Bottom Dollar helping food banks

YOUNGSTOWN – Bottom Dollar Food is marking its first birthday in the Youngstown area and celebrated by taking part in helping local food banks by donating more than $10,000.

Meg Ham, president of Bottom Dollar Food, said the company opened its first 14 stores in the Youngstown and Pittsburgh region in early 2012 with two additional locations in late summer.

Ham said $5,000 worth of food was donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. A $5,000 donation of 50 thermal boxes also was presented recently to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for the organization’s hunger relief efforts.

Ham said the company also plans to give $10 to the food banks for every new person who “likes” its Facebook page.

Becky Miller with the food bank said the donation helps the food pantry with the backpack program in several local counties.

The Bottom Dollar Food grocery store opened three Youngstown locations last February, including one on the West Side in the Mahoning Plaza, and two on the South Side, one on Midlothian Boulevard and one on Glenwood Avenue.

Company officials are planning to open a Warren location in the summer at Youngstown and North roads.