Annual Campaign to Fight Hunger Kicks Off
On Feb. 29, the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio launched its annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign. The food bank’s goal is to raise enough money and collect enough food to fund one million meals across Lorain, Erie, Crawford and Huron counties by April 9. The first event was held in Lorain and was set up by Tony Gallo, honorary chairman of the food bank and president of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce. Contributions from local organizations and food drives run by schools, businesses and individual families are the main source of food for the bank. There are over 100 parties involved in the push for one million meals.
Trump Campaign Goes Local
Donald Trump supporters have rented a storefront in the Meridian Plaza in Lorain to serve as Trump’s Lorain County headquarters. The space has been rented for six months and has windows plastered with campaign materials. The space was previously a wig and hair shop and was set up in preparation for Trump’s recent visit to Columbus on March 1. Four thousand people attended his rally at the Port of Columbus International Airport amidst a sea of “Make America Great Again” signs.
Funding to Demolish Blighted Areas
Lorain County recently received more than $3.3 million from the $96.6 million awarded for Foreclosure Prevention and Blight Removal in Ohio. The county has increased efforts to collect delinquent property taxes from owners of rundown houses. This money is being used for the demolition of homes that bring down property values across the county. The county currently has over 100 pending foreclosures.