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Harrison Hills City Schools gets food program boost

Photo Provided Josh Reed, from left, Jenny Gibson, Therese Mizer and Matt Scott of the Ohio Contractors Association present a $7,000 check to the Harrison Hills City School District to assist with its food program.

CADIZ — For the second consecutive year, the Ohio Contractors Association/Eastern Division presented a $7,000 check to the Blessings in Backpack food program for the Harrison Hills City School District.

The check was presented Jan. 6, according to Jenny Gibson, who said this is the sixth year of participation for the schools and the second year the association has been involved.

The OCA works with road work crews and the utility industry. Its connection with the school district was made possible by an individual living in Cadiz who was working on a road crew, according to Gibson.

“For more than 100 years our mission has been to provide support, unity and leadership to the heavy highway and utility industry in Ohio for the success of our membership,” according to a statement on ohiocontractors.org.

Gibson said organizers will be packing food bags two weeks each month with plenty of help, but it still takes about two to three hours to finish those 250 bags. Gibson, who works in educational management information systems with the school district, said the Blessings in a Backpack committee not only sends out around 250 bags of food every two weeks to students, but also to some of the students at the Harrison County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

“These bags are provided to our students when there is a chance that there is a food shortage in the home on weekends,” Gibson stated on the Harrison Hills Safe Schools Healthy Students’ Facebook page. “The program relies totally on donations and grants. Each bag contains 2 individual servings of cereal, noodles, and fruits along (with) snacks that are filling,” which come to 10 items.

The Ohio Contractors Association, which operates out of Columbus, could not be reached for comment.

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