HAMILTON, Ohio (WXIX) – The group behind a new food bank in Butler County hopes to provide free, fresh food options for thousands of people.
The Compassion Food Pantry is open at the Butler County Educational Services Center for families who meet income requirements.
The kitchen is a response to increasing food insecurity due to rising prices and inflation.
“We serve a lot of families through this agency and we hear a lot about food needs,” said Carrie Wynne, supervisor of Success Programs, one of the groups involved in the project. “Our program actually touches 10,00 families every year.”
Wynne said of the families they serve, 70 to 75 percent don’t know where their next meal will come from.
This is why the Success Program partnered with United Way and Shared Harvest to open a new food bank, which provides fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and snacks as well as hygiene items.
“We really want to make sure that we are offering high-quality food to our families,” said Emily White, director of early childhood programs at the Butler County Educational Service Center. “As we stock the shelves, we think, ‘What am I going to eat?’ What would I like to eat with my own children?
White said the project has been in the works for six months, but has been a dream of his and Wynne’s for years.
The Pantry also provides food delivery services with ready-to-eat meals.
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