FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY – 2020
JOIN WNZR TO SUPPORT THE KNOX COUNTY FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY DRIVE
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.
Here are some of the upcoming events: All proceeds from these events benefit the Knox County Food For The Hungry drive!
For more information, log on to www.FoodForTheHungryCares.org.
Food For The Hungry - Working together to care for our neighbors.
Join WNZR at the 39th annual Food for the Hungry drive, Friday, December 11. We will bring you live updates all day from 9am to 5pm. Join us as we share updates on the total and all activities. We will also be talking with the amazing volunteers of this project. The Big Blue Crew wants YOUR help in supporting Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army.
The top ten food items needed are canned meat (chicken, tuna), beef stew/hearty soups, canned pasta, boxed dinners (Hamburger Helper), peanut butter, spaghetti/spaghetti sauce, cereal (hot and cold), baked beans/kidney/chili beans, noodles/instant rice/potatoes, canned fruits and vegetables. *Cans that can be opened without a can opener (pop top) are best.*
The Turkey Trot was a success on Thanksgiving
The 10th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk was held on Thanksgiving morning on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. WeRunMV hosted this annual fundraiser to benefit Food For The Hungry.
Donations totaled $1,536 and 449 food items.
We thank everyone for making this event a part of their holiday!
Thanks for your support of Food For The Hungry.
Coffee Shops join forces to help Food for the Hungry
Food For The Hungry presents a new partnership to raise funds for the Knox County community.
The first-ever "Battle of the Coffee Shops" is coming back December 1-9. During these dates, community members can go into their favorite coffee shop and donate non-perishable food items or give a financial donation to FFTH.
Each person who donates $1 or more can put their name into a drawing for a gift card to that coffee shop. Customers can enter the drawing once per day.
The seven coffee shops participating include The Blonde Robin in Danville, The Brickhouse Grind in Fredericktown, Cotto’s Treats, Half Baked Café, Happy Bean and North Main Café in Mount Vernon, and Wiggin Street Coffee in Gambier.
At the end of the second donation period, the coffee shop with the most collected donations will win the “Food for the Hungry Coffee Shop of the Year” Trophy and bragging rights for the year.
Knox County High Schools are helping Food For The Hungry!
2020 might be a year everyone will want to forget, but Knox County High School students are going to give everyone a different reason to remember 2020! Knox County High School students will once again hold their annual food drives as part of the 2020 Food For The Hungry High School Food Drive Competition.
For more information about the High School Food Drive Competition, schools and students can contact Shawn Dugan through email by using , to help coordinate their collections or answer questions.
The goal for the 2020 Food For The Hungry High School Food Drive Competition is to show Knox County that COVID-19 or any other hurdle WILL NOT prevent its students from making a difference in their community!
In 2019, High School students in Knox County collected over $3,400 and over 2000 food items.
Here are the 2020 collection dates for Knox County High Schools:
* The Knox County Career Center: 12/1 – 12/9
KCCC Staff Member, Corey Cline, along with the Student Council will be coordinating their collections. The KCCC gives out three pizza parties:
1. Lab that brings in the most items overall
2. Lab that brings in the most food items (no cash)
3. Lab that averages the most per person
* Mount Vernon High School: 11/30 – 12/4
Mount Vernon Staff Member, Justin Sanford, and National Honor Society Student, Hunter Schisler will be coordinating their collections.
* Fredericktown High School: No dates chosen yet
Fredericktown staff member, Maggie Smith, and National Honor Society Student, Riley Woodell, will be coordinating their collections.
* Danville High School: Collection began just prior to 11/13 and will run until 12/1
Danville secretary, Jeanell Branstool is helping to coordinating their collections. Danville grades 7-12 are having a competition between floors of their building. The winning floor is awarded with a pizza party and the added bonus of having the highly sought after popcorn that normally only the staff at Danville have.
* Centerburg High School: Collection was completed 11/16 -11/20
This year’s High School food drive coincided with the Elementary School. Centerburg secretaries, Kristi Adams and Christine Clark organized a competition between the High School and the Middle School that resulted in a win for the Middle School. The Middle School will get to give their principle a pie in the face.
