Monday, February 26, 2018

Fish Choice Pantry to provide free help with tax filing

A capacity building grant from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks will support services

Greenville, Ohio February, 2018– The Fish Choice Pantry will receive funding to support the expansion of their free tax filing services through The Ohio Benefit Bank™. The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB™) is a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks that provides free help with federal, state and school district tax filing to nearly 30,000 Ohio households each year.

Fish Choice Pantry will be providing free tax completion services to the Darke County community by appointment, by providing weekday, evening and Saturday appointments.

The OBB is made up of a network of more than 1,000 community and faith-based organizations that connect Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and child tax credits, through one streamlined online service called The Benefit Bank®. Ohioans can visit sites like Fish Choice Pantry to file their taxes for free with a trained counselor, or they can file on their own at Most households using the married filing jointly status with incomes less than $95,000 and most households using other filing statuses with incomes less than $65,000 are eligible to file their federal, state and school district taxes for free with the OBB.

In 2017, The Fish Choice Pantry served well over 450 residents of Darke and surrounding Counties. “This year, we hope to serve even more residents and help them keep the full tax refunds they’ve earned,” said Fish Director, Kristy Cutarelli.

Residents interested in making an appointment to have their taxes filed through the OBB can call 937-547-9730. Appointments are available weekdays, evenings, or at one of their Saturday tax clinics.

Community members interested in volunteering as OBB counselors are welcome to call Kristy or Laura at 937-547-9730 for more information.

About Fish Choice Pantry
Fish Choice Pantry is an ecumenical organization providing nutritious food to Darke County residents on an emergency basis. The food pantry is located at 400 Markwith Ave, Greenville, OH. Our hours of operation are: Monday 1-2 pm, Wednesday 10-11 am and Friday 4-5 pm each week. Home deliveries are available to shut-ins Monday thru Saturday by calling FISH at 548-2000. Please call 937-547-9730 for more information on how you can become a part of this worthwhile organization.

About the Ohio Association of Foodbanks
The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger, representing Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,300 member charities including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. In SFY 2016, the association and its member foodbanks were able to acquire and distribute over 208 million pounds of food and grocery items. The association also serves as the home of The Ohio Benefit Bank and operates the state’s largest navigator program for the Affordable Care Act. Follow the association on Twitter, stay connected on Facebook and visit them on the web at

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