After learning that nearly 17% of Erie County residents were food insecure, the Erie County Community Foundation devoted $40,000 in 2018 towards helping our nonprofit community increase their services to those who utilize food pantries and hot meal programs.
$32,000 was awarded to OHgo, a mobile food pantry that takes a converted food truck into Sandusky’s most vulnerable neighborhoods to deliver healthy food, books and access to services such as Peds on Wheels. With the grant OHgo was able to secure staffing in order to devote more time to providing services and add an additional pantry per month, meaning an additional 400 individuals or 130 families served.
$8,000 was awarded to Boys & Girls Club of Erie County who utilized funds to feed children a hot meal during the summer months when school and club activities cease, leaving children without access to free lunches and dinner after school.
Moving forward, the Foundation has made fighting food insecurity a priority and hopes to continue helping our nonprofits increase their capacity to serve our hungry neighbors.