Final totals: 333 Food Items and $243.60
* East Knox High School: Early December
East Knox has a food drive planned for early December with dates to be determined. They currently have a TOY drive going on and do not want to confuse it with their food drive.
Stay tuned for final numbers.
Top collecting schools in two categories will once again be awarded the traveling plaque as provided by COTC to recognize each school's accomplishment.
The Central Knox County Award will go to either Mount Vernon or the Knox County Career Center. And The Greater Knox County Award will go to one of the following schools: Centerburg, Danville, East Knox or Fredericktown. Each year, the winning school’s name is added to the traveling plaque. Cash donations are welcome.
$1.00 = $9.00 buying power at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank
$9 feeds a family of 4 for 3 days through the Mid-Ohio Foodbank!
One representative from each school will be invited to participate in the Food For The Hungry broadcast from the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial on
Friday, Dec. 11.
Foodstock 2020 - A Virtual Live Concert features Blackbyrd on December 7th!
Elixir Presents will bring their 8th Annual Foodstock 2020 as an online live concert featuring Blackbyrd, Monday, December 7 at 7:30 pm. This concert will feature the music of Tom Petty and the Beatles. To watch the concert and donate online go to and click on Foodstock 2020. Information about Blackbyrd can also be found at by clicking on the Foodstock 2020 link. 100% of the donations will go directly to Food For The Hungry.
The Knox County Career Center online auction of themed baskets returns to benefit Food For The Hungry!
The Knox County Career Center is making your Christmas shopping easy this year.
They are hosting an online auction to benefit Food For The Hungry.
This is an online silent auction featuring 9 themed gift baskets!
Go to https://www.32auctions.com/kcccffth2020 to place your bid.
Bidding opens at midnight on December 1st.
You can click on the picture of each basket to see the amazing gifts up for bid!
Click on "Login" to create an account to place your bids
The themed baskets include:
A Car Care Basket (valued at $900)
A Family Fun Basket (valued at $1,000)
A Fitness Fanatic Basket (valued at $640)
An Ultimate Date Night Basket (valued at $1,050)
A Foodies Basket (valued at $730)
An HerbaLife Nutrition Basket (valued at $270)
A Dental Basket courtesy of Dr. Chris Martin of Contemporary Dental of Mount Vernon (valued at $1,540)
An OSU vs Michigan Basket Battle (OSU valued at $590 and Michigan values at $590)! Which basket will win?
Bidding ends at 3pm on Friday, 12/11. The winning bidders will be announced in the Food for the Hungry broadcast from the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial on Friday, Dec. 11.
The Fredericktown Community prepares for the 20th annual Christmas Walk
The Fredericktown community is preparing to host its 20th annual Christmas Walk and Charity Auction on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Though there have been many adaptations to this event, what has not changed is their partnership with Food For The Hungry of Knox County to help raise funds to support Fredericktown Interchurch, the Fredericktown Salvation Army, and the Fredericktown Community Relief Fund. During this uncertain time, the number of people needing assistance continues to rise. The event will take place from 3pm – 7pm on Saturday, December 5th.
Virtual Charity Auction
The charity auction provides funds to help meet the needs for food and other emergency services. Many who never thought they would find themselves in need are helped by donations to this auction. Families, friends, neighbors, churches, and organizations are encouraged to partner to create baskets, including service offerings and gift certificates to donate. Due to the current health situation, the auction this year will be virtual. Pictures of the donations will be featured on the Fredericktown Christmas Walk Facebook page and bidding for the items will be made in the comment section. Donations may be dropped off at the Senior Citizen’s Building the day of the event or at the Village Office and TD Landscape (300 Salem Ave. Ext., Fredericktown) in advance. The auction will start on Dec. 5th and end on Dec. 14th.
Virtual Santa Fun Run
Last year’s run was a huge success, and this year’s fun run will be held virtually! Tom Caputo, the state cross country winner has laid out a course around town that can be run anytime between Dec. 5 and Dec. 14. To register, check out Fredericktown Annual Christmas Walk and Auction’s Facebook page. A runner can report times with the link provided upon registration on Eventbrite. A commemorative shirt is available for purchase at the time of registration.
