The new executive director of Main Street Delaware has been on the job for more than three weeks and looks forward to coordinating her first of many First Fridays this week.
“The process is going really well,” Susie Bibler said. “Our organization is truly run on a lot of volunteer help.”
Sponsored by Lutheran Social Services Delaware County Food Pantry, 73 London Road, the November 4 First Friday includes a recipe tour through a dozen shops and restaurants from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Delaware. The tour can be begin at Main Street’s office, 20 E. Winter St., to pick up a cover page and binder to contain holiday recipes together.
LSS Food Pantry representatives will be collecting shelf-stable food donations at their donation truck, parked outside Delaware County Bank, 41 N. Sandusky St., with the hope to alleviate hunger issues within the county.
Ohio now ranks as the sixth worst state nationwide for food insecurity. About 33 percent of families on the south side of Delaware are food insecure and 22 percent fall below the poverty line, according to the Delaware General Health District.
“About 13 percent of all residents in Delaware County are at risk of hunger every day,” said Brad Draper, corporate director of the LSS Food Pantries, in prepared remarks. “The LSS Delaware County Food Pantry helped over 2,200 families in the last year. We are grateful for everyone who is helping us make sure these families have a thank-full holiday.”
The First Friday will also include an LSS Gratitude Wall and a holiday-themed photo booth at the Strand Theatre.
Bibler said there are no road closures for this event.
“It should be a good night,” Bibler said.
Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.