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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - Go Orange September 5 and Tackle Hunger

Hunger Solutions for the Mid-Ohio Valley is urging people to wear orange on Thursday, September 5, as part of a nationwide effort to increase awareness about hunger in our communities during Hunger Action Month. Hunger affects 1 in 6 people across the United States and 1 in 4 in Ohio. Orange is the color of hunger and a great way to show support.

Hunger Solutions for the Mid-Ohio Valley is a nonprofit entity created by a task force formed by the Memorial Health System, People’s Bank and Marietta College to address hunger locally about a year ago.

“Orange is the color of hunger,” says Memorial Health System president & CEO Scott Cantley. “And we are calling on our local community to do what they can to bring attention to and help eliminate hunger in our region.” 

People’s Bank president & CEO Chuck Sulerzyski says “We are asking people to wear orange, tie orange ribbons on their doors, light up their porches with orange lights, share information and color their social media sites with orange. There are lots of creative ways to show support.”

“In addition, people can give of their time, donate food or donate funds at our local food pantries,” says Dr. Joseph Bruno, president, Marietta College. “Our goal is to mobilize our community, to join a national movement, and to take action against hunger.”

Ohio’s First Lady Karen Kasich announced she will lead a fundraising drive for Hunger Action Month that will run August 24 – September 11. The drive will be a statewide effort to support the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and its 12 regional member food banks. During the campaign, volunteers will be delivering door-to-door information and encouraging neighbors to make monetary and food donations.

Hunger Solutions was recently the recipient of the Broughton Ice Cream Social, which raised over $14,000 and will be used in several of the nonprofit group’s initiatives. “We’re expanding our Live Healthy Kids program which sends food educators into second-grade classrooms to teach them about proper nutrition,” says Cantley. “We’re looking at a purchasing program for food pantries through the Southeast Ohio Food Bank which serves 10 counties in our region, and other ways to ensure our local pantries have a steady supply of food.”

For more information on Hunger Action Month, visit www.ohiofoodbanks.org/feedohio.

The Memorial Health System: The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region.  We are comprised of a network of two hospitals, outpatient service sites, assisted and long-term care facilities and a retirement community.  We work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today, while preparing for health needs of our communities in the future. You can learn more by visiting www.memorialhealthlink.org.

Peoples Bank:  Peoples Bancorp Inc. is a diversified financial services holding company with $1.9 billion in total assets, 47 locations and 43 ATMs in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Peoples makes available a complete line of banking, investment, insurance and trust solutions through its subsidiaries - Peoples Bank, National Association and Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC. Peoples' common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market® under the symbol "PEBO", and Peoples is a member of the Russell 3000 index of US publicly-traded companies. Learn more about Peoples at www.peoplesbancorp.com.

Marietta College:  Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,430 full-time students. The College offers 44 majors and has been listed among Barron’s Best Buys in College Education and Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, and has been recognized as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation’s best by Forbes.com.

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