Southeastern Ohio Hunger Crisis Update: August 1,
A major food bank low on food, pantries closing, and a
line of 700 cars to get an emergency
supply of food (every month) ….. in Ohio. Welcome to
Logan—and Southeastern Ohio!
Helen and I are long-time Dublin, Ohio residents, both
CPAs, who have worked in tax and financial
management positions for years. We believe that nothing
one accomplishes in the business world is as
important as giving back to people who haven’t had the
same opportunities in life. Since October 2005,
donated $50,000 a year into our Southeastern Ohio Food
Donor Fund to
help Ohio’s poor.
We have a real problem with hunger in Ohio—and the
income disparity in this country in general. We
see good people, trying to raise families on wages of
$10 or $14 an hour (or less) while many CEO’s make
$10 million or $20 million (or more) in salaries and
benefits—even if their companies lose money.
Compounding the income disparity problem are national
statistics that say that less than 10% of all
donations go to the poor—the wealthy donate primarily to
“culture palaces: operas, art museums,
symphonies, and theatres, where they spend most of their
leisure time” and “major colleges and
universities, where their children go to school” (Robert
Reich, former Secretary of Labor, Oct 2007).
Many good people living in Ohio are struggling to simply
obtain basic necessities. This includes our
“working poor” and many wonderful senior citizens. At
the same time, many of us in the suburbs are not
This is an unacceptable moral
Helen and I are appealing for your help.
In January, and
then in April, the Second Harvest Food Bank of
Southeastern Ohio was empty. This major food bank serves
203 food pantries in some of the poorest 10
counties in southeastern (Appalachia) Ohio. Currently,
food inventory is way down.
To help this crisis, a hunger challenge has commenced.
We opened a new fund, the “Southeastern Ohio
Hunger Fund” in December 2007 and a Southeastern Ohio
Food Donor Fund
matching grant of $25,000 was initiated.
Donations received through August 1, 2008 total
$34,414.80 and the funds are being used to assist bulk
purchases of food for the southeastern Ohio area. The
matching grant and bulk purchasing can turn
every $1 donation into $4 or $5 dollars of food.
Donations can be made and mailed to:
Southeastern Ohio Hunger Fund
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
P.O. Box 456
36 Public Square
Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
The Southeastern Ohio Food Fund will continue to match donations
dollar for dollar up to $25,000.00.
call Jeff Davidson at (614) 580-1561 for more
information. We are looking for other successful people
to join us. We are looking for food distributors to make
donations, or sales of food at discounted prices. We are
also looking for churches and other organizations to
join together in a large-scale collaborative effort. In
addition to a phone call, Jeff can be reached at
2004, Helen and I have:
Collected over 117,000 pounds of food in many
“central Ohio” food drives
Donated over $200,000 to charity (mostly to poverty
Raised well over $200,000 from other donors through
will be the first to say: “we are not doing enough!”
our aspirations is to form a “Poverty Social Venture
Group” where philanthropists passionate about helping
the poor can pool donations and collaborate to make a
large-scale difference. During the Katrina crisis,
Ohioans sent well over $70 million down south.
can’t we do that for our struggling neighbors in Ohio?