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Thank Yous are in order for…WOFB Blog 9/28/21

I’m Jason Aldrich, and I think since the last time I’ve done a blog, my official title has changed. I’m now the Communications and Public Relations Manager at West Ohio Food Bank. My boss (our CEO Tommie Harner) recently was looking over the website and complimented me for doing a blog, and even said she might like to contribute every once in a while. I want to use this blog to send out some thank yous.

Thanks to the Ohio National Guard: The men and women that served as part of “Operation Steady Resolve”, which was the mission with all 13 food banks in Ohio from March 2020 thru July 2021, were a true God-send. There’s no way we could have done what we did (passing out over 12-mil lbs. of food) during the COVID-19 pandemic without them. In fact, we now even have 2 of them on board as part of our full-time staff here at the food bank.

Thanks to our entire staff: We are one of the smallest food banks in Ohio, and we went through a leadership change while the pandemic was at its peak. But our staff of drivers, office personnel, warehouse associates, and the support of our Board of Directors has helped us to serve the needs of those who need it most in the 11 county area that we are responsible for.

Thank You to our Agencies, Pantries, Churches, and Communities:
The relationships we have with our local pantries, agencies in a 11 counties, as well as Church leaders and personnel, are vital to having success and making sure that no one goes hungry. All of you are an outreach of us, and we are so grateful to all of you. We have received support from community leaders as well, whether it be mayoral proclamations, or businesses allowing us spaces to come and distribute food, or even to come and just tell people about all of our services.

Thanks to our clients and the public: This past year and a half hasn’t been easy, as many have had to face job losses, cut hours, shuffling around schedules with work, school, and everyday life, as well as an up and down economy, and not to mention all of the precautions to stay healthy and safe. We have had long lines, frustrated staff and volunteers at times, but thanks for your patience, and your continued support with monetary and non-perishable donations, and even food and snacks (which are always welcome!).

If I missed anyone, I am sorry. I don’t think blogs are supposed to go on for very long, so I’ll stop here.

Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself…WOFB Blog 12/2/19

My name is Jason Aldrich, the new Director of Donor Relations and Communications here at the West Ohio Food Bank. I am truly blessed to be a part of an organization that assists several other organizations, churches, youth groups, schools, and others over an 11-county area, to feed those in need. I hope you will continue to visit our website, as well as to check out our other spaces in the social media world, like on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I’m looking forward to adding some new features in the future like blogs, podcasts, feature videos, galleries, and of course, all of the latest information on all of the programs sponsored by the West Ohio Food Bank. Hoping you and yours have a blessed holiday season,

Volunteering During the Holiday Season WOFB Blog 12/5/19

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for many in the 11 counties in Western Ohio that we cover, things can get tight. Money, bills, kids school supplies, and, oh yeah, what to have for dinner each night. Our Emergency Food Pantries are designed to assist those who simply don’t have enough to get by for the next 5 to 7 days. If you or your organization wants to give a little extra time this holiday season, please contact us. We had a great group of volunteers from Ruler Foods in this week, and they really enjoyed their chance to help others.

Welcome to 2020! WOFB Blog 1/2/20

It’s hard to believe that another year has begun, another decade is upon us. All of us here at West Ohio Food Bank will continue our mission to help feed the hungry in Western Ohio. Thanks to sponsors, groups, clubs, churches, schools, organizations, and volunteers, we look forward to working with all of them here in the new year, as we continue to support local pantries, as well as offer up our Emergency Food Pantries here at West Ohio Food Bank. Remember, if your group, organization, or even individuals are just looking for something to do, volunteering is a great way to contribute! Reach out via email, phone, or on our many social media platforms, and we will find a place for you! Here’s to another successful year!

Is 2020 over yet? WOFB Blog 11/3/20

Wow. I can’t believe it’s been this long since I’ve posted a blog. Please, don’t anyone tell the boss. I’m going to blame it on the pandemic, just like everyone and everything else. But, we at the West Ohio Food Bank have been busy, pretty much “business as usual” during the crisis. While all this craziness has gone on, we’ve even made a transition with new leadership. We’ve also hosted several special events, like assisting the United Way of Greater Lima with their hand sanitizer bottle production project, doing numerous food distributions just about every week since the end of March, hosting a great event that featured mental health and recovery services along with handing out food (this week), and working side by side with the great men and women of the Ohio National Guard who have been assigned to us. This year has been a learning experience for all of us, and let’s hope we’re turning the corner to brighter and healthier times.

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