LIMA — Both SpartanNash and the West Ohio Food Bank are in the food distribution business, and on Wednesday, those two organizations came together, with the SpartanNash Foundation giving a $5,000 donation to the food bank.
“Being the largest distribution center in Western Ohio, this really is able to help us keep our costs low for our partner agencies,” West Ohio Food Bank CEO Linda Hamilton said. “The more financial donations, the more food can get out, the more ability we have to bring additional food in to get out to our partner agencies and onto the clients’ tables.”
The two organizations have worked together since 2006, according to Hamilton, with the wholesale food distribution company aiding the food bank with both monetary and food donations. For SpartanNash distribution director Greg Ratliff, the mission of the food bank is very much in line with the goals of the foundation.
“The Lima distribution center has partnered with West Ohio Food Bank for the past 10 years,” he said. “The SpartanNash Foundation is focused on providing grants to nonprofit community partners, with the aim to end hunger, provide shelter and support our military heroes.”
While the needs of others can be more keenly felt around the holidays, Hamilton said the need for the hungry in our communities is felt year-round.
“Any of us could find ourselves in need,” she said. “The face of our clients has changed in that we have a lot of working poor, grandparents raising grandchildren and many seniors having to make hard choices, especially with high medication costs.”
To donate to the West Ohio Food Bank, go to http://wofb.org or call 419-222-7946.
Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.