NEW LEXINGTON — The Southeastern Ohio Foodbank will be hosting a mobile food distribution set up for Perry County residents on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Perry County Fairgrounds located at 5445 state Route 37 E., New Lexington.
Food and items will be given to income eligible families who are below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty guidelines, as well as proof of being a Perry County resident.
The Southeastern Ohio Foodbank has been organizing outreach events assisting local families for the past four to five years. With no pre-registration, families can go to the Perry County Fairgrounds, with proper identification, to get locally donated food products. Last year, the Regional Foodbank served around 200 families who were in need of food.
Food items can vary as most of the food that is collected come from local businesses and individuals. While donations can vary, families can hope to see and obtain most of the basic and necessary food items ideal for families.
“It just depends on what we can get — what we can source at the time,” HAPCAP employee Nancy Henderson told The Perry County Tribune. “Usually it involves produce, some shelf stable items, milk... the food varies.”
The Southeastern Ohio Foodbank is a program under the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Program. It is located at HAPCAP’s regional food center where it has been assisting those who are hungry in various communities in southeast Ohio. The foodbank works with federal, state and local organizations as well as community members. It provides food to over 70 food pantries, soup kitchens and congregate food sites.
The Southeastern Ohio Foodbank provides food services to areas including Athens, Hocking, Lawrence, Morgan, Vinton, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Perry and Washington.
The Southeastern Ohio Foodbank is a warehouse affair which receives surplus food donations from the government, other major food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Once food is collected, it is distributed to charitable organizations throughout ten counties in Southeastern Ohio. Charitable entities can either have food delivered to specific locations of it can be picked up. Food donations are used to help many programs who are geared towards assisting the elderly, disabled and children who struggle with food insecurity.
The HAPCAP food bank is one of 196 Second Harvest Regional Food banks throughout the United States and Puerto Rico as it is affiliated with Fooding America, a national organization.