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Our Community Hunger Center serves record number in 2016

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: January 18, 2017 12:00 AM

TWINSBURG -- Because of tremendous support from the Twinsburg community, Terry Piteo, director of operations at Our Community Hunger Center on Ravenna Road in Twinsburg, reports that the OCHC was able to serve nearly 15,000 area residents with food assistance in 2016.

These numbers are provided courtesy of the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank, of which OCHC is a member agency.

"This is more than twice the number OCHC served in 2015. Of these, 5,685 people were provided a monthly 7-day supply of nutritious food that included beef, poultry, non-perishable food items, fresh vegetables and household and hygiene items," Piteo said. "In addition to the 7-day supply of food, recipients are able to visit the center weekly for bakery, bread and fresh produce in season."

Piteo says that 346 local residents participated in OCHC's "Adopt a Family" Christmas program.

"This was only possible because of the combined efforts of many concerned residents and 125 local businesses, organizations, schools and churches," Piteo said. "Some made monetary donations. Some conducted food drives. Some bought gifts for the children. And some did all."

According to Piteo, 2017 is going to be another challenging year. Particularly concerning, he says, is that 30 percent of those served are children; 20 percent are seniors; and 20 percent are single-family households.

"Having said that, we feel very optimistic that with continued community support, we will be able to continue to provide a monthly 7-day supply to local residents compared to 3 day supply provided by most other area-food pantries," Piteo said.

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