The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks

2002 Results

July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002

The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks received funding to support these programs at a level of $4.5 million State Fiscal Year 2002.

Ohio Food Program:

During State Fiscal Year 2002, 4,951,108 million pounds of nutritious shelf stable and frozen food was delivered to Ohio's twelve Second Harvest Foodbanks. The $2.5 million provided by the General Assembly made possible the purchase and distribution of more than 3.9 million meals to hungry children and adults throughout Ohio. Food purchases included green beans, cereal, chili, corn, applesauce, beef stew, frozen chicken, soups, canned fruit, macaroni & cheese, pork & beans, spaghetti sauce, pasta, ravioli, turkey sausage, tuna, peanut butter, ground beef, and ground chicken.

When combined with other foods available through the foodbank network, these purchased foods provide a wholesome food package and/or meals to hungry Ohioans who rely on emergency food providers. Other sources of food included private donations, local food drives, USDA commodities, and corporate and industry donations.

This food was made available to over 2,800 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other charitable food assistance organizations.

Ohio Agricultural Surplus Production Alliance:

Ohio Agricultural Surplus Production Alliance (OASPA) is a market clearing initiative, which has built strong production alliances between Ohio's agricultural commodity producers, growers, and processors to provide fresh and shelf stable nutritious foods for distribution to low-income Ohioans. $1.79 million was used to reimburse Ohio's farmers for harvesting, processing, packing, and transporting surplus agricultural products.

During Sate Fiscal Year 2002, 7,280,664 million pounds of fresh and processed Ohio-grown and raised commodities, including 31 different fruits, and vegetables, chicken, turkey, and eggs, were made available to over 2,800 charitable food assistance organizations, representing over 5.7 million meals.

OASPA also provided $206,670 to help build the capacity of Ohio's emergency food assistance agencies through the purchase of refrigerators, freezers, and other equipment, and provided training, technical assistance and support for innovative programs. The equipment purchases enable the pantries and soup kitchens to store and distribute more fresh food to hungry people.

Current August 13, 2002

51 North High Street, Suite 761; Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phone 614-221-4336; [email protected]

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