The Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant of $28,890 from the ProMedica Advocacy Fund to United Way of Hancock County’s Halt Hunger Initiative.
The funds will be used to purchase a 16-foot refrigerated truck to transport fresh, shelf-stable, refrigerated and frozen food.
The truck will be made available to agencies and organizations meeting the needs of the food insecure in Hancock County. Expansion of summer meal sites and the Feed-A-Child backpack program as well as increasing food recovery efforts for other local organizations are among the intended uses.
“We have seen many opportunities when good food is available but we lack the ability to transport it to the right place in a timely manner. This truck will be a great asset to our community,” said Heather Heilman, program/grants coordinator for United Way.
The total truck cost is approximately $62,482 with the remainder of the funds needed coming from a grant from the Marathon Classic Golf Tournament and Halt Hunger Initiative funds.
American Cancer Society, Blanchard Valley Health System
Blanchard Valley Health System was selected as an American Cancer Society’s Division Citation Award recipient, which recognizes the efforts of organizations providing outstanding cooperation in carrying out cancer control activities and the overall mission of the American Cancer Society.
An award ceremony will be held at noon Wednesday at the Blanchard Valley Regional Cancer Center.
Blanchard Valley Health System received the award for enacting efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening for its employees by reducing or eliminating out-of-pocket costs related to the screening.
Blanchard Valley Health System was one of only four recipients of the award across the East Central division, comprising Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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