WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A new program from Second Harvest Food Bank is taking food pantries on the road.
The traveling food pantry stopped at Warren Harding High School Thursday morning.
The Ohio National Guard helped give away nearly 50,000 pounds of food.
The pantry even started a half hour early because so many people were already in line, nearly 300.
“This line is strictly about the job losses and the layoffs. We’ve seen a 40% increase in people coming to a pantry or to a feeding site and that’s just sad. You can just look at their faces and look at why they’re here and they’re all saying the same thing, ‘We’re just in a position where we need food,'” said Mike Iberis, Second Harvest Food Bank.
The next stop for the traveling food pantry will be on Monday at 11 a.m. at Maplewood High School. Then, next Thursday at 11 a.m. at Beaver Local Schools.
Last week, Second Harvest served about 1,000 cars at another traveling food pantry at the Canfield Fairgrounds.
For a list of local organizations that are helping provide food around the community, click here.