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Feeding the needy: Ironton Lawrence CAO hosts food giveaway

By Austin Johnson

For The Ironton Tribune

SOUTH POINT — Ironton Lawrence County Community Action Organization partnered with the Ohio Food Bank Thursday morning to hand out boxes of fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products to Lawrence County residents.

Jonathan Abner from Ohio Means Jobs said “it’s to help all families right now from the national crisis.” He added the organization serves up to 320 families per week.
Multiple organizations and churches came together to help feed the people of Lawrence County and “it’s a pretty good thing” Angela Pleasant said. “Right now, it’s not a one-time thing. We are looking at all the way up until August” to be out handing boxes of food to Lawrence County residents.

“People are without work, — without money, which means — they are without food,” Pleasant said. “The community really looks forward to this. Unfortunately, we can’t start till 10 a.m., some people were arriving at 6 a.m.”

Pleasant thanked Walmart for allowing the event to take place.

“We were blessed that Walmart graciously said we could come here after we were told that we couldn’t use another facility In South Point to feed our families.” she said.

“Our families are hurting and this is one way CAO is reaching out to the communities to build stronger communities by helping feed the families,” Pleasant said.
Abner added “They definitely need to keep coming each week because it’s first come – first serve.”

This food box giveaway will continue to go on for every Thursday in July at 10 a.m. in Lawrence County.