From a United Way press release:
TOLEDO -- At a news conference today, officials from United Way of Greater Toledo announced the United Way Family Food Fund campaign, a one month fundraising effort to help alleviate the emergency food needs of families in Lucas County.
United Way, in partnership with Toledo Area Ministries, Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, and Toledo Seagate Food Bank, is introducing the Family Food Fund campaign in response to a food summit with emergency food providers and feeding sites held this past November.
The summit revealed:
- Forty percent of requests to United Way 2-1-1 in 2007 were for food;
- Toledo Area Ministries saw a 32 percent increase in requests over the past year;
- The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank experienced a 16 percent decrease in donations; and
- Toledo Seagate Food Bank received 4.2 million pounds of donated food last year compared to 15 million three years ago.
Bill Kitson, president and CEO of United Way said, "It is obvious the demand for food is growing while supply is decreasing. United Way, through the Family Food Fund, is seeking the help of the community to respond to this pressing issue."
People interested in contributing can donate securely online at www.unitedwaytoledo.org or mail a check to United Way Family Food Fund, One Stranahan Sq., Toledo, Ohio 43604. Money raised will be used to support additional case management services in area soup kitchens, to provide emergency food providers with funding to purchase food and fill food requests, and to establish an emergency food fund.