Serving up Sustainability: Local Initiatives Fight Hunger
Posted 2017-08-25 by MCF
Food insecurity is a reality for
our area and many surrounding areas of Appalachia. To address area needs, food
pantries must be able to stock the necessities on a regular basis. While
donations from community members are always needed and appreciated, they are
Several local nonprofits have made
the fight against hunger their long-term mission. The Marietta Community
Foundation recently finished approving applications in this year’s first grant
cycle. The grants awarded benefit area nonprofit organizations who address a
variety of community needs.
Among the recipients were the
Marietta Community Food Pantry and Community Food Initiatives who both received
funding approval for initiatives centered on combatting hunger in the area. The
Marietta Community Food Pantry will use funds to create food kits for the
homeless. The kits will consist of non-perishable goods that do not require
tools to open.
Resources are often difficult to
locate by those in need. Through Community Food Initiatives, the Sisters Health
Foundation, the Marietta Community Foundation, and so many more are joining
together to form the Southeast Ohio Foodlink, a people-centered solution to
hunger in 10 Ohio counties. Based on WV Foodlink, the Southeast Ohio Foodlink
will help connect a variety of local resources, federal programs and other
initiatives to combine efforts and increase access to needed services.
The initiative expands the reach of
necessary services and creates a sustainable resource that meets today’s needs
while anticipating future needs. While the addition of the Southeast Ohio Foodlink
will help connect community members to fresh, healthy food in their vicinity,
it will not replace the need for regular access to non-perishable items
supplied by their local food pantries.
its many donors and partnerships, the Marietta Community Foundation is able to
assist initiatives both small and large. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
has supported our area pantries for nearly a decade. Through an endowed fund,
the food pantries get quarterly monies they use to purchase staple food items.
“The annual donation
from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is hugely important to our area
pantries,” said Heather Allender, President and CEO of the Marietta Community
Foundation. “Dominion Energy is a sustaining contributor to our local food
pantries. Their annual contribution will only grow in importance once the
Foodlink is established as more of those in need will be able to access the
fight against hunger is a long-term battle that needs a network of likeminded
partners and donors who can ensure a future of support. Partnerships with other
donors and nonprofits help pool resources to build a vast support network,
while the generosity of donors, like the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation,
ensures the continued availability of resources.