The United Way of Hancock County board of directors approved eight Halt Hunger Initiative grants during the monthly board meeting on Thursday, November 20.
The Hancock County Agency on Aging will receive $20,000 for the purchase of a vehicle to promote the expansion of their Mobile Meals program into the county. Mobile Meals delivers up to two nutritious meals on weekdays to those unable to prepare their own meals and is delivered with the assistance of volunteers.
Recognizing that a cancer diagnosis often creates unexpected expenses in the home and that optimum nutrition is vital to their recovery process, Cancer Patient Services will receive $20,000 for its nutritional supplement program. Individuals with a cancer diagnosis or in treatment are able to acquire free nutritional supplements in the forms of drinks or pudding.
Christian Clearing House is receiving $50,000 for its Caring Cupboard program. This program provides food vouchers four times a year for needy families or individuals who qualify for the help.
Findlay Hope House’s Getting Further Ahead program is receiving $8,400 or $350 per student, for its occupation-based program aimed at empowering individuals who live in poverty to maximize their food resources.
Lutheran Social Services of Findlay will receive $5,000 for their Emergency Food pantry.
Ohio State Extension will receive $15,000 of continued support of the Extension’s Food and Nutrition Educator.
Salvation Army will receive $55,000 for its Emergency Food Pantry.
West Ohio Food Bank will receive $65,000 for its food distribution program that serves local member charities such as CHOPIN Hall, Lutheran Social Services, Salvation Army and other pantries in the Hancock County area by providing deeply discounted food.
The amount granted from the Halt Hunger Initiative totaled $238,400.
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.