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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.   

The top ten food items needed are peanut butter, canned meat (chicken, tuna), beef stew/hearty soups, canned pasta, boxed dinners (Hamburger Helper), 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


41st annual Food for the Hungry drive, Friday, December 9.
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 Turkey Trot is back on Thanksgiving morning to support Food for the Hungry!
The 12th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk will take place on Thanksgiving morning, November 24.    


WeRunMV will be hosting this event.  Sign-in starts at 8:00 AM on race day at the MVNU Chapel with the race to start at 9:00 AM.   The race will begin and end at the entrance of the Chapel on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. This FREE event is designed for runners and walkers of all ages. Cash and food donations will be collected for the local Food for the Hungry Drive and donated to the Salvation Army and Interchurch Social Services. This is a fun event that gives you a wonderful start to your Thanksgiving Day. What better way to count your blessings than to run or walk with friends and give to others?! Plus, this race will help you make room for all the turkey and other great food you are going to eat later in the day. This event is open of everyone! Canines welcome!
For more information, contact Scott Burgess at 740-326-0750.    


For every $1.00 we raise, our community partner agencies can purchase $5.22 worth of food from the Mid-Ohio Food Collective. Mid-Ohio Food Collective can do that for $5.22!    

For more information about this or other Food For The Hungry activities, visit www.FoodForTheHungryCares.org  


The Knox County Career Center Online Auction
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 and 8 individual/collections! 

Go to https://www.32auctions.com/kcccffth2022to place your bid.   

Bidding opens at 10am on Monday, November 28th (Cyber Monday)!   

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:     

  • K9 Christmas (valued at $70) 

    • Pet Supplies Plus 

  • OSU Basket (valued at $300 - $400) 

    • OSU Pillow and earrings 

    • Other OSU Memorabilia 

  • Two Car Care Baskets (Each valued at over $300) 

    • Oil changes 

    • One has a car wash supply bucket 

    • The other has a gift card to Starbrite 

  • Downtown Date Night Basket (valued at $550) 

    • Mount Vernon Grand certificate 

    • Necklace from Kay Jewelers 

  • Family Fun Basket ($590) 

    • 1 year membership to SPI Spot 

    • $100 gift card to Herald’s Appliances 

    • Various family- gift cards 

  • Foodies Basket (valued at over $750) 

    • Many many restaurant gift cards  

  • For Her Basket (valued at over $550) 

    • Multiple items from Blonde Robin in Danville 

    • Many other items as well 

  • For Him Basket (valued at Almost $550) 

    • Trail Cam from Danville Outdoor 

    • 2 Training sessions from Lashley Training Center 

  • Getaway Date Night Basket (valued at over $500) 

    • Mohican Lodge w Breakfast 

    • Two 5 Course Chef’s tasting menu at Kenyon Inn 

  • Graduation Party Basket (valued at over $1200) 

    • 5-hour rental of The Barn 

    • Guests from out of town can stay in a room at the Comfort Inn 


Individual Items or Collections up for bid this year:

  • Cherished Teddies Figurines 

  • Four Crown Barclay China - 6 Place settings 

  • Two 3 Month memberships to the MV YMCA 

  • One ton of wood pellets from Buckeye Stoves 

  • 8 Stacking chairs from Staples 

  • Wedding Reception at the Gallagher Center (valued at $1,000) 

  • 2021 YCF Lite F110 Motorcycle from Mid-Ohio Powersports (valued at $1,349) 

Bidding ends at 3pm on Friday, 12/9. The winning bidders will be announced in the Food for the Hungry broadcast from the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial on Friday, Dec. 9.   

The Fredericktown Community  22nd Annual Christmas Walk  

It will be a Country Christmas this year to celebrate the 22nd Annual Christmas Walk and Charity Auction on Saturday, December 3rd 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 Fredericktown Christmas Walk 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 3rd - 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 15049 Cassell Rd, Fredericktown between November 29th and December 1st between 8am and 8pm.  

The Facebook auction will be held from December 3rd until 11:59PM on December 10th. Items and instructions on how to bid can be viewed on the Fredericktown Christmas Walk Facebook page.  



Fredericktown Christmas Walk Events 

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.  

This unique ornament was created by a local business Traditions Engraving.  


Crafters and vendors return to the Fredericktown Presbyterian Church, 17 S Main Street.  

There will be ice sculptures, the gingerbread house contest, crafts for kids at the Baptist church. 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 3rd 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.  


The Fredericktown Christmas Walk 5K Run/Walk is back with the theme “Catch me if you Can”
Register for the annual 5K fun run or walk at the link found on the Fredericktown 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.   



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
* Rotary Club of Mount Vernon and
* Soroptimist of Mount Vernon & Knox County

The clubs will collect donations through Thursday, 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. 9.  


Fire and Ice returns on December 9th to raise support for Food For The Hungry 

The Knox County Park District and the Millwood Church of Christ have teamed up again to bring back Fire and Ice to the Honey Run Waterfall! Put the date on your calendar, Friday, December 9th from 5pm – 8:30pm.
Those wanting to experience the waterfall event must park at the Millwood Church of Christ located at 10900 Millersburg Road (US 62) in Howard. There will be no on-site parking at the waterfall.  The Millwood Church of Christ has a very spacious, well-lighted parking lot.   


Volunteers will accept donations in the church parking lot. Monetary donations and canned/boxed food items will be accepted to benefit the Food For The Hungry campaign. 


While in the church lot, guests then hop a shuttle for a short ride to the waterfall to experience 600 luminaria which magically guide guests along the Honey Run Waterfall trails to the waterfall and river.  The event has been touted as a “spectacular event” at one of Knox County’s natural gems, the Honey Run waterfall.  The waterfall cascades 25 feet over the geologic significant blackhand sandstone.  The waterfalls will be lighted just for the Fire and Ice event.  Be sure to not miss this must-see natural area in a whole new “light” and during a different season of the year.  At the same time, please keep our friends, neighbors, and those in need close to our thoughts and bring an outpouring of monetary and food donations to benefit Food For The Hungry!  We hope to see you on December 9!  

The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County supports Food For The Hungry 

This year marks the 34th year of The Knox Public Library campaigning for Food For The Hungry. While The Knox Public Library is no longer charging fines, they are continuing to collect food and funds in support of the annual Food For The Hungry Drive from 11/7–12/3. The library branches participating include Mount Vernon, Fredericktown, Danville, and Gambier. 


Non-perishable items that are at or near their expiration dates, damaged, or in compromised containers will not be accepted. All collected food and money will be given to the 2022 Food For The Hungry drive. Donations from each community will stay in that local community. In addition to food items, the library will accept Humane Society approved brands of pet food.  

The Library has been collecting donations for Food For The Hungry since 1989! This year marks the 34th year for this wonderful partnership!  



For more information, log on to www.FoodForTheHungryCares.org.
Food For The Hungry celebrating 41 years of working together to care for our neighbors. 

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