Hussman Foundation, through a partnership with Feeding America, and the Southeastern Ohio Hunger Fund will each donate $5,000 to Southeastern Ohio Food Bank, a division of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action, as part of a matching program to help generate additional donations to the food bank by Aug. 15.
The Southeastern Ohio Hunger Fund matched the $5,000 challenge grant from The Hussman Foundation.
Southeastern Ohio Hunger Fund founders Jeff and Helen Davidson and co-adviser Rev. David Maze hope to spur additional donations up to and beyond the $10,000 total challenge amount by Aug. 15. Donations may be made online at www.hapcap.org or by mail to Hocking Athens Perry Community Action, P.O. Box 220, Glouster, Ohio 45732. Make checks payable to HAPCAP.
"I like to thank both the Hussman Foundation and Southeastern Ohio Hunger Fund for their generosity," said Tracy Galway, HAPCAP Food and Nutrition division director. "It's a wonderful opportunity to have up to $10,000 in match money from any donations received through Aug. 15."
The Hussman Foundation's intent is to leverage its support to enhance fundraising efforts in smaller food banks, while making an impact in high-need service areas. Southeastern Ohio Food Bank has been named as one of 10 Feeding America network members selected to receive this funding, based on a combination of food insecurity rate, operating budget and fundraising revenue data.
The mission of the Hussman Foundation is to provide life-changing assistance through medical research, education and direct aid to vulnerable individuals having urgent needs or significant disabilities.
The Davidsons, longtime Dublin, Ohio, residents, are both CPAs who worked in tax and financial management positions for years. They believe that nothing one accomplishes in the business world is as important as giving back to people who haven't had the same opportunities in life that they had.
In October 2007, Jeff Davidson made a trip to Logan and was moved and humbled by all that he experienced and knew that he could never accept the fact that people in Ohio are struggling to put food on their tables.
Because of those experiences, the Southeastern Ohio Hunger Fund was created. It is administered through the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, P.O. Box 456, 35 Public Square, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764.