June 27, 2024: State Rep. Michele Grim (D-Toledo) held a press conference regarding the allocation of $650K to the SeaGate Food Bank.

“Organizations like SeaGate are the bedrock of our community, providing resources for community members when they may have nowhere else to turn. I am proud to have fought for their inclusion in this year’s capital budget, ensuring they are able to refurbish a deteriorating façade and double their capacity for frozen food items. These upgrades will empower those on the frontlines to continue to serve Toledo day in, and day out,” said Rep. Grim.

This funding will be used to completely demolish and refurbish the façade of the Food Bank. Additionally, funds will be used to build storage and install an additional freezer. This would double the freezer capacity that SeaGate currently has and allow them to accept many more frozen donations.

The One-Time Strategic Community Investment funding is thanks to Rep. Grim’s support of House Bill (HB) 2, the state’s record-setting $6.2B biennial state capital budget, which allocates funds to local projects statewide.

SeaGate Food Bank of Northwest Ohio,  located at 526 High Street in Toledo, provides food entirely free of charge to hundreds of pantries and programs throughout the area. For more information about their services or volunteer opportunities visit www.seagatefoodbank.org or call 419-244-6996