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OSU Be Kind Campaign helps thousands in county

Morning Journal/Danielle Garner Dennis Flugan Chairman with the Columbiana County Fairgrounds Board, helps lift boxes filled with meals out of the Ohio State University semi tractor trailer Thursday morning.

LISBON–Columbiana County Ohio State University Extension worked with the OSU Be Kind Campaign to distribute a semi-tractor trailer filled with food to 50 agencies and five school districts Thursday morning.

The OSU Be Kind Campaign packed thousands of meal packets containing a mixture of red lentils, rice, dehydrated vegetables and seasonings. EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) Program Assistant Renee Eichler explained the packets can be used with other meals or as a meal itself.

“That single bag will feed six people” Eichler said.

Columbiana County was the first of four stops part of among four counties. Sydney Young, 17, of United High School, participates in multiple extra curricular opportunities and enjoyed the opportunity to help her community.

Eichler explained community organizations have the ability to help many residents who otherwise would not ask for help. “Its a big deal for us to get this,” Eichler explained. The delivery of 4,257 pounds of food enabled Columbiana County Ohio State University Extension to reach every township in the county. The local Ohio State Alumni Association also helped during the food distribution event Thursday.

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