Courtesy of Matt Starr and Emily Porter

Thank you for supporting the 37th annual Food For The Hungry drive


Thank you for supporting the annual Food for the Hungry drive! Our current total is $250,318 and 25 ½ truckloads of food!


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


Volunteers staffed 29 different collection points around the county on Saturday 12/8 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 19 grants, totaling $30,500 to county projects involving food assistance.


Grants of $2,000 went to:


  • ACTS Food Pantry
  • Byron Saunders Foundation, Knox County Chapter
  • Covenant Food Pantry
  • Jacque Cordle Children’s Fund Food Pantry
  • The Freedom Center
  • Central Christian Church Food Pantry
  • TouchPointe Life Center
  • CHOMP Ministries
  • The Church on the Rise Food Pantry
  • Lifepoint Church Backpacks of Hope
  • feedtheVERN


A $1,500 grant was awarded to the Winter Sanctuary Emergency Homeless Shelter.


$1,000 grants went to:


  • Mount Vernon Association of Police Chaplains, The Half Units
  • Centerburg Church of God Food Pantry
  • Knox Educational Service Center/Knox Learning Center, Hungry for Knowledge Project
  • Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market Nutrition Incentives
  • Gay St. United Methodist Church Hot Meals
  • New Directions
  • Peace Meals


Mount Vernon Nazarene University presented the Stephen W. Zelkowitz Memorial Award to the Bob Tiell family. This award honors their support of Food For The Hungry and other community projects.


Kenyon College presented the exciting results of this year’s Snowflake Gala, which raised over $90,000! The Doug Brenneman Family was honored with the William A. Stroud Award for Community Service.


One event continues through December 31st with the Festival of Trees at the Floral Valley Community Center in Apple Valley. 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 EVERY DAY of the week from 2-8pm. For more information, call Cheri at 740-397-1027 or Audrey at 740-397-1962.


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


Here are some other exciting totals!


  • $2 in cash and 160 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 $5,167.69 and 4,743 food items!  (That is 3.8 truckloads of food)!


  • The Greater Knox County Elementary school collection involved Centerburg, Danville, East Knox, Fredericktown schools and the Knox Learning Center. This collection was hosted by Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. The kids brought in $3,366 and 1,351 food items – that is 1.08 truckloads of food.


  • That makes an overall amazing total from our elementary kids this year - $8,533.69 and 6,094 food items (equals 4.88 truckloads)!


  • 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 $6,615.85 and 3,753 food items. That equals 3 trucks!


    • Centerburg High School
    • Centerburg High School students collected 723 food items and $62! The food is ½ truck of food!


    •  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 on November 16th through the 19th.  420 food items were collected along with $395.00. The food equals .33 truckloads of food!


    •  East Knox Schools
    • East Knox High School Staff and students collected 1,664 food items. The food equals 1.33 truckloads!


    • Fredericktown Schools
    • The Middle School and High School collected 287 food items and $3,408.32 (1/4 truckload of food)!


    •  Knox County Career Center
    • Knox County Career Center collection dates were November 12th through December 6th. Staff and students collected 409 food items and $2,730.53. The food equals .33 truckloads of food!


    •  Mount Vernon High School
    • Mount Vernon High School held their collections 11/26 through 12/3. Staff and students collected 250 food items and $20. The food equals .20 truckloads of food!


 The top collecting school in the city and in the county will be recognized with a new traveling plaque sponsored by COTC to recognize the school accomplishment. Winning teams from each school will also get book bags full of swag and goodies from COTC.


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

The Greater Knox County Award goes to Danville High School.


  • The Knox County Career Center was VERY involved with this year’s Food For The Hungry.
    • The Online Silent Auction of Christmas themed gift baskets brought in a total of $3,030.
    • This auction included 5 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 Wedding Basket brought in $1,000.
    • The Mom’s Night Out Basket brought in $550.
    • The Auto Care Basket brought in $605.
    • The Vacation Basket brought in $650.
    • The OSU Basket brought in $225.


