YOUNGSTOWN - Local legislators received the Friend of Agriculture Award and Second Harvest Food Bank received donations of cash and apples during a ceremony held recently by the Mahoning and Trumbull County Farm Bureau.
The legislators in attendance to receive the award were Congressman Timothy J. Ryan, D-17 District; Chris Gagin, representing Congressman Charlie Wilson, D-6 District; state Representatives Deborah Newcomb, District 99, Mark Okey, District 61, Robert Hagan, District 60, and Tom Letson, District 64; R. Price representing Rep. Ronald Gerberry; and state Sen. Capri S. Cafaro, District 32.
The donation was from the 13,500 members of the Mahoning and Trumbull county Farm Bureaus in honor of the legislators who have earned the Friend of Agriculture Award.
"We extend our sincere thanks to the families of the Farm Bureau for their generous financial gift and for the produce donated,'' Mike Iberis, executive director of the Food Bank, said.
"We recognize and appreciate Congressman Ryan for his support during passage of the Farm Bill and to our state legislators for their support of the Ohio Agriculture Surplus Production Alliance which provides more than 50 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to hungry families statewide,'' Iberis said.