In Youngstown, Portman Visits the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, Sees Firsthand How Federal COVID-19 Response Legislation Has Helped Food Access & Distribution

July 8, 2020 | Press Releases

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. In addition, Portman met with the organization’s leadership to discuss Portman’s support of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act, which provided funding for nutrition programs and additional flexibilities to allow food to be distributed efficiently and with social distancing.  

“I had a great visit with the folks at the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley today. They are working to provide food to those in need throughout the Mahoning Valley during this pandemic and I’m grateful for their exceptional work and the work of the Ohio National Guard to help distribute food,” said Portman. “I am pleased that the federal COVID-19 response legislation provided additional funding and flexibility to allow our foodbanks to provide critical meals to our children, families, the elderly, and workers across Ohio who have lost their jobs.  We must ensure that our foodbanks have all the resources and necessary and I appreciated the opportunity to learn about the needs of the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley today to ensure that they can continue to fill the increased demand during this pandemic.” 

“Food Banks are under tremendous pressure to meet increased demand for food assistance,” said Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley Executive Director Mike Iberis.  “We’re grateful for the additional food provided through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, helping us to provide approximately an additional 6 million pounds of food to people here in the Mahoning Valley.  It was truly an honor to have Senator Portman here for a visit, and we greatly appreciate his support of our efforts to build a community where food is accessible to all.”  

Photos from the visit are below: