Terry Baltes: Getting to Know the Ohio Association of Foodbanks
Poverty has unfortunately become an epidemic in the United States in recent years. But various associations have sprung up across the country to fight for and aid those who live below the poverty line. One of these organizations is the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. They help twelve of the Feeding America foodbanks by providing resources and food to people in need. They also ensure that they are providing food that is shelf-stable and nutritional. This is important for families who may need enough food that will last until the food banks can get more groceries to them. It ensures they have enough food for those interval periods.
The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is fortunate to have created relationships with local Ohio farmers who can directly supply the program with fruits, vegetables, and other healthy products. Without these partnerships, the Ohio Association would not have an affordable source of healthy foods to provide to those in need. In addition to providing food, Ohio Association of Foodbanks also provides services, programs, and advocates on behalf of those living below the poverty line. They are politically active and use this stand to push for programs that will allow people to purchase and have access to healthier foods at reasonable costs.
Terry Baltes is a local businessman in the Dayton, Ohio area. He is the founder, owner, and current manager of Baltes Commercial Realty, a real estate agency that he opened in 1977. Since then, he has sold over $4 billion worth of real estate property and more hotels than any other person in the entire Midwest. He feels strongly about the epidemic of poverty seen in the United States, and looks for opportunities to assist alleviating poverty in Ohio. Americans need to come together to help each other. By supporting programs like food banks, we can help anyone in the country who may need it.