Despite some positives on the economic front, hunger continues to hit our community hard.
According to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, one in six people and one in four children are at risk of not having enough food in our community. 15.8% of people in Northwest Ohio do not have reliable access to enough nutritious food to lead healthy lives.
That's why 13abc, the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Dave White Chevrolet and Cedar Point are teaming up for another year of the Hope for the Hungry Food Drive.
The food drive ends Sunday, June 30, but people in our community battle hunger every day of the year.
Alexander Reau used to be homeless and hungry in Toledo.
"I would have to go days without food sometimes," said Reau.
Reau lived at the Cherry Street Mission for two years, seeing people from all walks of life in line.
"I would see people that had homes but were struggling to be able to afford to eat something just come here and get food," said Reau.
Darroll Krueger, a case in point, eating food out of dumpsters while homeless for seven months.
The mission serves three meals a day to about 1,000 people every day.
"Every single meal that's here represents a life being changed," said Max Lambdin, Senior VP of Mission Advancement.
Suzie Miller serves food at the Cherry Street Mission. She previously volunteered at the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.
"It's kind of mind-boggling to me we even have this issue because you see somebody on every street corner asking for food...in some small part I hope I can, you know, try to change that," said Miller.
Most people think to donate food around the holidays, but the President and CEO of the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, James Caldwell, says hunger knows no season.
"When school is out that key meal source in terms of school lunches is no longer available so now we need to have more food now more than ever before to be able to address what we perceive to be dry spots during the summer time," said Caldwell.
The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank provides food and groceries to more than eight counties in Northwestern Ohio, including: Lucas, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams and Wood. The food bank has distributed more than 100,000,000 pounds of food since 1984. Last year, alone, the food bank provided more than 8.5 million meals.
Right now, you can donate non-perishable or canned goods to help feed families in Northwest Ohio. The food bank also helps provide non-food and personal care items, so those donations are also welcome. Even a donation of $1 helps by providing five meals to people in need in Northwest Ohio.
Anyone can help families in our community by dropping off donations at one of three locations between now and June 30, 2019:
4247 Dorr St.
Toledo, Ohio 43607
Dave White Chevrolet
5880 Monroe St,
Sylvania, OH 43560
Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
24 East Woodruff Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604
There will also be a drive-thru donation event at Dave White Chevrolet on Friday, June 14. 13abc anchor and reporter Kristian Brown will host the event. It runs from Noon until 6:30pm.
You can also give from the comfort of your own home through the Hope for the Hungry virtual food drive. Just click the "Virtual Food Drive" to donate.
For more information on ways to give, click the HERE.