A virtual Gingerbread House contest will be featured on Fredericktown Annual Christmas Walk and Auction’s Facebook page. To vote on a Gingerbread house, like and comment beneath that picture. The house with the most likes will get a commemorative gingerbread trophy. There will be a limited number of gingerbread houses on display at Aunt Ruth’s Attic, 167 North Main St, Fredericktown.
This year’s commemorative ornament features the iconic image of the “Gingerbread Man”. This unique ornament was created by a local business Traditions Engraving and will be on display at Aunt Ruth’s Attic, 167 North Main St, Fredericktown. Ornaments are available for purchase at Aunt Ruth’s Attic, 167 North Main St, Fredericktown or TD Landscape, 300 Salem Ave. Ext., Fredericktown before the Walk and the day of the event. The ornament and t-shirt are available for purchase on Fredericktown Annual Christmas Walk and Auction’s Facebook page.
Ice sculptures will be featured around the downtown area. The community is welcome to take a picture with their favorite sculpture and check out the local businesses that have sponsored the sculptures and event. Fredericktown art students have decorated windows for several merchants and downtown businesses which will be open on Dec. 5th. Donation buckets for this event will also be available at local businesses. Participants can end their day with a delightful drive to Sockman Lake Park to enjoy Christmas lights.
WNZR’s Big Blue Crew will be broadcasting and passing out COVID-19 relief bags, stop by and say hello!
The Baptist church will once again provide crafts for kids ages 3+.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5th and visit Fredericktown to support those in need. You can follow the Fredericktown Christmas Walk on Facebook and Instagram. On Facebook, search for Fredericktown Annual Christmas Walk and Auction. On Instagram - Instagram@fredericktownchristmaswalk.
Donations are needed for the Fredericktown Charity Auction
The Fredericktown community is preparing again to host the annual Christmas Walk and Charity Auction to benefit Food For The Hungry. This year’s auction will be Virtual. Pictures of the donations will be featured on the Fredericktown Christmas Walk Facebook page and bidding for the items will be made in the comment section. The auction will be held from Dec. 5th and end on Dec. 14th.
Families, friends, neighbors, churches, and organizations are encouraged to partner to create themed baskets, service offerings, and gift certificates to donate.
Some ideas for donations: - Gift Baskets - Gift Certificates from local business owners - Service Projects – such as truckload of wood, snow shoveling, hair styling, etc.
Please donate quality items in good condition.
Donations may be dropped off at the Senior Citizen’s Building on December 5th or at the Village Office and TD Landscape (300 Salem Ave. Ext., Fredericktown) in advance.
The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County is back with Food for Fines
The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, including its branch libraries in Fredericktown, Danville and Gambier, is sponsoring a “Food for Fines” campaign that runs from Monday, November 16, until Friday, Dec. 11. During this time, library fines may be paid with canned or boxed non-perishable food items equal to the value of the fine. For purposes of this event, one food item will be considered to be equal to one dollar. As the Library has not been charging fines since the beginning of the pandemic lockdown last March, far fewer library patrons actually have fines to pay off, but accumulated unpaid fines from before the pandemic may be paid off this way. Also, as always, freewill donations of food or money will be gratefully accepted.
Items that are at or near their expiration dates or in damaged or compromised containers will not be accepted. All collected food and money will be given to the Food For The Hungry drive, and donations from each community will stay in that local community. The Libraries cannot accept food in payment for lost or damaged items. In addition to food items, the library will accept Humane Society approved brands of pet food.
The Food for Fines collection started in 1989! This year marks the 32nd year for this collection!
Knox County Service Clubs compete to raise donations for Food For The Hungry The Knox County Service Clubs are joining together for a friendly competition to raise donations for Knox County’s Food For The Hungry Drive.
The competition is between: * The Exchange Club of Mount Vernon & Knox County * Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon * Lions Club of Mount Vernon * Psi Iota Xi Sorority * Rotary Club of Mount Vernon and * Soroptimist of Mount Vernon & Knox County The clubs will collect donations through Wednesday, December 9th. The club that collects the most donations will be featured on the Food for the Hungry broadcast from the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial on Friday, Dec. 11.
