LIMA — The saying goes that good things come in small packages. And on Friday morning, that phrase held true for the West Ohio Food Bank.
Food bank CEO Gary Bright was handed a check Friday morning from Keith Deters, general manager for General Dynamics, during brief a press conference at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima.
While the piece of paper was small in size, its meaning for the food bank could not be overestimated.
With the check, Bright had in his hand a donation from the General Dynamics leadership team worth $18,650.
Deters said the leadership team, comprised of management and union leaders at the facility, noticed the work being done at the West Ohio Food Bank and knew that this donation would be used to help many people over a wide area.
“We understand the need they have,” Deters said. “They cover 11 different counties, and the employment here has people from all of those counties. We thought it would be a benefit to their home counties as we provide this donation.”
Gary Bright, CEO of the West Ohio Food Bank, spoke with several members of the JSMC leadership team and said it was clear the tank plant employees saw the power their donation could make to those reached by the food bank.
“They like the idea of how far a donated dollar goes at our agency,” Bright said. “For a donated dollar we are able to bring in 25 pounds of food to our docks.”
A recent study showed that a person with better access to food pays roughly $2.30 for each meal. The West Ohio Food Bank is able to stretch their donations a great deal further.
“That donated dollar,” Bright added “ends up providing eight meals or more to the end client or family.”
“Any folks out there that are looking for an end-of-the-year donation, it’s a pretty good investment to feed folks in your community.”
The gift comes at a time when the West Ohio Food Bank is in need of donations, those both large and small.
Bright noted that corporate donations to the food bank are down 80 percent when compared with the donations at this point last year.
Overall donations, those from companies and individuals, are down 40 percent overall compared to the 2011 numbers.
Craig Kiefer, president of the United Auto Workers Local 2147, and a member of the leadership team said the decision to donate to the West Ohio Food Bank was a simple one.
“They support several people in many counties and do a lot of good,” Kiefer said “We’re proud of them and proud to be a part of it.”
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West Ohio Food Bank donation