(DAYTON, Ohio – March 19, 2020) – CareSource and the Mid-Ohio Food Collective are partnering to prepare and share 2,000 boxes of food for Columbus seniors in need. With a gift of $50,000 from the CareSource Foundation and the support of over 50 CareSource volunteers, each eligible recipient will receive seven days of meals.
The 2,000 food boxes will be carefully packed over several shifts by CareSource volunteers following appropriate safety measures and then distributed via a drive-thru setting at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective facility parking lot. The recipients of the food boxes are local Columbus seniors who run the risk of missing meals due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
“Seniors are at high-risk to be impacted by the coronavirus and CareSource is prepared to support,” said Karin VanZant, Vice President of Integrated Community Partnerships, CareSource. “We are proud to partner with the Mid-Ohio Food Collective as they ensure the safety of our volunteers and the recipients of the food boxes. CareSource understands that food insecurity is a driver of health and we are working toward keeping at-risk Ohioans healthy during this time of uncertainty.”
“Extraordinary times such as these prompt action from extraordinary organizations like CareSource. We are incredibly grateful for the efforts of the CareSource team to connect food to seniors in our community,” said Matt Habash, President and CEO of the Mid-Ohio Food Collective. “Given the direct impact that food has on health, it is only through the collective efforts of the entire community coming together that we can ensure that our most vulnerable have access to food, especially when confronting a public health threat like coronavirus.”
Individuals and families who are experiencing food insecurity can reach out to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective at: 614-277-3663 or visit their website at midohiofoodbank.org/get help