Anonymous local donor gives Second Harvest $750,000 for soup kitchen

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley will launch a new feeding site at 551 Mahoning Ave., following a $750,000 donation from an anonymous source. The kitchen is expected to begin operations the second quarter of 2016.

According to Second Harvest Food Bank executive Director Mike Iberis, a philanthropic family in the Mahoning Valley, which has chosen to remain anonymous, will provide funding necessary to erect and maintain the soup kitchen.

“We are humbled by this generous gift and the confidence the donor has placed in Second Harvest Food Bank to provide food to those who are the most vulnerable,” said Iberis. “A hot meal will be served daily and the recipients will be given food to take with them because many are homeless and have no way to prepare food for themselves. With winter quickly approaching, it is so important to provide healthy, nutritious meals to those in need, especially this vulnerable population.”

Ralph “Skip” Barone, a long time hunger advocate, will join the food bank staff as director of this new program administered by Second Harvest Food Bank.

Iberis added that even though the family wishes to remain anonymous, the Food Bank wants the community to know of their good work and deep caring for this community and those that are hurting.

“Many lives will be positively affected by the actions of this family and the Food Bank is honored to know them and to be a part of providing even more food to those in need in our community.”

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