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Local Mobile Food Pantry Wins Non-Profit Excellence Award

Honored by Senator Fedor and the OANO


TOLEDO, Ohio–May 11, 2010–Food For Thought, a local provider of food to the area’s impoverished, has been granted the Ohio Non-Profit Excellence Award.  The honor was given on behalf of the Ohio Association of Non-profit Organizations in recognition of the non-profit’s mobile food pantry.

Applicants throughout the state competed regionally in two categories:  small to mid-size (Less than $1 million budget) and large (greater than $1 million budget).  Honors were then divided amongst Northern, Central and Southern regions. Food For Thought received the Northern Region Small to Mid-Size award. 

Food For Thought’s mobile food pantry serves multiple cities and neighborhoods throughout Lucas county by providing three to four bags of groceries to low-income families.  The 17-foot trailer stops at four regular locations each month, including:  Monclova Community Center, Lake Township Fire Department, NuVizion Church and Cedar Creek Church-Toledo Campus.  The mobile pantry also participates in the CARE (Community Asset and Resource Engagement) Team, a unique partnership created by Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak, United Way of Greater Toledo, Lucas County Job and Family Services, along with other agencies, to provide a variety of services to different neighborhoods.

Representatives from the organization also met with Senator Teresa Fedor and were announced during a Point of Personal Privilege at the Ohio Senate Session.  Senator Fedor expressed her appreciation for the group’s efforts.  Toledo Seagate Food Bank was also nominated and received recognition as a finalist for the Northern Region Large Group Award. 

Food For Thought is a local nonprofit organization serving Lucas County through multiple avenues.  Beginning as a small Saturday morning gathering, Food For Thought now serves sack lunches, including their famous PB&J, to around 350 individuals every Saturday morning in downtown Toledo.  Their choice mobile food pantry allows them to serve hundreds of families per month by providing a variety of food and resources to those that may not otherwise have access to a pantry.  The Oregon food pantry housed in space donated by New Harvest Christian Church helped feed nearly 1000 families last month alone.  For more information, please visit