You can help solve West Ohio's hunger problem. We need...
- 600 businesses, organizations or individuals who are willing to commit $1000/year...or...
- 1,000 businesses who will share $600/year...or...
- 2,000 individuals, who can contribute $300/year
Be part of the solution, please Donate Now.
Unfortunately, the donated product does not transport itself, unload or reload itself, cool or heat itself, or inventory itself. All of these areas cost money. In operating a 35,000 square foot facility, numerous monthly expenses are incurred. For example, an average household may be 1500-2000 square feet. Think about the cost of heating, and electricity for a normal house and multiply that several times over. We have substantial electric bills in order to operate our freezer and coolers.
To operate a facility of this size, we must have equipment such as stand-up fork lifts, regular fork lifts, and pallet jacks which can be costly when repairs are needed.
Another expense we face every month is a substantial loan payment for the purchase of our current facility.
We must also pay salaries for our staff. In 2013, we distributed over 6.7 million pounds of food with a staff of 16 full-time employees. How did we do that? Again, with the help from our community.
We operate with a bare minimum of paid staff to keep our expenses low. We are blessed to have many different groups volunteer their time and talents at the food bank.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life, church groups, the Department of Job and Family Services, municipal court, groups from local companies, senior citizens groups, etc. During the 2013 year, WOFB had 1,201 volunteers who committed 8,788 hours of their time.
Volunteers help with anything from everyday operations to special projects. Opportunities range from general cleaning, loading agency vehicles, and repacking bulk food to answering phones and helping with mailings.
Volunteers are wonderful, and we could never accomplish our mission without them, but they still need guidance and direction from a paid staff member.
Your Support Helps Us to End Hunger
The West Ohio Food Bank depends on donations from our community to assist in our mission of eliminating hunger in Northwest Ohio.