Holiday food going to those who need it


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Hannah Rosenberg, food programs coordinator at Oberlin Community Services, takes in donations from Oberlin IGA.A special Thanksgiving food-giveaway will be held Nov. 19, with food going to 212 low-income Oberlin households that signed up via Oberlin Community Services.

That is a lot of food for a lot of people — to prepare for this big event, Oberlin IGA owner Leo Braido sponsored a food drive to benefit OCS. He sold prepacked bags of items needed for $10 each, which were then donated to OCS.

More than 200 bags were sold between Nov. 1 and 11.

When I moved to Oberlin in 2014, I told folks I was here to make a living and make a difference. The OCS food drive is part of my commitment to making a difference,” said Braido.

As a special promotion to spur giving on Saturday, Nov. 10, for each bag sold Braido also donated a bag, netting 96 bags of food.

The response of the community has been heart-warming. OCS is so grateful to Leo for leading the charge,” said Margie Longsworth Flood, executive director, “and we are deeply appreciative of the community’s generosity! On behalf of all the staff at OCS, I extend my deepest thanks to everyone who participated. We look forward to sharing this abundance with those in the community who need it most.”

OCS is also gearing up for December holiday festivities.

On Friday, Dec. 14, the organization will hold its Holiday Helping Hands gift distribution, when preregistered families drop by to pick up donated gifts for their children.

At 7 p.m. that evening at First Church in Oberlin, the community will come together for the annual Empty Mugs Holiday Music Extravaganza. This festive, free concert will feature a three-part auction of a catered meal from The Feve, a brass quintet for hire, and the traditional Chris Breuer piece of art. After the concert, the Oberlin Pottery Co-op will sell pottery.

All proceeds from the event go directly to support Oberlin Community Services.

On Dec. 19, OCS will offer its holiday food distribution for income-eligible Oberlin residents. There are already more than 200 households signed up and registration will continue through Nov. 30.

People interested in signing up or donating may contact OCS at 440-774-6579 or by visiting 285 South Professor St.