More changes for Kenyon’s 2020 Snowflake Gala
While Kenyon College had planned to present a recorded version of portions of its annual Snowflake Gala on Friday, December 4, in support of Food for the Hungry of Knox County, COVID-19 concerns have necessitated a change. With several members of the gala's committee now affected by the virus, recording of the program has been canceled in order to protect all participants.
Nevertheless, the 2020 Snowflake Gala Committee successfully launched efforts to solicit donations to Food for the Hungry from previous donors. Thanks to the generosity of Karen Buchwald Wright and the Ariel Corporation, both individual and corporate contributions to this year’s gala are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match, up to a maximum of $50,000.
The committee will announce its total contributions and a list of donors this Friday at 5:00 p.m. on the Food for the Hungry website, www.foodforthehungrycares.org Donations may still be made by logging on to kenyonsnowflakegala.godaddysites.com or by calling Jacob Doup of WRP CPAs at 740-397-0779.
A highlight of the Snowflake Gala each year is the presentation of the William A. Stroud Jr. Award for Community Service, bestowed annually for outstanding support of local causes, to “The People of Knox County.” In the midst of these unprecedented times, the 2020 Snowflake Gala Committee decided to recognize not a single individual or family but the commitment of all Knox County citizens, businesses, and institutions to making sure their neighbors do not go hungry or without essential services.
This year’s event, though different from its predecessors, will still serve as a key part of the 2020 Food for the Hungry fundraising campaign, which has a goal of $240,000. All proceeds from campaign will benefit needy families and individuals right here in
Fire and Ice to Blaze New Trail for 2020!
Knox County Park District and the Millwood Church of Christ have teamed again to bring a new “twist” to the wildly popular Fire and Ice event that benefits Food For The Hungry. Due to the COVID – 19 pandemic, the Fire and Ice for 2020 will be held as two drive-through events and NOT AT HONEY RUN WATERFALL PARK. The drive-through events are scheduled for Saturday, December 12 from 5-8pm at both locations.
Knox County Park District will place 300 sparkling luminaria to magically guide you through the Wolf Run Regional Park parking lot located at 17621 Yauger Road in Mount Vernon. Park District staff will be on hand to accept boxed and canned food and monetary donations for Food For The Hungry. There is no need to park and leave your car as the drive-through luminaria will guide you to the drop-off point in the parking lot. The Park District will retrieve food items from your vehicles and accept the monetary donations at this site.
At a simultaneous event located across the county, the Millwood Church of Christ located at 10900 Millersburg Road in Howard will also place 300-snowflake luminaria to entertain and guide you through the church drive-through event. This event will be located in the very large, spacious parking lot at the recently built church. Church personnel and volunteers will be on-hand to accept canned and boxed food items and monetary donations for Food For The Hungry.
Please join the Knox County Park District and the Millwood Church of Christ and help support the Food For The Hungry drive on Saturday, December 12 from 5- 8pm at both locations. We hope to see you back at the Honey Run Waterfall in 2021!
The Knox County Postal workers are picking up donations for Food for the Hungry on Friday, December 11!
Postal Workers throughout Knox County are supporting Food for the Hungry. If you can’t make it to a collection point on Friday, Dec. 11th, no problem! Simply leave an envelope in your mailbox with your cash or check donation. Please write “Food For The Hungry Donation” on the outside of the envelope. Checks should be made payable to Food For The Hungry. Our wonderful Knox County postal workers will pick up the envelopes as they come by to deliver your regular Friday mail. It's that easy; and they won't charge you any postage! *Food donations are not able to be picked up due to COVID-19 regulations*
On Friday, December 11th, 12 collection points will be open to collect food and monetary donations for Food For The Hungry.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Red Rover Marathon
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hometown Market
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hometown Market
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. BellStores
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Village Market
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Aldi, Kroger, Lanning’s Foods, Baker’s IGA, Rural King and Wal-Mart Supercenter
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Knox Memorial
For more information, log on to www.FoodForTheHungryCares.org. Food For The Hungry - Working together to care for our neighbors.
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