LISBON - A mobile food pantry will soon be serving Columbiana County, thanks to $17,000 in federal funding received by the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.
Columbiana County Commissioner John Payne, who was invited to attend last week's announcement, said Second Harvest will use the money to purchase and retrofit a box truck that will be used to transport food pantry items to rural, unserved sites within the county.
The mobile pantry will make its first visit to the county from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 13 at the Fellowship of the Beloved Church, Bethesda Road, Franklin Township, and on the second Thursday of each thereafter at the same location.
"They'll bring this huge truck in filled with food, and people who qualify can come to the church," Payne said.
He noted there are already mobile food pantry trucks serving the rural areas of Mahoning and Trumbull counties, "and now we're getting one in Columbiana County."
The money for the truck is a federal grant from the State Appalachian Development Program, which is administered by the Ohio Department of Development.
Second Harvest already has 28 permanent sites in the county where food is distributed on a regular basis, but there are none near some of the rural areas, such as Hanover and Franklin townships, which will being served by the church.
"The mobile pantry will reach residents who are currently without access to emergency food assistance," said Second Harvest Executive Director Mike Iberis, in a news release. "This Community Improvement grant will help ensure that as winter approaches our friends and neighbors in these communities will not have to choose between heating their homes and providing food for their families."