The Issue: Increased Food Costs and Unemployment
In 2011, increased food costs—including a 30% increase in the cost of peanut butter—were coupled with continued unemployment and underemployment rates in central Ohio. Although food banks benefit from lower prices by buying in bulk, these increased food costs have made it more difficult for food banks and pantries to keep up with demand—particularly with peanut butter, one of the most popular items at these agencies due to its long shelf life and child-friendly source of protein.
The Campaign: Provide Nutritious Meals to Families in Need
If this Grassroots campaign raises $350, then the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks (OASHF) can provide 1,400 nutritious meals to local families in need. Each additional $10 donation will provide 40 more meals.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks
The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks (OASHF) represents Ohio's 12 food banks and its food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Through its Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program, OASHF purchases surplus produce and other agricultural products from local farmers and growers and distributes the fresh fruit and vegetables to families in need through its emergency food-assistance network. Additionally, through the Ohio Food Purchase Program, OASHF purchases protein-packed food—items that are typically more expensive and rare in local food drives—at significantly reduced rates, helping to ensure the families it serves receives nutritious, balanced meals.