WARREN — The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired Mahoning Valley funders and civic organizations to create The Mahoning Valley Food Pantry Map.
This effort was made possible by a two-month collaboration between the Raymond John Wean Foundation, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and Eastgate Regional Council of Governments.
The Mahoning Valley Food Pantry Map gives families critical information on the hours of operation, location and resources available at the sites across the region.
“We are proud to have assisted the Wean Foundation and the Community Foundation in this endeavor; by working together, we were able to develop a site that will better serve our communities in need, now as we persevere through the pandemic and in the future,” said Jim Kinnick, executive director at Eastgate in a news release.
Using Eastgate’s technical savvy and GIS mapping tools, and insight from Wean and CFMV, the three groups worked closely with food pantry providers to learn more about individual operations and coordinated efforts between providers.
“By leveraging our strengths, together, we were able to rapidly respond to one of the area’s most fundamental needs during crisis, while also developing a tool that will provide valuable information to the community for years to come,” said Jennifer Roller, president of the Raymond John Wean Foundation.