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BBYO Participants Enhance This Year's JCRC High Holiday Food Drive

The Jewish Community Relations Council's twenty-third annual High Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Second Harvest Foodbank of the Mahoning Valley, is set for Tuesday Sept. 23 through Monday, Oct. 29, in conjuction with a newly-established "Go the Distance to End Hunger" teen campaign.

Emma Hetson, the Dodi Li representative leading the initiative for BBYO, worked with JCRC members in forming the concept, "Go the distance to end hunger." Emma is connecting with her friends and peers in other cities and youth groups challenging them to join BBYO in raising hunger awareness through a canned goods food drive competition and accumulating "miles" of donations.

Each donation has an "inches"-based system for goods donated. The chapter with the most "inches" will be declared the winner.

ONR BBYO, home to 18 chapters in Youngstown, Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Toledo, is one of 43 geographic regions that comprise BBYO North America. The Ohio Northern Region chapters will join with their local interfaith partners in the food collection.

As the leading national and international Jewish teen movement, BBYO members participate in local and regional youth-led programs and social action projects, providing them with leadership skills that carry well into adulthood.

The Second Harvest Foodbank is a private charity serving as a redistribution center for donated food and related items to more than 100 pantries, meal sites, and institutions in the tri-county area. Since its inception in 1983, the Foodbank has distributed more than 36 million pounds of donated food. More than 30,000 people are fed monthly though the agencies supported by the Foodbank.

Second Harvest says the most needed items are: peanut butter, cereal, canned vegetables, tuna fish, canned meat, dry pasta, canned soup, macaroni and cheese, rice and noodles, baby food and formula, diapers and other baby items, soup, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cleaning products, snack foods, and instant coffee.

Members of the Jewish Community are encouraged to fill a grocery bag and bring it to any of the followed locations during the High Holidays: Altshuler Akiva Academy, Congregation Rodef Sholom, Congregation Ohev Tzedek, Jewish Community Center, or Temple El Emeth.

Monetary donations of $18, $36, $54 or any other amount should be made payable to the Second Harvest Foodbank and mailed to the JCRC Office, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504-1314.

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