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Local man comes up with idea to help the hungry in the community

Posted at 4:32 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 17:50:14-04

BROOKLYN, Ohio — A local man had a dream to eliminate hunger in the area and is starting to take the steps to do just that.

John Visnauskas started Baba's Yard.

The organization sends people home with healthy options.

Visnauskas teamed up with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help people out.

"A few dependents on an 8, 9, 10 dollar an hour job doesn't really afford the luxury of fresh corn," said Visnauskas. "I get so much more out of this than the people needing this service."

He said many recipients of the donations struggle to make paychecks stretch. Visnauskas invites the public twice a month for donations in Brooklyn and Parma.

“Paycheck to paycheck. Most Americans are living paycheck to paycheck,” said Brooklyn mayor, Katherine Gallagher. "We have about 3500 residents that are that 200 percent poverty level or below."

Anyone interested in donations must bring an ID,and a couple shopping bags. Visnauskas will be behind City Hall in Brooklyn on June 25, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. He will be in Parma on July 2, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the former State Road Elementary School.