By Dustin Ensinger
Hundreds of local families will have a little less worry about where their next meal will come from thanks to a partnership between the Delaware Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and some local car dealerships.
Instead of collecting canned goods as part of its annual food drive, the OSHP teamed with Byers Auto and Automax to raise more than $1,000 for People In Need.
“This year we decided to keep our efforts local,” said OSHP Lt. Kevin Knapp. “The local dealerships were more than willing to do something for People In Need.”
And the money will go a long way.
“This level of funding will allow us to distribute over 600 meals,” said People In need Development Director Randy Bournique.
Monetary donations also allow People In Need to provide clients with more nutritious offerings.
“These kind of checks, when they come in, give us the ability to ensure that meals are balanced,” Bournique said.
And the timing of the donation is perfect, according to Bournique. Food pantries are typically pressured during the summer months as schools close. With schools shuttered, there are fewer food drives and no free and reduced lunches for students.
“That family still has to account for feeding that child,” Bournique said.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.