Thank you for supporting the 40th annual Food For The Hungry drive Thank you for supporting the annual Food for the Hungry drive!

Our current total is $276,866.96

and 26 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 12 different collection points around the county on Friday 12/10 to collect food and money, while local media combined to produce an eight-hour live broadcast on radio and the internet.
Thanks to KAT (Knox Area Transit), Susie Simpson and Martin McAvoy and their team from Mobility Management for helping at the county-wide collection points.
Thanks to Megan Evans and her team with the Mount Vernon Arts Consortium for their use of the Knox Memorial and for their amazing support!


Food For The Hungry also announced the awarding of 19 grants, totaling $38,000 to county projects involving food assistance.


Grants of $2,000 went to: 

ACTS Food Pantry

Byron Saunders Foundation, Knox County Chapter

Central Christian Church Food Pantry


Covenant Church Food Pantry

First Congregational Church of Christ Hot Meals Program

Fredericktown United Methodist Church, Peace Meals Program

The Freedom Center, Nutrition in Recovery Program

Knox County Career Center Food Pantry

Knox County Task Force for Older Adults

Knox Learning Center, Hungry For Knowledge Project 

Lazarus Life Ministries

Lifepoint Church, Backpacks of Hope

New Directions, Hunger Needs After Hours Project

North Bend Church of the Brethren

Say a Prayer Ministries/In Joy Food Pantry

The Church on the Rise Food Pantry

The Father’s Table, Food Pantry and Hot Meal

TouchPointe Marriage & Family Resources


One event continues through December 30th with the Festival of Trees at the Floral Valley Community Center in Apple Valley. 

You can stay updated at The video archive of this year’s broadcast is also available at in the on-demand tab.

Here are some other exciting totals!


- The Knox County Elementary school collection was hosted by Psi Iota Xi 

Sorority. The students collected $16,786.54 and 12,361 food items!  (That is 9.9

truckloads of food)!



- Knox County High Schools collected for Food for the Hungry this year. Volunteer Shawn Dugan served as our High School Collection and Competition Coordinator.


  • 2021 HIGH SCHOOL TOTAL – The students collected a TOTAL of $11,382.53 and 7,841 Items. That equals 6.28 trucks!


Centerburg High School:
Collection was completed 11/16 – 12/1      

Centerburg Student Council held a contest between classes. First period classes could win brownies or donuts. Student Council Advisor, Ellen Dickerson coordinated the contest. 

2021 Final totals: 213 Food Items and $105


Danville High School: 

Collection ran from 11/30 – 12/7         

Danville National Honor Society held a contest between classes to earn the winning class pizza for lunch. NHS Advisor, Miranda Miller coordinated the contests, and Secretary, Jeanell Branstool assisted. 

2021 TOTAL – 201 food items and $152.25

Fredericktown High School:
Collection dates were 11/15 – 11/19  

Fredericktown National Honor Society held a variety of contests. NHS Advisor, Serena McCoy, and student Katie Mull coordinated the contests. Two homerooms won donuts and chocolate milk. Students also had the chance to vote to give a teacher a pie to the face by putting donations in a cup with a teacher's name on it. 

2021 TOTAL - $1,464.07 


The Knox County Career Center:
Collection dates were 11/29 – 12/9   

KCCC Staff Member, Corey Cline, along with the Student Council coordinated the collections with contests going on between labs. The KCCC gave out three pizza parties:  

1. Lab that brings in the most items overall   - Auto Tech Lab is the winner!

2. Lab that brings in the most food items (no cash) - Landscape Design and Management Lab is the winner!

3. Penny Battle – Landscape Design and Management Lab is the winner!

2021 TOTAL - $8,119.21 and 6,951 food items (that’s 5.57 truckloads of food)


Mount Vernon High School:
Collection Dates were 11/30 – 12/7               

Mt. Vernon National Honor Society Advisor, Noel McHardy-Loveland coordinated contests and collections. 

2021 TOTAL - $1,542.00 and 476 food items


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


The 2021 Central Knox County Award goes to the Knox County Career Center!

The 2021 Greater Knox County Award goes to Fredericktown!


New this year to celebrate the 40th year of Food For The Hungry, a very special category was created for the next highest collecting high school after the two winning schools: All-Knox Runner-up Category - Mount Vernon High School





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


The 2021 Online Silent Auction of themed gift baskets brought in a total of $3,542.00.


This auction included 10 themed baskets that included gift certificates for goods and services at the Knox County Career Center labs.
The OSU basket filled with goodies for Buckeye fans was donated by the OSU Alumni Club of Knox County.
There were also some other unique items donated to be in the online auction including 1 Ton of Premium Wood Pellets from Buckeye Stoves, a 2 hour concert with the Band Side Effects, a Gliding Bench and two 1 hour tennis lessons with Alvin Cheng, MVNU’s Head Tennis Coach 


The themed basket totals for 2021:  

#1 Care Care Basket - $200.00 

#2 Christmas Basket - $130.00 

#3 Downtown Date Night Basket - $475.00 

#4 Family Fun Basket - $375.00 

#5 Foodies Basket - $785.00 

#6 Getaway Date Night Basket - $320.00

#7 Graduate Basket - $275.00 

#8 Motor Sports 1 Basket - $210.00 

#9 Motor Sports 2 Basket - $210.00

#10 OSU Basket - $110.00
#11 One Ton of Wood Stove Pellets - $155.00
#12 Concert with Side Effects - $120.00
#13 Gliding Bench - $125.00
#14 Tennis Lesson #1 with MVNU Coach Alvin Cheng - $27.00
#15 Tennis Lesson #2 with MVNU Coach Alvin Cheng - $25.00


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

In another year with multiple challenges, the gala fundraising totaled $80,860!  

