Local schools and other organizations received a special delivery of food boxes at the Scioto County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, March 24, courtesy of The Ohio State University.
The OSU Student Life organization is participating in the university’s Day of Giving, and discovered that food insecurity in Pike, Jackson, and Scioto counties has increased to 23 percent during the COVID crisis. To help address this need, the Student Life group has packed shelf-stable meals to distribute to partnering agencies within the three counties.
“These are packaged meals that don’t have to be cooked. Primarily rice, beans, dehydrated vegetables, and seasoning. Then they put six meals in a bag to distribute meals to a family,” said Treva Williams, extension educator for The Ohio State University Extension Office in Scioto County. “We have contacted multiple groups throughout the county to see if they would be interested in having some of these to distribute through their foodbanks or distribution system.”
About 120,000 meals were delivered across the three counties on Wednesday, with Scioto agencies receiving their deliveries at the Scioto County Fairgrounds in Lucasville. The shipment arrived on the very same truck that OSU typically uses to transport football equipment to Buckeye games.
“The good thing about this program is that these meals are shelf-stable, so people don’t have to use them right now. A lot of time we get fresh fruits and dairy products, and we have to use them or they spoil. This can be that in-between piece. They’ll have it available to use it whenever works best for their family,” Williams said.
Seventeen partnering agencies in Scioto County received the meal deliveries, including the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center, in New Boston, who received nearly 30,000 meals for local school districts to pick up later and distribute to their communities. Other partnering agencies included the Potter’s House, Steven Hunter Hope Fund, Salvation Army, and more.
Williams credited the amazing partnership between OSU Student Life, OSU Extension, the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center, Scioto County Fairgrounds, and other community agencies.
For more information about the South Central Ohio ESC, find them online at www.scoesc.org, or follow the ESC on Facebook and Twitter.