Food bank recognizes group's donation
The Davis Foundation gift will help reduce the capital debt.
By WILLIAM K. ALCORN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- A gift of $50,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley was in keeping with "Mom's and Dad's legacy of helping people in need," said Beverly Davis, daughter of David D. and Velma Davis and chairwoman of the Davis Foundation.
The foundation was recognized Tuesday as a platinum donor to the food bank's capital campaign with placement of a plaque on the Politi Family Warehouse Donor Board.
The facility, located at 2805 Salt Springs Road, was donated to Second Harvest by Dr. Jacques Politi and family. The Davis Foundation donation, received in December 2005, will be used to reduce the $450,000 in capital costs for the new building.
To date, $250,000 has been raised, said Rebecca Martinez, director of resource development for Second Harvest. She said capital expenditures were for a new freezer and cooler, insulation of the warehouse, docks and the addition of two offices, conference room and a room to re-pack food.
Davis said her father, who was born in Hubbard and had his construction business in Boardman, believed in the Youngstown area and built all over the Mahoning Valley.
"Before it was fashionable, Dad had a heart for food banks" and gave to them to help feed the needy as commanded by the Bible, said Davis, who was here from her home in Maine to visit her mother.
Other donors to the capital campaign include The Youngstown Foundation, J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation, Florence Simon Beecher Foundation, John D. Finnegan Foundation, Home Savings and Loan Company, Charter One, FirstEnergy, Dominion East Ohio Foundation, Bank One, Community Foundation of Mahoning Valley, Weller Family Fund, Warren P. Williamson Fund, Vinylume Products, Inc., T. E. Sawyer, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation and Schwebel Family Foundation, Martinez said.
Second Harvest provides food to some 198 hunger relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.