The President’s annual holiday reception collected $911.00 in cash and checks and 12 boxes of canned goods and food. Thanks to Kenyon’s faculty and staff for their donations.  

Kenyon presented this year's William A. Stroud Jr. Award for community service to the People of Knox County.  

- The Fredericktown Christmas Walk brought in a total of $9,356.87 which included: 

  • The Fredericktown Christmas Walk Online Facebook Auction total of $1,934.00 and the Baked Goods Auction total of $1,550.00! 

  • The Fredericktown Ornament Sales featuring the Theme of “Country Christmas” brought in $810.00.

  • The Fredericktown 5K Fun Run brought in $160.00

    • Women’s Winners: Ellie Kershner (1st place), Olivia Umfleet (2nd place) and Kassi Robinson (3rd place)

    • Men’s Winners: Isaiah Van Slyke (1st place), Ron Francis (2nd place) and Joseph Van Slyke (3rd place)

  • The Gingerbread House Competition brought in $91.87 

    • Youth Winners were sisters Josephine and Vivian Smith (the girls raised $44.22)

    • Teen Winner was Kate Folsom

    • Adult Winner was Patsy Linscott


Corporate Donations $4,850.00

T shirt Sponsors $460.00


  • The Centerburg Wreath Auction brought in a total of $90.00.

- The Second Annual Food For The Hungry “Battle of the Coffee Shops” was a huge success!  Knox County Coffee Shops collected a total of $1,881.59 and 31 food items!
The Brickhouse Grind from Fredericktown received the trophy for the “Food for the Hungry Coffee Shop of the Year” by collecting the most donations - $1,202.51 and 24 food items!


Here are the totals from our other amazing coffee shops:        

Half Baked Café' - $52.55             

Happy Bean - $31.00         

North Main Café - $553.53 and 2 food items        

The Blond Robin - $42.00 and 5 food items        


  • The Second Annual Food For The Hungry Service Club Competition was also a huge success!  Thanks to Carol Grubaugh, Executive Director of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce for coordinating this collection. Our Knox County Service Clubs collected a total of $3,515.00!
    Congratulations to the Soroptimist Club of Mount Vernon and Knox County for being the TOP Club. They collected: $2,825.00
    Thanks to our other Service Clubs for helping Food For The Hungry.

    • Psi Iota Xi Sorority - $250.00

    • Rotary Club of Mount Vernon - $215.00

    • Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon - $125.00

    • Lions Club of Mount Vernon- $100.00  

- Mount Vernon Nazarene University hosted several collection points and events through the Faith Works Program – to create hunger awareness on campus and raise funds for both food and client services. 


    • $1,130.00 was donated by faculty and staff

    • $240.50 was raised by MVNU Students

    • 63 students at the Esther Jetter Preschool collected 263 food items and $285.59! 

    • Mohican Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation and MVNU Athletics partnered to host “Free Throw Shooting” for Hunger at the Men’s Basketball Game on 12/11. $650.00 was raised for Food For The Hungry ($500 from Mohican, $150 from MVNU Athletics). 

  • MVNU’s Total - $2,306.09
    This amount will feed 261 families of 4 for 3 days! (Using the Mid Ohio Food Bank) $1.00 = $9.50 of buying power. 


Mount Vernon Nazarene University presented the Stephen W. Zelkowitz Memorial Award to Kathy Brechler of Kenyon College. Kathy was honored for her many years of service helping to coordinate the Kenyon Snowflake Gala and other collections at Kenyon. We honor her incredible commitment and passion for the annual Food For The Hungry Drive.



- The 11th 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 $1,034 and 264 food items. 91 runners/walkers and several dogs participated.


- The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County Food for fines was another success. 14 boxes of food were collected! That’s over ½ truckload of food!

- Folkfest, the 10th annual Foodstock concert was presented by Elixir Presents, Mike and Chris Petee. With the attendees and online donations this year, Foodstock raised 115 food items and $1,050.00!


- Mount Vernon Dental (along with Super Q 93.7 WQIO) collected $4,668.00 and  

½ truckload of food!  They hosted Food For The Hungry Awareness Remote 

Broadcasts, plus collected donations at the dental office.


- Employees at Knox Community Hospital collected hundreds of food items and

$4,950.00. The Hospital administration matched the financial donations. So the

total collected from KCH was $9,900.00 and ¾ truckload of food! 



- The Knox County Park District “Fire and Ice” Event to benefit Food For The Hungry unfortunately had to be canceled this year because of a high wind advisory for Knox County. Fundraising still happened!

Knox County Park District total - $650.00
Millwood Church of Christ total - $620.00 plus 205 food items

2021 Total for Fire and Ice - $1,270.00 and 205 food 



Collection Point Totals:



Red Rover Marathon - 70 food items and $130.00


Interchurch Branch – 27 food items and $784.29

Hometown Market: 87 food items and $251.00
Total: 114 food items and $1,035.29


Interchurch Branch – 26 food items and $497.00

Hometown Market - 23 food items and $74.00
Total: 49 food items and $571.00


BellStores - 29 food items and $146.00



The Village Market - .6 truckload of food (just over ½ truck) and $4,618.00


Aldi – .4 truckload of food (just under ½ truck) and $99.00 


Kroger – .75 truckload of food (2/3 truck) and $420.00 


Lanning’s Foods - .35 truckload of food (just over ¼ truck) and $438.00 


Baker’s IGA - .6 truckload of food (just over ½ truck)  


Lowes – .25 truckload of food (1/4 truck) and $1,153.00

Wal-Mart Supercenter - .75 truckload of food (2/3 truck) and $1,790.00


The Knox Memorial – Lots of Food and $8,014.00



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

God BLESS you this Christmas!

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