“We’ve gone to the next step,” Truesdale said. The Foodbank heard from U.S. Rep. Mike Turner regarding how the $2 million in funding for this property addition is being included in a federal bill that will be named later this month. They are hopeful the bill will be passed later this year.
For the Foodbank, this means providing a “lasting impact” for the area.
“For over 40 years, we’ve worked to relieve hunger,” Truesdale said. “We need to do something more.”
The property addition aims to build on the Foodbank’s focus on health equity. The organization plans to get people connected with their managed care providers, as well as provide exam rooms for providers to use and additional space for re-entry job training.
“We feel very passionate about this work,” Truesdale said, explaining the Foodbank works with people re-entering the workforce from the criminal justice system.
“Our greatest gratitude goes out to Congressman Turner,” said Truesdale, who also thanked the Dayton Development Coalition and other local organizations and supporters for their help in promoting the Foodbank’s initiatives. “Without them, our project would not have had a chance to succeed.”