SHAWNEE — As Perry County food pantries continue working hard to meet increased need amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation for Perry County (CFPC) partnered with the Perry County Hunger Relief Fund and Community Food Initiatives (CFI) to fight hunger in the community — while supporting 4-H students at this year’s Perry County fair.

CFPC and the Perry County Hunger Relief Fund, with contributions from CFPC board members, Community Food Initiatives (CFI), and other partners, purchased seven hogs from 4H students at this year’s animal auction.

Following the auction, CFPC and the Perry County Hunger Relief Fund had four hogs processed into one-pound packages through an in-kind donation from Cotterman Brothers Processing, while Bays Packing processed the three hogs purchased through contributions from CFI. CFPC partnered with and then distributed the meat to eight Perry County food pantries.

“This year, supporting the animal auction to advance hunger relief felt particularly important,” said Community Foundation for Perry County board member, Judge Luann Cooperrider. “It helps kids and it helps the community at a time when numbers are way up at the food pantries.”

CFPC was created at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio to serve the Perry County community across the areas of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environmental stewardship, and health and human services. CFPC and its Family of Funds serve as a collective resource for all those looking to create opportunities in Perry County through charitable giving.

Among CFPC’s Family of Funds is the Perry County Hunger Relief Fund, which supports hunger-relief organizations that provide direct services, as well as anti-hunger advocacy organizations serving the Perry County community. While the donation of pork from this year’s animal auction provided short-term resources to Perry County’s food pantries, the Fund aims to provide permanent support to Perry County, and additional support is always needed.

Gifts to the Perry County Hunger Relief Fund and the Community Foundation for Perry County are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance.

To support hunger relief efforts, you can mail donations designated to the Perry County Hunger Relief Fund to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764. Gifts can also be made online at www.AppalachianOhio.org by selecting the Perry County Hunger Relief Fund when donating.

For more information about the Community Foundation for Perry County and ways you can help fight hunger, please visit www.AppalachianOhio.org/CFPC or call 740-753-1111.

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