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$10,000 Dunkin’ grant presented

FOOD PROGRAM HELP — A $10,000 grant from the Dunkin’ Joy in Children Foundation was presented Tuesday by Audra Mitchell, Dunkin’ public relations manager, center, to Bobbyjon Bauman, OVYN president and director of the Sycamore Youth Center, and his wife, Pamela, who helped write the grant. The money will help with the ongoing food program to help children in need. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — A $10,000 grant from the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation will go a long way in helping to feed local children in need, according to Bobbyjon Bauman, president of the Ohio Valley Youth Network and director of the Sycamore Youth Center, 301 N. Fourth St.

A formal check presentation there Tuesday involved Audra Mitchell, public relations manager at Dunkin, and Bauman and his wife, Pamela, who helped write the grant.

“The Joy in Childhood Foundation is Dunkin’s foundation, and this year we’ve earmarked $1 million for organizations to help children through hunger and other issues, and actually Dunkin franchisees and local crew members chose the organizations who are receiving these grants so that makes it extra special,” Mitchell explained. “The Ohio Valley Youth Network and the Sycamore Center is a recipient of one of those grants.”

The center has provided meals to children in need every Friday since the coronavirus pandemic hit. The ongoing food program translates into as many as 500 meals weekly.

“We’ve been giving away food since last March (2020) so we’ve been doing this a year and a half now, every single week, and it costs money to do that,” Bauman noted, expressing appreciation for the funds.

“Last year we got a $5,000 grant from them for COVID relief, but this year we wrote for a $10,000 one, and they gave us the full amount we asked for,” said a grateful Bauman.

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