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Join WNZR at the 40th annual Food for the Hungry drive, Friday, December 10. 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.


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.  All proceeds from these events benefit the Knox County Food For The Hungry drive! 

For more information, visit the Food for the Hungry website.  


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.* 


Here are some of the upcoming events to raise funds for Food for the Hungry:

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 is running NOW through Saturday, 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.  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 33rd year for this collection!  


The 2021 Food For The Hungry High School Food Drive Competition is now upon us, and Knox County high school students are again doing their part to help Food For The Hungry serve the Knox County Community.
Cash donations are welcome.      
$1.00 = $9.50 buying power at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. 
$9.50 feeds a family of 4 for 3 days through the Mid-Ohio Foodbank!    
For more information about the High School Food Drive Competition, schools and students can contact Shawn Dugan through email by using shawndugan@windstream.net, to help coordinate their collections or answer questions.    
Here are the 2021 collection dates for Knox County High Schools:     
* Fredericktown High School: 11/15 – 11/19 – just wrapped up  
* Centerburg High School: 11/16 – 12/1    
* The Knox County Career Center: 11/29 – 12/9   
* Mount Vernon High School: 11/30 – 12/7               
* Danville High School: 11/30 – 12/7         
* East Knox High School: Currently unconfirmed 
Who is coordinating and what special contests are going on at each High School?: 
* Fredericktown High School: just wrapped up their collection  
Fredericktown National Honor Society is holding a variety of contests. NHS Advisor, Serena McCoy, and student Katie Mull are coordinating contests. Two homerooms can win donuts and chocolate milk. And students are also voting to give a teacher a pie to the face by putting donations in a cup with a teacher's name on it. Students and teachers are forming alliances! 
* Centerburg High School: 
Centerburg Student Council is holding a contest between classes. First period classes can win brownies or donuts. Student Council Advisor, Ellen Dickerson is coordinating the contest. 

* The Knox County Career Center:   
KCCC Staff Member, Corey Cline, along with the Student Council will be coordinating their collections with contests going on between labs. 
* Mount Vernon High School:   
Mt. Vernon National Honor Society Advisor, Noel McHardy-Loveland is coordinating contests and collections. 
* Danville High School: 
Danville National Honor Society is holding a contest between classes to earn the winning class pizza for lunch. NHS Advisor, Miranda Miller is coordinating contests, and Secretary, Jeanell Branstool is assisting. 
* East Knox High School: Currently unconfirmed 
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.  
Representatives 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. 10.

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 11 themed gift baskets!
Go to https://www.32auctions.com/kcccffth2021 to place your bid. 
Bidding is now open!
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:   
•    Motor Sports 1 Basket  (valued at $605)  
•    Motor Sports 2 Basket (valued at $600)
•    Christmas Basket (valued at 330)
•    1 ton of wood stove pellets (valued at $260)
•    Car Care Basket (valued at $530)
•    Family Fun Basket (valued at $582)  
•    OSU Basket (valued at $250)
•    Getaway Date Night Basket  (valued at $595) 
•    Downtown Date Night Basket (valued at $584)  
•    Foodies Basket (valued at 726)  
•    Graduate Basket (valued at $811) 
Bidding ends at 3pm on Friday, 12/10. The winning bidders will be announced in the Food for the Hungry broadcast from the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial on Friday, Dec. 10.

The Fredericktown Community prepares for the 21st annual Christmas Walk
It will be a Country Christmas this year to celebrate the 21st Annual Christmas Walk and Charity Auction on Saturday, December 4th from 3pm -7pm.  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. 
Plus, it is a fun family-oriented community event.  We ask you to come out and support this event by your presence and donations as you are able. 

The Charity Auction has a new twist this year!
There is a new twist this year to the Annual Charity Auction. 
We will have 2 auctions for twice the fun and goodies. 
The live auction will be held in the newly renovated Council Chambers (formerly Senior Citizen Building). This will be a scrumptious food auction. 
Donations can be dropped off at Council Chambers between 12pm and 3pm on December 4th - the day of the Fredericktown Christmas Walk. 
Due to the success of the virtual auction on Facebook last year, it will be offered again this year. Your quality donations are needed to make this a success.  Families, friends, neighbors, churches, and organizations are encouraged to partner to create baskets, service offerings, and gift certificates to donate. Please drop off your items at Fredericktown Interchurch between November 29th and December 1st.  Late submissions will not be accepted. 
The Facebook auction will be held from December 5th until 11:59PM on December 11th. Items and instructions on how to bid can be viewed in person during the walk at Fredericktown Interchurch, or on the Fredericktown Christmas Walk Facebook page.

Catch me if you Can 5K Run/Walk
Register for the annual 5K fun run or walk at the link found on the Christmas Walk Facebook page. Holiday costumes are welcomed and encouraged. Gather at the Gazebo at 2:30 to begin and the run will end at the Gazebo for the official lighting of the Christmas tree. 

The County Christmas theme this year will be represented by a traditional winter scene and featured on the annual ornament. Ornaments may be purchased in advance by contacting Joely Leply at TD Landscape and the day of the event at the craft/vendor exhibits at the Presbyterian Church. They also may be purchased at Aunt Ruth's Attic.
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, Park National Bank, FC Bank and the Fredericktown Library.

