BELLVILLE — From Dec. 1, 2018 through Christmas, Jason Potes, owner of Stoodt’s Market in Bellville, spearheaded a food drive to benefit the Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center (BNOC).
Customers were given the opportunity to purchase $5, $10 and $20 bags of food items, which they paid and that benefited families provided assistance by BNOC throughout the year.
BNOC was thank for the effort and the big hearts of the Clear Fork community, the customers who shop at Stoodt’s, Potes, and all the employees of Stoodt’s Market in Bellville.
The grand total donated was $8,500, which was equivalent of 6,953 pounds of food, including sugar, crackers, apple juice, and other staple foods needed to serve people in the Clear Fork Valley. These items helped stock the food pantry at the BNOC which saved the BNOC money on items that now don’t have to be purchased through the Cleveland Food Bank and Meijers.
Everything provided to needy families at the BNOC comes courtesy of the generous donations of people and businesses in the community. These donations not only come during the Christmas season, but through the rest of the year, too.
And BNOC food pantry manager Carol J. Hoeflich had a special thank you for Potes, and not only from those at BNOC, but from the entire Clear Fork community.