OTTAWA — KNAP Sack Inc. recently received a $2,000 grant from INEOS in Lima to help 200 Putnam County families with their food needs.
The grant will bring extra items such as hygiene products, cleaning products and dairy products to its distribution from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the parking lot of Putnam County Educational Service Center, 124 Putnam Parkway, Ottawa.
KNAP Sack Inc. helps with monthly food distributions with Wed Ohio Food Bank from September through May to reduce and eliminate hunger and food insecurity in Putnam County. Kevin Schroeder, an INEOS employee and Putnam County resident, recommended KNAP Sack for the company’s International Community Fund Grant.
KNAP Sack, Inc expands its local giving to help 200 families and help alleviate hunger in Putnam County with the help of INEOS Lima
OTTAWA— KNAP Sack, Inc. has been able to expand its local giving to help 200 Putnam County families with $2,000 from INEOS in Lima as part of the company’s International Community Fund Grant.
KNAP (Keeping Nutrition Available Program) Sack is an Ottawa-based non-profit agency whose goal is to reduce and eliminate hunger and food insecurity in Putnam County. The agency holds monthly food distributions in conjunction with West Ohio Food Bank from September through May.
Kevin Schroeder, an INEOS employee, and a Putnam County resident who recommended KNAP Sack for the grant, says, “Putnam County is well represented within the INEOS Lima facility, and I thought it would be a great idea if INEOS could offer some assistance to a program in a neighboring area. There certainly is an increased need for KNAP Sack’s services these days. I can’t imagine being a kid and not having anything in the cupboard to eat when you get home from school.”
During the Covid-19 pandemic, many people have lost their jobs temporarily or permanently or have had their hours cut, making it difficult to provide for their families. KNAP Sack increased its services and held a distribution each month this summer. There has been an approximate 150% increase in the number of families who have attended the distributions.
The INEOS grant will allow KNAP Sack to purchase items that are not typically available, such as hygiene products, cleaning products, and dairy products, for the September 16 food distribution.
The KNAP Sack Squad members issued this collective statement: “We are very grateful to the INEOS Community Fund for giving us this opportunity to better serve Putnam County residents who continue searching for food resources in these trying times. The money donated will be used to purchase essential items that are not supplied/available through West Ohio Food Bank. We have been serving 150 to 200 families a month and we greatly appreciate the grant from INEOS to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity in our county. The sigh of relief, the indebted ‘thank you,” and the tearful expressions all verify that many of these families remain truly IN NEED of basic food resources. Thanks again for improving the lives of these families.”
The INEOS Community Fund was established by INEOS Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe in March 2020 in tandem with the company’s Covid-19 “Hands On” campaign, which set up new production lines to provide millions of bottles of free hand sanitizer per month to hospitals and frontline healthcare. The fund enables INEOS sites across the world to support the charitable organizations doing vital work in their local communities at this particularly difficult time.
KNAP Sack relies on funding from individuals, churches, civic groups, businesses, and other entities. To make a donation, please contact KNAP Sack through its Facebook page, KNAP Sack, Inc., or send an email to KNAPSackSquad@gmail.com.