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Ravenna Mayor Joe Bica and Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala are vying once again this year to see which community can "Challenge Hunger" by raising the most money and food for their respective food centers. Bica is raising donations for the Amelia DiGirolamo Center of Hope and Fiala's donations will go to Kent Social Services.
Both sites provide hot, nutritious meals five days a week to anyone who walks through their doors. Approximately 500 people are fed each week at the centers.
The Lord's Pantry, housed at Kent Social Services, provides groceries and other necessary items to residents of Kent and Franklin Township. The Christian Cupboard provides the same items for residents of the greater Ravenna community. Each month nearly 1,200 individuals and families are served through these programs.
"Challenge Hunger" kicked-off on March 1 and will last throughout the month of April during which time the Center of Hope and Kent Social Services will be participating in a nationwide hunger challenge through the Feinstein Foundation. Allan Feinstein is a philanthropist with a passion for ending hunger in America. Each year he offers a $1 million challenge to food banks and feeding centers across the country. The centers will receive matching funds from the Feinstein Challenge for donations raised in our community.
On April 6 both sites will host a community-wide "blitz" to accept donations. Trucks will be stationed at the Center of Hope and Kent Social Services and residents from each community will be encouraged to come out, drop off their donations and help fill the truck.
"Challenge Hunger" wraps up on April 30. In addition to bragging rights, there will be a prize for the mayor whose community raises the most donations.