FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2009 CONTACT: DRC Bureau of Communications
Phone (614) 752-1150
Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Bank
Phone (614) 221-4336
Ohio Prisons Donate over 100,000 Pounds of Food to Second Harvest Food Bank
(Columbus) --- Early this Spring, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation
Correction (DRC) joined the Ohio Association of Second
Harvest Food Bank (OASHF) in a combined effort to provide produce grown on Ohio
prison farms to OASHF's 12 foodbanks so it could be given to those in need.
Harvesting began in mid-August with offenders working on prison farms picking
corn to be provided to the state’s foodbanks. From September through October
various crops were harvested at four of
“The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is proud to be a part of the effort,” stated DRC Director Terry J. Collins. “By growing and harvesting crops for the Second Harvest Food Bank, offenders are given an opportunity not only to give back to their community, but by working on the farms they are learning a valuable skill that can assist them upon their release. We look forward to continuing and expanding this partnership in the years to come.”
first-of-its-kind effort provides a source of desperately needed fresh produce
for hungry Ohioans,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, OASHF executive director. “As the
demand for emergency food assistance continues to rise, OASHF is very thankful
for this new partnership and support.” Hamler-Fugitt said demand for emergency
food assistance has increased by 21 percent since last year. In addition new
data released this week reveals that 13.3 percent of food.
OASHF is .