The Food for the Hungry Board of Directors has announced a
summer grant program for churches and non-profit organizations in an effort to
provide additional food assistance when need may be greater for families with
children home from school.
“We recognize all the food pantries in Knox County see an increase in requests during
the summer months while children are on break. This summer grant program will
provide some funding to those who have been filling the need and to those who are
gearing up for the start of the school year,” said Samantha Scoles, FFTH president.
Organizations may request up to $2,000 for programs that will provide food
distribution through Oct. 1. Groups that provide assistance outside the traditional Mid-
Ohio Food Bank income guidelines are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications
can be filled out by visiting www.foodforthehungrycares.org. The application process
opens on Monday, July 15, at 5 p.m., and ends at noon on Monday, July 29. Awards
will be announced no later than Monday, Aug. 5.
“What a blessing it is to be able to offer summer grants for the second year,” said Lisa
Mazzari, FFTH drive coordinator. “Our community has made this possible by the
generosity shown once again in the 2018 Food For The Hungry drive. This is not only
an opportunity to show our family and friends that we care during the holiday season,
but all year long. We are honored to have an opportunity to assist organizations who
are standing in the gap of food insecurity in Knox County in so many unique ways.”
The 2018 Food for the Hungry campaign raised $281,005.19 and more than 26
truckloads of food. The Salvation Army and Interchurch Social Services are each
allocated 42 percent of the campaign goal each year. Additional funds allocated in
•Over $30,000 in grants were awarded during the Dec. 8, 2018 live broadcast;
•A $10,000 grant to The Salvation Army to help make necessary upgrades to the dock
area to make food delivery a much easier process; and
•$1,620 grant to Interchurch Social Services to cover the 2019 costs of rent and
utilities for the agency’s newest pantry in Bladensburg.
“Because Knox County continues to invest in Food For The Hungry, we are able to
reinvest the donations we receive above and beyond our goal to contribute to other
food-based initiatives,” said Scoles. “These additional funds make it possible for us to
also support projects like the Salvation Army’s dock repair and Interchurch’s
Bladensburg panty and store.”
For more information on the grant application process, contact Food for the Hungry
Coordinator Lisa Mazzari at 740-481-2444.
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