Area officials lend a hand to Second Harvest food bank


A handful of elected officials volunteered their time at the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, giving back to the organization that provides food to the hungry in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

“They do great things here,” said Hubbard Mayor John Darko at the food bank’s location on Salt Springs Road. “It’s helpful to the entire area.”

The elected officials as well a staff representatives for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Cleveland Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, took thousands of pounds of loose sweet potatoes Friday and packaged them into 5-pound bags.

The sweet potatoes and other food is distributed to 150 hunger-relief agencies – including church pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and school pantries – in the three-county area, said Michael Iberis, Second Harvest’s executive director.

More than 15,000 people are fed through those agencies a week, he said.

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