Coffee @ the Lofts gives back

By Ciara Conley - [email protected]

Throughout the month of December Coffee @ the Lofts, 842 Gallia Street, will be hosting a special fundraiser for the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund and the Salvation Army.

For each gift card purchased, Coffee @ the Lofts will give a donation equal to ten percent of the purchase price to the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund or the Salvation Army, whichever the customer chooses.

“We’re just working to bring awareness to these two non-profits and all the work that they do,” said Terry Ockerman, owner of the Lofts and Coffee @ the Lofts. “A lot of people come in and they see it right at our register and if they don’t know about the charities, our staff explains the process.”

The Steven A Hunter Hope Fund was established January 2006 in memory of Steven A Hunter. After his passing, his parents, Mark and Virgie Hunter, established the Hope Fund to assist those in need, hoping to continue their son’s legacy of loving the community and those within it.

The goal of the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund is to provide goods, services, and funds for the benefit of students with financial needs. The fund currently provides over 200,000 meals a year to over 1,000 students in 17 school districts, including all of Scioto County and parts of Adams and Pike counties.

The meals are distributed through ‘Power Packs,’ given out on Fridays to ensure students do not go hungry over the weekend. Each pack contains five pounds of food and four meals.

“Each Power Pack costs three dollars to put together, so if you buy a $30 gift-card, you’re not only giving a gift to someone you know, you’re giving a gift to a child in need,” said Mark Hunter. “To sustain what we’ve done so far, it takes a pretty good budget but in addition we are looking to possibly establish some in school pantries for the coming year. It’s fantastic to have people in the community understand the need. Poverty is the driving force in this community that causes the hunger problem. Whether it’s the Salvation Army or the Hope Fund, they both work to provide meals for those in need and that need is so high, especially around the holidays.”

While the Salvation is a national organization, the Portsmouth chapter works to provide a variety of programs to the area.

“We have a hot-meal program that we run five days a week, a monthly grocery assistance program. We also assist with children’s programs like arts programs, scouting and troop programs, we help kids go to camps,” said Lieutenant Jeremiah Eisley. “We know that we certainly can’t do it all but that doesn’t stop us from trying. Whenever you buy a gift card from Coffee @ the Lofts, you’re partnering with us to fight poverty and hunger and giving children the opportunity to rise above and realize their full potential.”

For more information about Coffee @ The Lofts, you can go online to or Facebook “Coffee at the Lofts,” to learn more about the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund and the Salvation Army, please visit, “Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund,” and Facebook, “Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps.”

By Ciara Conley

[email protected]

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley – Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley - Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.