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Mary Elsass
United Way of Ross County
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Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
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Ross County to join 20-county Hunger Movement

Mid-Ohio Foodbank to launch initiative with local Hunger Summit

Chillicothe, OH (September 22, 2012)

In just eight months, a group of local organizations and churches has worked together to address immediate hunger needs by distributing more than 40 tons of free fresh produce to about 5,000 individuals in low-income households.  

Now, .the Ross County Hunger Summit is inviting the community to join in long-range planning to alleviate hunger in the local community. The Summit is partnering with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank (MOF) in its strategic plan to build a hunger movement across its 20-county service area to help each county optimize its response to hunger. A series of “community conversations” and planning sessions, facilitated by MOF, will be held to identify food needs, barriers, and resources in Ross County. The process also includes interviewing those experiencing hunger, those providing food, and other community organizations to bring a broad diversity of voices into the planning sessions,

“Because the federal government has designated two areas in Ross County as ‘food deserts,’ we must work even harder to help thousands of our fellow citizens who have limited access to healthy food choices at competitive prices,” said Bud Scharfetter, member of the Hunger Summit Steering Committee. ‘By coordinating our food supply and its distribution, we hope to ensure that food is routinely available to our neighbors in need at limited or no cost,” he added.

This special initiative will be launched at the Hunger Summit’s meeting on Tuesday, October 2, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., at the Chillicothe & Ross county Public Library Annex, 146 South Paint Street. All interested groups and individuals are welcome. For planning purposes, those wishing to attend are asked to register by phone call to United Way of Ross County at 773-3280 or email to Traci Harris at, 

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