Food for the Hungry is the annual collection of food and funds to benefit Interchurch Social Services, The Salvation Army and other food assistance organizations of Knox County. The calendar is full of events and special collections planned to support the annual drive. Donations help stock pantry shelves and give financial assistance to support Knox County's citizens in need. 

Thank you for supporting the 38th annual Food For The Hungry drive
Thank you for supporting the annual Food for the Hungry drive!
Our current total is $251,376.89  and 21.5 truckloads of food!


Community members came together again this year to support food assistance projects and provide emergency client services through Interchurch Social Services, The Salvation Army and other food assistance organizations of Knox County.


Volunteers staffed 22 different collection points around the county on Saturday 12/14 to collect food and money, while local media combined to produce an eight-hour live broadcast on radio and the internet.


Food For The Hungry also announced the awarding of 28 grants, totaling $42,500 to county projects involving food assistance.


Grants of $2,000 went to:

ACTS Food Pantry

Byron Saunders Foundation, Knox County Chapter

Covenant Food Pantry

Jacqueline McCalla- Cordle Children’s Fund Food Pantry

The Freedom Center, Nutrition in Recovery Program

Central Christian Church Food Pantry

The Church on the Rise Food Pantry

Lifepoint Church, Backpacks of Hope


Apostolic Christian Church, Food Pantry

Knox Learning Center, Hungry For Knowledge Project

The KCCC (Knox County Career Center), Food Pantry

The Father’s Table, Food Pantry


$1,500 grants were awarded to:

St. Paul’s Church Hot Meals Program

Gay Street United Methodist Church Hot Meals Program

First Congregational Church of Christ Hot Meals Program

Fredericktown United Methodist Church, Peace Meals Program


$1,000 grants went to:

Centerburg Church of God, Double Portion Program

CHOMP Ministries Free Produce Market

The Winter Sanctuary

Trinity Worship Center, Blizzard Bags Program

TouchPointe Marriage and Family Resources

The Main Place

Knox County Taskforce for Older Adults, Farmers Market Senior Vouchers

Place 4 Grace, Feeding 1, Feeds More

New Directions, Hunger Needs After Hours after Hours Project

Mount Vernon Association of Police Chaplains, The Half Units Program


We also awarded a $500 grant to 16:15 sk8 Ministry.


Mount Vernon Nazarene University presented the Stephen Zelkowitz Memorial Award to: Cindi Doolittle, a member of Psi Iota Xi that helped with the drive for many years. 


Kenyon College presented the exciting results of this year’s Snowflake Gala and the President’s Christmas Reception raised $90,500 and 20 boxes of food.


One event continues through December 31st with the Festival of Trees at
the Floral Valley Community Center in Apple Valley.


You can stay updated at


The video archive of Saturday’s broadcast is also available at
in the 
on-demand tab.



Here are some other exciting totals!

$11.00 and 173 food items were collected at the Mount Vernon Christmas Parade.


The Central Knox County Elementary school collection was hosted by Psi Iota Xi Sorority. The students collected $5,107.78 and 6,346 food items!  (That is 5.8 truckloads of food)!


The Greater Knox County Elementary school collection involved Centerburg, Danville, East Knox and Fredericktown schools. This collection was hosted by Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. The kids brought in $4,165 and 2,782 food items – that is 2.29 truckloads of food.

That makes an overall amazing total from our elementary kids this year - $9,272.78 and 9,128 food items (equals 7.31truckloads)!



Knox County High Schools collected for Food for the Hungry this year. Central Ohio Technical College
coordinated this collection.

The students collected a TOTAL of $3,454.20 and 2,034 food items. That equals 1.629 trucks!


Centerburg High School

Centerburg High School collection dates were 12/3 through 12/6. The National Honor Society coordinated the drive. They held a "Spirit Week" theme with a new theme each day. They collected cash and shelf stable items and delivered to Centerburg Interchurch Social Services. They awarded the top three donors with a gift card.
Staff and students collected 200 food items and $400.00!


Danville High School

The National Honor Society went Trick or Treating for canned goods and all students participated in the Can In The Teacher event in November.  

285 food items were collected along with $507.00.


East Knox Schools

East Knox High School collection dates were early in November.
Staff and students collected 193 food items and $354.00.


Fredericktown Schools

Fredericktown High School collection dates were 12/9 through 12/13 with a competition between homerooms. The winning class received donuts. The National Honor Society coordinated the collections.
That is a total of $1,042.38 and 73 food items!


Knox County Career Center

Knox County Career Center collection dates were November 14th through December 13th. 

Competitions between labs:

Collision Repair Lab won the overall and most money category

Landscape & Design Lab brought in the most food items


Knox County Career Center collection dates were November 14th through December 13th.

They gave out pizza parties to:

The lab that brought in the most items overall

The lab that bought in the most food items

The lab that brought in the most cash per person

Staff and students collected 1,110 food items and $862.50. The food equals .88 truckloads of food –
just under 1 truckload of food!


Mount Vernon High School

Mount Vernon High School held their collections 11/18 through 11/23.

