Dollar General Settlement Money Disbursed to Family Advocacy Center

Feb 6, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Ottawa County Auditor Jennifer Widmer, left, presents a check to Ashley Walterbusch of the Family Advocacy Center.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost found a creative way to disburse nearly $1 million in settlement money he won from Dollar General’s price discrepancies suit this past year. Yost asked each county auditor to pick a food pantry to receive the county’s share of settlement dollars.

Ottawa County Auditor Jennifer Widmer selected the Family Advocacy Center to receive $6,290.71. The Family Advocacy Center, in addition to having an emergency food pantry, provides weekend and school break food bags to all school districts in the county. These bags are distributed to children that may experience food insecurity while out of school.

“The agency has been providing over 500 bags of food across the county for long weekends and school breaks,” said Family Advocacy Center Executive Director, Connie Roe.

In addition, the center provides ongoing food support to the schools to be distributed to children who need routine support on the weekends.

The Family Advocacy Center also provides summer lunches and distributed more than 97,000 meals last summer. Widmer was incredibly happy to be able to assign these funds to an agency helping to feed children all year.

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