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Santa Maria Community Services’ Project Advance AmeriCorps Dedicates Food Pantry in Lower Price Hill

April 20, 2022

Christy Cauley                                                        
Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.
(513) 557-7297

CINCINNATI, OH – Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will be opening an outdoor food pantry at its Joe Williams Family Center, located at 2312 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45204. The official unveiling will occur at noon on Friday, April, 22, 2022 at the Joe Williams Family Center.

Santa Maria’s food pantry project was spearheaded by its Project Advance AmeriCorps volunteers. Kish Richardson, an AmeriCorps member serving as an Education Instructor at Santa Maria, helped organize the project. “This year’s service project theme is addressing food insecurity, hunger and waste in Cincinnati,” Richardson said. The AmeriCorps team coordinated a food drive to collect canned goods, hygiene products and non-perishable items at four locations that utilize AmeriCorps volunteers throughout the city. Once the pantry is filled on Friday, all remaining items from the drive will be donated to La Soupe and the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation and Black Power Initiative’s Community Food Distribution Program.

“No one should have to wonder where their next meal is coming from,” said Hunter Lang, Project Advance AmeriCorps Program Director at Santa Maria. “For 125 years, Santa Maria has provided resources, including food, to those in the community suffering from poverty and especially food insecurity. This pantry is another way Santa Maria can help the people of Lower Price Hill help themselves by providing safe, high-quality foods so that they can feed themselves and their family nutritious meals,” he said.

The Joe Williams Family Center, named for long-time Santa Maria supporter and Chairman of the Board of the Cincinnati Reds, Joe Williams, offers learning spaces for Santa Maria's Youth Development program, a gym, tutoring center, kitchen, and art and dance classes. During Joe Williams Family Center regular operating hours, 12-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, families may seek food assistance from Santa Maria staff. Outside of those operating hours, the pantry will be open to the public.

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