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Second Harvest's mobile food pantry feeds 650 Northeast Ohio families in need

Food was distributed in a drive-thru style set-up which provided a safe, contactless way to get people the food that they needed.
Credit: Columbia Gas

ELYRIA, Ohio — As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, so has the need for food and assistance across Ohio.

On Thursday, Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio and Columbia Gas joined forces to help feed those in need.

Through a mobile pantry, volunteers helped provide food to 650 and families in Elyria. Food was distributed in a drive-thru style set-up which provided a safe, contactless way to get people the food that they needed.

Second Harvest has held several food distribution events throughout the pandemic.  As cases of Coronavirus increase, organizers say they have seen a 40% increase in demand for assistance across their four county service area.

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“Like many community organizations and nonprofits, we had to rapidly adjust our protocols and procedures at the onset of COVID-19,” said Susan Bartosch, Director of External Affairs for Second Harvest Food Bank. “We appreciate our strong partnership with Columbia Gas and all the other community partners who have helped our team scale and sustain a no-touch mobile pantry distribution model that continues to serve thousands of local families each week.”

Second Harvest serves Lorain, Huron, Erie and Crawford counties.