LOGAN — Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) is excited to announce its new Director of Food & Nutrition programs. Andrew Mayle assumed his position at HAPCAP’s Southeast Ohio Foodbank & Kitchen on Oct. 29.
He will oversee programs including Meals on Wheels, the Summer Food Service Program, the Agricultural Clearance Program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, the Foodbank’s 70-plus member pantries, and more.
“We are excited to have Andrew on board to lead us in carrying out our mission to feed our neighbors in Southeast Ohio,” stated Kelly Hatas, Executive Director of HAPCAP. “I am confident that he will continue to build on the relationships and strategies s we have been developing to fight hunger in our communities.”
Mayle comes from Belpre, and is eager to give back to his Southeast Ohio Community. He recently served as a Nutritionist for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Community Health at the Ohio State University and his Master of Science in Food and Nutrition Science at Ohio University. Mayle also served as a Health Services Manager for the Head Start program, where he became familiar with the mission of Community Action.
“Self-sufficiency is at the heart of all of Community Action’s programs,” said Mayle. “I am seeing firsthand the resilience of this community and how staff is dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.”
The Southeast Ohio Foodbank & Regional Kitchen serves 10 counties, including Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, and Washington. One in six individuals in Southeast Ohio are struggling with hunger, including one in four children.
The Foodbank has four main initiatives including Senior Feeding, Child Hunger, Feeding Families, and Healthy Eating, to help bridge the meal gap that so many residents experience.
The Foodbank is a member of Feeding America and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Its Logan-based warehouse acts as a distribution center to over 70 local member pantries and kitchens. In 2017, the Foodbank distributed over one million pounds of Ohio produce, served over 155,000 summer meals to children, and distributed over 6.4 million pounds of food to families in need.
“We are so grateful for the partnerships we have to make these efforts possible,” stated Hatas. “There is a tremendous need in our area with over 40 percent of residents qualifying for our services. We look forward to working with Andrew and our community supporters to ensure these numbers will continue to increase so that no individual in Southeast Ohio will go hungry.”
In accordance with its Senior Feeding initiative, the Foodbank is currently accepting applications for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Seniors 60-plus making less than 130 percent of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines are encouraged to apply.
Once enrolled, seniors will receive a box of nutritionally-balanced supplemental food every month free of charge. To determine eligibility, enroll, or ask questions contact the Foodbank by calling 740-385-6813 ext. 2221.
Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) is an organization dedicated to lifting the barriers placed by poverty in southeast Ohio. Their staff of 200-plus employees work to bridge local gaps in transportation, food and nutrition, child development, housing, energy assistance, job training, and infrastructure. HAPCAP is part of the national Community Action Partnership, which serves 99 percent of counties in the United States.
For more information on HAPCAP programs, contact Claire Gysegem, Public Relations Manager at 740-385-6813 x 2248, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.