GREEN  The City of Green is hosting its annual Green Gives Back, a citywide food drive, through Dec. 31 to benefit Green Good Neighbors.

Families, businesses and community groups are invited to participate and drop off non-perishable food items at various locations around Green. Public drop-off locations include all city buildings, Portage Lakes Career Center (the week of Dec. 4), Green Branch Library, Boggs Chiropractic, Kids Play Academy, YMCA, GreenView Senior Assisted Living, KinderCare, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health & Wellness, and Kemppel Homes.

For an up-to-date list of public drop-off spots in Green, visit www.cityofgreen.org/green-gives-back.  Businesses interested in participating or being a public drop off location may contact Kelly Lavaco at klavaco@cityofgreen.org.  

In addition to non-perishable food items, Green Good Neighbors is also in need of personal care and household items such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, feminine products, diapers, dish soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, facial tissues, and paper towels.

According to the 2011 census numbers, approximately 4.6 percent of families in Green are living below the poverty level. Green Good Neighbors, a not-for-profit located at Greensburg United Methodist Church, provides food, clothing and other essentials to families in Green, Clinton, Coventry and New Franklin. Approximately 60 percent of the families served live in Green.  

Clients of Green Good Neighbors are referred by Infoline, a social services information clearinghouse; school nurses; counselors; clergy and other social service agencies. The organization serves approximately 2,700 families a year. For those who are in need, contact Infoline at 330-376-4850 to find out if you qualify for assistance from the organization. Green Good Neighbors has been serving the community of Green for the past 24 years.