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Park National Bank partners with Food Pantry Network of Licking County to provide extra volunteers, resources in February

February 18, 2019

NEWARK, Ohio – The Park National Bank (Park) is partnering with the Food Pantry Network of Licking County to provide additional volunteers to three of the busiest food pantries in Licking County in February due to the recent government shutdown and winter weather conditions.

With the added volunteers, the food pantries at Second Presbyterian Church in Newark, Newark Church of the Nazarene and The Salvation Army of Newark, Ohio, are able to stay open longer and serve more families in need. This month, a total of 62 Park associates are volunteering at one of the three locations, while Park also made a donation that helped secure an additional 65,000 pounds of food for February. In all, the Food Pantry Network of Licking County purchased 430,000 pounds of food to prepare for the added projected need this month.

“We are always happy to help support our community partners and the Food Pantry Network of Licking County delivers an extraordinary service to those in need,” said Park National Bank Vice President Karen Rice. “Our associates are eager to serve and provide extra hands during the month of February.”

The Food Pantry Network of Licking County was established in 1981 to coordinate the acquisition and distribution of emergency food supplies by working through its member food agencies. Along with food supplies, fresh produce is also delivered to the Food Pantry Network’s warehouse in Newark. To qualify for services, residents must meet household income guidelines and show photo identification, as well as proof of residency and household size.

“We are grateful for the support from our partners in Licking County to help us ensure no family goes hungry,” said Food Pantry Network of Licking County Executive Director Chuck Moore. “We know that February is going to be a hard month for a lot of families, especially at the end of the month, and our volunteers and community are here to help meet that need.”

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