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City of Green Initiates a Community Food Drive for November through December

City of Green Initiates a Community Food Drive for November through December

The City of Green is Initiating a Citywide Food Drive from November 1 through December 31 to benefit Green Good Neighbors, which serves Green and surrounding Communities

Green, OH – The City of Green is initiating the first annual Green Gives Back, a citywide food drive, beginning November 1 through December 31, 2013 to benefit Green Good Neighbors. Families, businesses and community groups are invited to participate and drop off non-perishable food items at various locations around Green.

Drop off locations include all City Buildings, Green Branch Library, Akron General Health and Wellness Center, Green YMCA, all Green Local School Buildings, and Buehler’s (Portage Lakes IGA). Businesses interested in participating or being a public drop off location may contact Kelly Lavaco at klavaco@cityofgreen.org.

In addition to non-perishable food items, Green Good Neighbors is always in need of personal care and household items such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, feminine products, diapers, dish soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, facial tissues, and paper towels.

“This food drive is about neighbor helping neighbor in Green,” said Dick Norton, Mayor. “We often think Green is immune to poverty and families not having enough food, but the need is real.”

According to the 2011 census numbers, approximately 4.6% of families in Green are living below the poverty level. Green Good Neighbors, a not-for-profit located at Greensburg United Methodist Church, provides food, clothing and other essentials to families in Green, Clinton, Coventry and New Franklin. Approximately 60% of the families served live in Green.

“We like to say we provide a hand up to those in need, not a hand-out,” said co-chair of Green Good Neighbors Dorothy Cormany. “Many families we serve are in between jobs, or are seniors on a fixed income, or grandparents who are now raising their grandchildren and don’t have enough month to month.”

Clients of Green Good Neighbors are referred by Infoline, a social services information clearinghouse; school nurses; counselors; clergy and other social service agencies. The organization serves approximately 2,700 families a year. For those who are in need, contact Infoline at 330-376-4850 to find out if you qualify for assistance from the organization. Green Good Neighbors has been serving the community of Green for the past 23 years.

The City of Green, Ohio, founded in 1992, is a prosperous, progressive and promising city with more than 25,000 residents. Approximately 33.5 square-miles, Green is located in southern Summit County. Visit www.cityofgreen.org. Like us on Facebook www.facbook.com/cityofgreenohio and follow us on Twitter @cityofgreen.