Every day, 9,500 kids in Clermont County are at risk of hunger. Empower Youth is working to address the need in Southern Ohio. Located at 2800 State Route 125 in Bethel, Empower Youth fights hunger with hot meals and weekend food bags.
The organization also provides experiences through summer camps and college visits. In 2017, Empower Youth distributed roughly 82,000 pounds of food to hungry children in the community.
“Our biggest need is connection,” said Lori Conley, Director of Empower Youth. “Food brings people together. Food allows an invitation into their life. Food breaks down this barrier. That’s why we use that to build trust, relationships, and give students opportunities for leadership growth, camp, and opportunities to build their own resources… all because of about three pounds of food in a weekend food bag!”
You can help support Empower Youth’s efforts through the Freestore Foodbank’s 15th Annual Hunger Walk & 5K Run.
The event, taking place at 9:00 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 in downtown Cincinnati, helps support the Freestore Foodbank’s network of 400 community partner agencies located in 20 counties throughout Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky. Partner agencies form teams and raise money through pledges of support from their community. Registration is $20 or $25 with a t-shirt.
“We are representing young voices spread out all over Appalachia Ohio. Much different than urban poverty, our customers are beyond the bus line. There is no rallying point. They have no means of being heard. By building a team dedicated to empowering the youth in rural poverty, we are bringing hope to communities that we serve.”
Empower Youth has a goal to raise $10,000 through Hunger Walk this year, the equivalent of 30,000 meals. To join the Empower Youth Hunger Walk team or to donate to its Hunger Walk efforts, call (513) 482-FOOD (3663) or visit www.cincinnatihungerwalk.org. Online registration is open until 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 25.
To learn more about Empower Youth and its services, please visit https://empoweryouth.me/.