Feeding Medina County Moves to a New Facility to Fulfill Vision
MEDINA, Ohio (August 15, 2018) – Feeding Medina County (FMC) is pleased to announce its move to a new location, increasing the organization’s capacity to help fight food insecurity in Medina County. The new 7,000 square foot location is housed in a mixed-use office/warehouse space at 650 West Smith Road, unit C-8 and includes a large packing area, conference room, and much-needed truck dock. Of the decision to move, Executive Director, Sandy Hinkle said, “It has taken the thoughtful planning and diligence of the FMC Facilities Committee that has worked hard to consider different options for expansion, as well as a board of trustees with a vision for the future to get to this point.”
The urgency for a new facility comes from the growing needs of Medina County citizens. Medina County has a poverty rate of 7% and an estimated 1 out of every 5 children in the county are considered food insecure, meaning that there are not enough resources at home to provide adequate food. The ever-growing senior citizen population in our county has a 16% rate of being at low income or falling in the gap, meaning they make too much for assistance and not enough to live on. 3% of the senior population in Medina County lives in poverty. “In just several short years, Feeding Medina County has grown beyond the original founder’s expectations to serve the food insecure of our county. Along with growth comes growing pains and FMC has been operating in a less than efficient facility for the past three years. Our new location will provide us with so many options to receive and move food in a much more efficient and cost effective way.” said Hinkle.
The staff and board of trustees hope that you will come and celebrate the new space at a community open house on October 3, from 4:00pm-6:00pm.
About Feeding Medina County
Feeding Medina County works to ensure no one goes hungry in Medina County. Through the Weekender program, 1,000+ bags of food are packed weekly for children to take home for meals over the weekend. The participants are from 31 schools that include, elementary, Head Start and Medina County Developmental Disability sites. In addition, FMC provides supplemental food monthly to 300+ seniors and disabled living in eight low income housing facilities across Medina County, helping these residents make it through the month when their pension checks leave them short on basic needs. FMC also coordinates monthly, yearlong food distributions servicing 175+ families at the Medina County Fairgrounds and two offsite locations in the summer months. Lastly, FMC is the only agency in the county that provides a free food transport service that delivers food orders to 24 Medina County pantries, many of which are local churches and Salvation Army.
FMC partners with multiple community organizations to host special events like Pizza Palooza and Medina County Spring Leadership Ball and FMC is the sole sponsor of the yearly county-wide annual educational Poverty – Hunger Summit. FMC is supported through donations, grants, and fundraisers. For more information and how you can get involved, visit www.feedingmedinacounty.org or @FeedingMedinaCounty on Facebook.