    • The Knox County Career Center also hosted a LIVE Auction of the one-of-a-kind, original Tailgate Trailer, CAR-B-Q!
    • This custom cut and fabricated 1968 Pontiac GTO Tailgate Trailer has AMAZING features:
      • Under the Hood – 6 Burner Charbroil Grill with side burner
      • Propane Fuel – 2 tanks attached
      • Center features a Wood Fired Smoker
      • Rear features a large Flat-Top Griddle
      • Original Old School Lights
      • Designed light enough to be pulled by a car
      • Custom Cut and Fabricated
      • Diamond Plate Toolbox to store all your supplies!


    • The CAR-B-Q was funded and built by Tim Hall and the KCCC Collision Repair Lab and was sold to Attorney Jack Moser for $3,000. Shawn Dennis was there to bid on behalf of Moser.


  • 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 $945!


  • The Snowflake Gala: benefiting Knox County Food For The Hungry hosted by Kenyon College was a huge success.
    • The 8th annual Snowflake Gala even net proceeds collected over $90,000!
    • The exact numbers are coming soon!
  • Kenyon presented the William A. Stroud Jr. Award for community service to the Brenneman Family.


  • The Fredericktown Christmas Walk brought in a total of $5,684, which included the Fredericktown Christmas Walk Auction total of $2,100!
    • The Fredericktown Community Fire District Poinsettia Sale brought in $100.
    • The Fredericktown Ornament Sales featuring the Freddie Bird brought in $252.50
    • Fredericktown’s collection points on 12/8 including the library food donations brought in $85 and 1,724 food items.
    • Fredericktown’s grand total including many other donations and donations from the schools was $11,715.82 and 2.14 truckloads of food.


  • The Danville silent auction of Christmas wreaths and other decorations brought in $585!
    • Danville collections on 12/8 brought in $2,631.75 and 1.5 truckloads.
    • Danville’s grand total with collections on 12/8 was $3,216.75 and 1.5 truckloads of food.


  • The Centerburg silent auction of wreaths brought in $248
    • Centerburg collections on 12/8 brought in $2,590.66 and 1,795 items.
    • Centerburg’s grand total was $2,900.66 and 1,795 food items (1.44 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 5K and .5K Run and Walk (Gold Rush) had 166 participants and brought in $872.56
    • The Knox Needs Marketplace brought in $525.49
    • The MVNU Quarter Auction brought in $508.20
    • Friday Night Live brought in $1,632
    • Happy Christmas Bean brought in $235
    • The Knox Needs Silent Auction brought in $923
    • The Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games brought in $400 and 48 food items.


  • The Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning was a success! 162 runners and walkers participated, raising $1,041 and 710 food items.


    •  MVNU’s Grand Total representing all the events above was:
    • $8,433.66 was collected, supporting 1,054 families for 4 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. 2,780 pounds of food was collected! That’s 1.78 truckloads of food!


  • The Elixir Presents Foodstock 2018 “Tom Petty – A Tribute to Knox County ” raised $2,500 and 843 food items.


  • The Knox County Park District “Fire and Ice” Event to benefit Food For The Hungry raised $180 and 1,423 food items (which was 2,340 pounds of food) = 1.5 truckloads of food.


  • The Festival of Trees Event hosted by the Apple Valley Property Owners Association raised ... numbers coming soon!


  • PraiseStock 2018 raised $1,523.31


  •  The Esther Jetter Preschool collected $60.00 and 178 food items.


  • The Mount Vernon Grand Hotel hosted the “Candy Cane Lane Craft Fair” raised $730.30 and 5 bags of food.


  • The Mount Vernon Postal Workers collected ... numbers coming soon!


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


God BLESS you this Christmas!


You can see pictures and videos at Click on the connect button and you’ll see a link to photo gallery and a video gallery. You can also see an amazing video recap of the day at Thanks to Emily Porter from MVNU/WNZR Video and Austin Stinette and Matt Starr from Kokosing River Productions for sharing their video and editing talents with us!


For more information, log on to Food For The Hungry - Working together to care for our neighbors.