Southeastern Ohio Food Bank
In September 1996, Hocking Athens Perry Community Action opened the newly built Southeastern Ohio Regional Food Center in an effort to wage war against hunger in Appalachian Ohio.
Located at 1005 CIC Drive in Logan, Ohio, this unique, state-of-the-art facility houses two vital feeding programs for men, women and children throughout southeastern Ohio:
- Southeastern Ohio Food Bank
- Senior nutrition central kitchen
How does a food bank work?
Southeastern Ohio Food Bank is a large warehouse operation that receives surplus food donations from the government, major food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.
The food is distributed to charitable feeding organizations (food pantries and soup kitchens) throughout 10 counties in southeastern Ohio. Either these organizations can pick up the food or it can be delivered. Once delivered, the organizations distribute the food throughout their communities to those most in need.
The 10 county-service area includes:
Over 120 food pantries, soup kitchens and congregate meal sites in southeastern Ohio get the food they distribute from the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank. Our mission is to channel surplus food to those who do not have enough, with a goal of making a positive difference in their lives.
During the summer, the food bank has produce farmers markets where surplus fresh vegetables and fruits are given at no cost to income-eligible members of the community. This food is obtained through the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program, which pays farmers for their surplus crops. This means that the farmers are paid and the hungry get healthy, fresh foods that might not be an option otherwise.
It is estimated that nearly 97 billion pounds of edible food are wasted each year by Americans, and that approximately 30 million Americans are in danger of going hungry.
Southeastern Ohio Food Bank has the resources to receive some of that edible food that would have otherwise been wasted, from growers, manufacturers, retailers and processors, in order to distribute it to local charitable agencies and to those struggling with food insecurity.
In 2010, the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank supplied over 7.5 million pounds of food to those on the front lines helping families meet their basic food needs.
Southeastern Ohio Food Bank is one of 196 Second Harvest Regional Food banks throughout the United States and Puerto Rico affiliated with the national organization Feeding America. The food bank also is one of 12 food banks affiliated with the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks (OASHF).
The mission of Feeding America and Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks is to assist the nation and Ohio’s food banks in providing food and other resources to people in need and to pursue areas of common interest for the benefit of people in need.
These entities help purchase and distribute surplus food from farmers and corporations, advocate to state and federal lawmakers and get the nation and Ohio involved in the fight against hunger.
Senior Nutrition Central KitchenThe senior nutrition central kitchen is a state-of-the-art facility providing the following food:
- Daily meals for our Meals-on-Wheels program to the homebound elderly and to three senior dining sites, two in Athens County and one in Hocking County;
- Fresh, nutritious meals for our Summer Feeding program; and
- Daily lunches and snacks for our six Head Start centers.
Our permanent staffs as well as work-study students from Hocking College and Tri County Adult Career Center prepare the meals.
It also plays a vital role in our Empty Bowls fundraiser, supplying the soup, desserts and other necessary items for the annual event to fight hunger!
Area potters donate handmade bowls for the annual event, which features soup, dessert and a drink for a $10 donation per person. The bowl is a keepsake to take home for people to remember to continue the fight against hunger throughout the year.