New Truck Gifted To Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center

  • 5/10/2018 3:12:51 PM
  • Tyler Warner
  • Local News

BELLVILLE, OH - The Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center (BNOC) received a generous gift Thursday Morning from its partner organization, The Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

The Walmart Foundation awarded a grant of $50,000 to the Greater Cleveland Foodbank to reward their Agency of The Year. That money was used to purchase a refrigerated truck and a large cooler to bolster infrastructure in the selected agency, and the BNOC was the recipient. 

"This is just another step... To be standing here at this moment with all the people that are here, and seeing the volunteers that have been here since day one. It is really special, it is really incredible." Said Matthew Merendino, President of the BNOC. "We're so thankful to the Clear Fork area rallying around us to be able to help out people in need."

BNOC was awarded Agency of the Year status in 2017. They serve as one of the Food Bank's food resource centers, aimed at addressing the root causes of hunger in their region, including housing, healthcare, and employment. With the gift of the truck and cooler, BNOC will be able to receive larger, fresher donations from its donors, and will be able to distribute those items quicker, rather than turning them over to the Food Bank in Cleveland for sorting and distribution. BNOC will be much more independent, efficient and cost-effective for its beneficiaries. 

The Truck will be used to make the trip to Wal-Mart's on both Lex Springmill and Possum Road roads, as well as Sams Club and Meijer on Lex-Springmill, to receive donations rather than volunteer's having to use their personal vehicles to accept and transport donations.

"BNOC has been a partner of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank since 2001 and in that time they've been able to provide over 1.8 Million meals through various programs they offer here at their site." Jessica Morgan, Director of Agency Services for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank said Thursday. "They are an invaluable partner of the food bank."

With this truck, the BNOC will be able to increase its distribution by 400,000 pounds of food annually, which includes more than 200,000 pounds of fresh produce. 

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