Crafters and vendors return to the Fredericktown Presbyterian Church, 17 S Main Street.
There will be ice sculptures, the gingerbread house contest at the Masonic Lodge, crafts for kids at the Baptist church, and Santa at the Gazebo. Be sure to plan on taking a wagon ride to Sockman Park to view the lights.   Plus, Santa will be bringing his favorite reindeer for a visit.  Local Businesses will be open along Main Street. 

Big Blue from WNZR will be broadcasting – stop by and say hello and register to win a Christmas Stocking stuffed with goodies! 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 4th 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.

Foodstock 2021  - FolkFest - A Live Concert on December 6th!

Elixir Presents will hold their 10th Annual Foodstock, a live concert, featuring the music of Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez and other folk artists on Monday, December 6 at 7:00 pm. The concert will be held at the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial (112 E. High St., Mount Vernon, Ohio). Admission is food items and/or monetary donation. Information about Foodstock can also be found at www.elixirpresents.com

Festival of Trees – the ticket to fighting hunger
The Apple Valley Property Owners Association will be hosting a Festival of Trees at the Floral Valley Community Center, December 2nd through New Year’s Eve, December 31st. 
Each year, clubs and organizations of Apple Valley decorate a Christmas tree and the public is invited to come and vote for their favorite tree. 
Voting tickets may be purchased for $1 for two tickets or by providing one food item per ticket. All proceeds will benefit Food For The Hungry.  
Festival of Trees is open:
Mondays – Fridays from 2pm – 7pm 
Saturdays from 9am – 7pm  
Sundays 12pm -7pm 
For more information, call Floral Valley Community Center at 740-397-1027 or call Audrey at 740-397-1962.

Fire and Ice 2021 – Reindeer Activity to help benefit Food For The Hungry!
Knox County Park District and the Millwood Church of Christ have teamed again to bring a new activity to the popular Fire and Ice event that benefits Food For The Hungry.   Fire and Ice 2021 will be held as two drive-through events, one at Wolf Run Park and one at Millwood Church of Christ. The drive-through events are scheduled for Saturday, December 11 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at both locations.

Luminaria will magically guide you through the Wolf Run Regional Park parking lot located at 17621 Yauger Road in Mount Vernon. There, Park District staff will be on hand to retrieve boxed and canned food items from your vehicle and accept monetary donations for Food For The Hungry. 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.  Across the county, the Millwood Church of Christ located at 10900 Millersburg Road in Howard also has luminaria to guide you through the church parking lot at a drive-through event. At this location church personnel and volunteers will be on-hand to accept canned and boxed food items and monetary donations for Food For The Hungry.
With the Reindeer in the Parks activity, we hope to generate more interest in the parks, trails and river accesses and help raise awareness for those in need in our community and specifically, raise more donations for the Food For The Hungry drive.  Here’s how it works.
The Knox County Park District is proud to partner with 11 local businesses, Food For The Hungry, Millwood Church of Christ and the Knox County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to create this activity to support Food For The Hungry and also an invitation to shop local. For more information and details for the activity including the required form and google map, visit www.knoxcountyparks.org and navigate to the “Activities” link.
Referring to the Google map, go to one of the parks and upon locating the reindeer in the park, scan the QR code, this code will then reveal a local business, directions to that business, and a coupon to utilize for holiday shopping. At the business location, a new quest begins by scanning another QR code located in the window to reveal a mystery letter to eventually solve a puzzle of mystery words. 22 stops are highlighted consisting of parks, trails, river accesses, and local businesses. Businesses do not have to be open for participation as the QR codes are located in the windows for easy accessibility.  
In the spirit of holiday giving, Mrs. Claus asks Reindeer in the Parks participants to consider community outreach. She will be located at one of the stops and will direct you to the Millwood Church of Christ. At this location, you are introduced to the “Sharing Shed” and asked to bring a non-perishable item to leave for a donation to the Knox County Food for the Hungry drive. 
Upon completion of locating Santa’s reindeer and solving the mystery words, participants are asked to submit the completed entries online at www.knoxcountyparks.org follow the activities link. The final step to the quest is to attend the Knox County Park District Fire and Ice event on December 11, 
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Wolf Run Park and receive a participation gift, compliments of the Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Look at the Park District’s website for more details. Pick up your complimentary gift and drop off your monetary donation or food item(s) 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 11 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at both locations.

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: 

  • 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 8th. 
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. 10. 

The Knox County Postal workers are picking up donations for Food for the Hungry on Friday, December 10!
Postal Workers throughout Knox County are supporting Food for the Hungry. If you can’t make it to a collection point on Friday, Dec. 10th, 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!


On Friday, December 10th, 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, Lowes and
Wal-Mart Supercenter   
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  The Knox Memorial

For more information, log on to FoodForTheHungryCares.org.
Food For The Hungry celebrating 40 years of working together to care for our neighbors. 

Watch the Food For The Hungry Broadcast LIVE on mvnu.tv