Staff and students collected 173 food items and $288.32.


The top collecting schools in both the Central Knox County and Greater Knox County competitions are recognized and awarded with multi-year traveling plaques sponsored by Central Ohio Technical College to acknowledge their achievement and contribution to Food for the Hungry.

The Central Knox County Award goes to the Knox County Career Center.


The Greater Knox County Award goes to Danville (with the Middle School
out-competing the High school... Again!)



The Knox County Career Center was VERY involved with this year’s Food For The Hungry.

The Spaghetti Dinner held at the KCCC annual Open House brought in a total of $346.58

The Online Silent Auction of Christmas themed gift baskets brought in a total of $1,720.00

This auction included 6 themed baskets that included gift certificates for goods and services at the Knox County Career Center labs. We also auctioned off an OSU basket filled with goodies for Buckeye fans. This basket was donated by the OSU Alumni Club of Knox County.


The 2020 Graduation Basket brought in $185.00.

The Backyard Mechanic Basket brought in $225.00.

The Wedding Basket brought in $550.00.

The Mom’s Night Out Basket brought in $150.00.

The Auto Care Basket brought in $200.00.

The Vacation Basket brought in $250.00.

The OSU Basket brought in $160.00.

Food For The Hungry also did Facebook Pop-Up auctions with massage certificate packets from Top Notch Massage Therapy. These pop-up auctions brought in $864.00!



The Snowflake Gala: benefiting Knox County Food For The Hungry hosted by Kenyon College was a huge success.


In the 9th year of the event, their net proceeds collected $90,000!

The President’s Community Holiday Reception collected $500.00 in cash donations and at least 20 boxes of canned goods and staples.

So Kenyon’s contribution to Food for the Hungry was $90,500!!

Kenyon presented the William A. Stroud Jr. Award for community service to the Mark and Denise Ramser.

The Centerburg silent auction of wreaths brought in $286.00

Centerburg collections on 12/14 brought in $1,270.51 and 57 food items.

Centerburg Middle/High School brought in $400.00 and 200 food items.
FFA brought in $150.00
Centerburg Elementary brought in 1,346 food items.

Centerburg’s grand total was $2,106.51 and 1,603 food items (1.28  truckloads of food).


Mount Vernon Nazarene University hosted Knox Needs – to create hunger awareness on campus and raise funds for both food and client services.

The MVNU Cougar 5K Run/Walk at Homecoming had 59 participants and brought in $182.00 to be donated to the Knox County Food for The Hungry.

The MVNU Quarter Auction brought in $326.90
Friday Night Live brought in $1,103.55
Happy Christmas Bean brought in $131.43
The Knox Needs Silent Auction brought in $791.00

Chamber/Rotary/Kiwanis Basketball Games brought in $650.00 and several food items. (Rotary was the winning club bringing the most members to the game. They won $100 from the MVNU Athletic Department. President Bob Boss donated it to FFTH)

$300.00 was collected through Free Throw Shooting for Hunger at the MVNU vs. Spring Arbor basketball games. Thanks to Mohican Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation for their sponsorship.


The Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning was a success! 214 runners and walkers participated, raising $1,344 and 893 food items.


MVNU’s Grand Total representing all the events above was $4,828.88, supporting 603 families for 3 days. $8 feeds a family of 4 for 3 days through the Mid-Ohio Foodbank!


The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County Food for fines was another success. $72.00 in cash and 3,200 food items were collected! That’s 2.56 truckloads of food!


The Elixir Presents Foodstock 2019 “Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and the Rolling Stones ” raised $2,050.00 and 662 food items (which is ½ truck of food).


The Knox County Park District “Fire and Ice” Event to benefit Food For The Hungry raised $524.06 and 2 ½ truckloads of food.


First Knox National Bank Donation:  $3,500- corporate donation

Gala employee donations: $1,950

Gala table sponsor for two tables: $2,000

Other employee contributions: $1,215

Total : $8,665 (250 cans of food)



PraiseStock 2019 raised $1,500.


The Esther Jetter Preschool have collected 96 food items and $5.00 so far. They will continue collecting through Wednesday, 12/18


Mount Vernon Dental (along with Super Q 93.7 WQIO) collected $4,493.00 and 14 food items.


Shakti Fit collected $107.00.


Zumba with Carrie Vail (at New Life Church of the Nazarene on Thanksgiving Morning) collected $100.00.


Contemporary Dental Care collected 163 food items.


Tribute Quartet, Victory Trio’s 10th Anniversary Concert collected $100.00.


Mid Ohio Auctions LLC donated buyers’ premiums from several auctions, and collected $300.00


Knox County Board of Realtors donated $320 and collected 200 food items from their annual dinner.


More Totals to Come


THANK YOU for doing YOUR part to fight hunger in our community!

God BLESS you this Christmas!

*You can see pictures and videos at
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*You can also see an amazing video recap of the day at Thanks to Emily Porter and Hunter Hines from MVNU/WNZR Video and Matt Starr from Kokosing River Productions for sharing their video and editing talents with us! *


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