ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP -- INEOS Pigments’ Ashtabula site has donated $2,500 to the Geneva Food Pantry through the international INEOS Community Fund, officials said Monday.
The money will be used to buy a commercial cooler to safely store and distribute milk to local residents.
“We are delighted to have been awarded this grant which will be spent on making immediate changes to our food pantry to ensure we can continue to help provide for the hungry in our local community in these particularly tough circumstances,” said Valerie Leitch, director of the Geneva Food Pantry.
The Geneva Food Pantry is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization which provides emergency food supplies to people in food poverty throughout the Geneva City School District.
Under normal circumstances, 500 people are helped each month through the charity’s provision of hot meals and distribution of free boxes containing everyday essential groceries. Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, demand from the local community has more than doubled, while food donations dropped considerably, Leitch said.
“Like many charities, we are finding it incredibly difficult at the moment as donations slow and we’re forced to cancel essential fund-raising plans,” she said. “The INEOS donation is critical in helping us respond to the rising needs of local people to ensure that no one in our community has to go hungry.”
Misty Hejduk, human resources business partner manager at INEOS Pigments Ashtabula, said the Geneva Food pantry is “an incredible charity that works at the very heart of our community” to ensure that the people most in need are fed.
“We are delighted that we can help the organization as it coordinates a response to the huge rise in demand in these difficult times through the INEOS Community Fund,” she said.
The INEOS Community Fund was established by INEOS Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe in March 2020 in tandem with the company’s COVID-19 “Hands On” campaign, which set up new production lines to provide millions of bottles of free hand sanitizer per month to hospitals and frontline healthcare. The fund enables INEOS sites across the world to support the charitable organizations doing vital work in their local communities at this particularly difficult time.
INEOS Pigments, 2426 Middle Road, consists of two facilities -- Plant 1 and Plant 2 -- that produce titanium dioxide pigment and titanium chemical products.
More details about The Geneva Food Pantry are available via its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/genevaohiofoodpantry/