A huge food drive to benefit the beleaguered food pantries in Ottawa and Erie counties is happening on Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Volunteers are needed and so are donations of a large amount of food and household items, said Ottawa County Commissioner Mark Stahl.
The food pantries around the area have struggled in recent months in a bid to support families economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The demand for food and household items in both Ottawa and Erie counties has been exceptionally strong with unemployment rampant and many school children missing school breakfasts and lunches.
“In the wake of COVID-19, our local food pantries need our help more than ever,” said Stahl. “Combined efforts to replenish food items are being coordinated by Ottawa’s commissioners, and Sandusky County Commissioner Russ Zimmerman.”
The food drive is being powered by the Eagle Bay District of the Erie Shores Council of the Boy Scouts, along with assistance from local fire departments and sheriff departments as drop-off points.
The commissioners are asking people to bring grocery items to a wide range of locations. All donations will be taken to the local food pantries.
Drop-off locations in Ottawa County are:
- Allen Clay Joint Fire District
- Bay Township Fire Department
- Catawba Island Township Fire Department
- Danbury Township Fire Department
- Erie Township Fire Department
- Harris-Elmore Township Fire Department
- Mid-County EMS
- Portage Township Fire Department
- Port Clinton Fire and Rescue
- Drop-off locations in Erie County are:
- Ballville Township Fire Department
- Clyde Fire Department
- Fremont Fire Department
- Gibsonburg Fire Department
- Helena Fire Department
- Lindsey Fire Department
- Sandusky Township Fire Department
- Townsend Fire Department
- Woodville Fire Department