Amateur radio service helps fight hunger – Lifestyle – Record-Courier

The Portage County Amateur Radio Service, a local amateur radio club, is giving back to the community a donation of $ 6,445 to the Center of Hope in Ravenna.

The Amelia DiGirolamo Hope Center is dedicated to improving the nutrition of low-income people in Portage County, where local pantries are not present. Hot meals are offered free of charge five days a week and are typically served to between 75 and 100 people each day. Groceries are available monthly through the Christian Closet. Socialization opportunities, cooking classes and referral services are also offered.

Outgoing PCARS President Rick Kruis, K8CAV, said he was “honored to be part of an organization as generous as the members of PCARS”. New PCARS Chair Jim Wilson, AC8NT said that “continuing to serve our community will be an important function of PCARS as 2018 approaches.”

Mark Frisone, Executive Director of Family & Community Services, of which the Center of Hope is a part, said “it couldn’t have happened at a better time” as the Center of Hope prepares to serve the community during the Action Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. These are always the busiest times for the Hope Center and the greatest number of residents are served each day.

The Portage County Amateur Radio Service is a club for Amateur Radio Operators and anyone interested in becoming an Amateur Radio Operator. The club organizes monthly meetings and activities related to improving the skills and knowledge of its members in relation to radio science. Amateur radio is recognized as a valuable national asset, especially in emergencies. For more information on Amateur Radio and PCARS, visit the PCARS website at