DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Hundreds of Dayton-area families are getting a taste of the holidays.
For its ninth consecutive year, Buckeye Health Plan donated frozen turkeys and hams for its annual ‘Operation Feed the Hungry.’
Tuesday, the Medicare plan provider stopped in Dayton during its second day of holiday distribution across the state. Fourteen of Buckeye Health Plan’s community partner organizations picked up their share of food to give to their clients.
Sheri Aldridge, the founder and executive director of New Beginnings for You, was picking up 40 turkeys and hams for the families her non-profit serves. She said she’s seen Dayton’s hunger issues growing over several years.
“It’s not just the holidays,” Aldridge said. “You have families that definitely are in need year-round. To me, I think the need is actually increasing, which is very heartbreaking and sad.”
According to Buckeye Health Plan, one in seven Ohioans and one in five Ohio children struggle with hunger.
“Doing this is a way of us giving back to the community,” explained Buckeye Health Plan community relations representative Anisa Ballard.
In total this year, the company donated 425 turkeys and hams to Dayton-area organizations. Since 2010, its helped more than 31,000 families across Ohio.