Local stars bag away for cravings, community in Amherst

Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski, who serves as honorary chairwoman of the Harvest for Hunger campaign, bags groceries March 20, 2018, at Amherst Giant Eagle during Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio's celebrity bagging event.

Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski, who functions as honorary chairwoman of the Harvest for Appetite project, bags groceries March 20, 2018, at Amherst Giant Eagle during Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio’s celebrity bagging occasion. Eric Bonzar– The Morning Journal Regional locals and county advocates rolled up their sleeves March 20 during a Star Bagging occasion at Giant Eagle Grocery Store in Amherst.Shoppers at Giant Eagle, 2201 Kresge Drive had the option to have their groceries bagged by Julie Chase-Morefield, president and CEO of 2nd Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio; Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski, who is honorary chairwoman of the food bank’s Harvest for Cravings project; and Tiffany Tarpley, WKYC anchor-reporter and Lorain native.Lorain County mascots such as Stomper of the Lake Erie Crushers Baseball Team, Titus the Titan of Lorain High School and Comet Male of Marion L. Steele in Amherst took part in bagging, as well as rooting on celebrity baggers and socializing with buyers.

Chase-Morefield said the occasion’s purpose was to raise adequate funds to supply one million meals to those in need.To supply funds

for the initiative, 2nd Harvest accepted contributions of either$1,$5 or $10 from shoppers.Every dollar donated

to the food bank throughout the occasion equated to five meals provided, Chase-Morfield said.Initially, only buyers who contributed would get the chance to have their items bagged by the celebrities.However, the stars stated they bagged for all consumers due to the fact that it was an enjoyable activity and excellent to return to the community. Chase-Morefield said that 2nd Harvest staffers Mindi Flynn, with donor services, and Susan Bartosch, director of external affairs, produced the event.The event was a method for staff to have a good time while getting the community active in 2nd Harvest, she said.Kokoski said she has actually never ever worked in a grocery store, but she delighted in getting involved as a celeb bagger.”It’s fantastic to see how individuals are so providing, “she said.”We live in great neighborhood; I don’t care exactly what anybody says.”Although Tarpley does not live

in Lorain any longer, she said she still gets back once a week to visit her parents.She said she aims to get included in Lorain County neighborhoods as

much as possible.Whether it’s speaking at events or offering at Lorain City Schools, Tarpley said she wants to continue to help and remain active in her community.Tarpley stated she also takes pleasure in participating at events in Lorain because she gets to see familiar faces

.”It’s incredible to return and return within your own neighborhood you grew up in,”she stated. “It’s enjoyable.”Do not miss out on