Elected officials volunteer time at local food bank

YOUNGSTOWN — A handful of elected officials volunteered their time today 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 and packaged them into five-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.

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