United Way is also seeking funding through individuals, corporate donations and grants from state and federal agencies and private foundations.
United Way’s Halt Hunger Initiative works to mobilize the community and research, identify and promote long-term solutions to Hancock County's hunger problem. For more information about the work of United Way or the Halt Hunger Initiative visit http://LiveUnitedHancockCounty.org or contact the office at 419-423-1432.