Thank you for supporting the 36th annual 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.


Thank you for supporting the annual Food for the Hungry drive!

Our current total is $328,839 and 21 truckloads of food!!!


Community members came together again this year to support food assistance projects and provide emergency client services through Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army.  Volunteers staffed 22 different collection points around the county on Saturday 12/9 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 14 grants, totaling $21,500 to county projects involving food assistance.


Grants of $2,000 went to the Church on the Rise food pantry; Father’s Table at Mount Vernon First Naz; TouchPointe Marriage and Family Resources; the Byron Saunders Foundation; CHOMP ministries; and Covenant Church Food Pantry. $1,500 grants were awarded to Fredericktown United Methodist Peace Meals, Feed the Vern, and ACTS Food Pantry. $1,000 went to LifePoint’s Backpacks of Hope; the Gay Street United Methodist Hot Meals; Free Community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners; Centerburg Church of God; and the Winter Sanctuary Homeless Shelter.


Mount Vernon Nazarene University presented the Stephen Zelkowitz Memorial Award to Roy and the late Glenda Waldron, for their many years of bringing joy to kids as Bubbles and Banjo the clowns.


Kenyon College presented the exciting results of this year’s Snowflake Gala, which raised a record $147,000.


One event continues through December 31st with the Festival of Trees at the Floral Valley Community Center in Apple Valley. You can stay updated at  The video archive of Saturday’s broadcast is also available at in the on-demand tab.


Here are some other exciting totals!

  • The Central Knox County Elementary school collection was hosted by Psi Iota Xi Sorority. The students collected $7,870.48 and 5,561 food items!  (That is 4.46 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 $4,324.43 and 4,150 food items – that is 3.33 truckloads of food.


That makes an overall amazing total from our elementary kids this year - $12,194.91 and 9,711 food items (equals 7.78 truckloads)!


  • The Mount Vernon News Classified for Cans campaign collected 201 food items.
  • Knox County High Schools collected for Food for the Hungry this year. The Mount Vernon Rotary Club coordinated of this collection.


The students collected $9,312.82 and 3,440 food items. That equals 2.75 trucks!


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 5th & 6th.

351 food items were collected along with $447.50. The food equals 1/4 of a truckload of food!


Mount Vernon High School

Mount Vernon High School held their collections the week of November 17th.

Staff and students collected 518 food items and $1,107.01. The food equals almost half a truckload!


Knox County Career Center

Knox County Career Center collection dates were November 20th through December 8th.

Staff and students collected 718 food items and $4,853.19. The food equals over a half truckload of food!


Fredericktown Schools

Fredericktown High School collection dates were November 27th through December 1st.

The Middle School collected 667 food items and $958.54

The High School collected 135 food items and $1,146.58

That is a total of $2,105.12 and 853 food items (3/4 of a truckload of food)!


Centerburg High School

Centerburg High School collection dates were December 5th through the 9th. Staff and students collected 1,000 food items and $800! The food is just under a full truckload!


The top three classes will be treated to party sponsored by Central Ohio Technical College. 1st and 2nd place classes will receive a pizza party. The 3rd place class will receive a donut party. $1 cash donations equals 4 food items. All donations will be distributed through Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army to meet the needs of our community.



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

The Online Auction of certificates for goods and services brought in $292.

The LIVE Auction brought in $2,825! This auction included 6 baskets from the Career Center featuring gift certificates for goods and services at Career Center labs. We also auctioned off an OSU basket filled with goodies for Buckeye fans for $175. The basket was donated by the OSU Alumni Club of Knox County.

The auction also included massage certificate packets from Top Notch Massage Therapy which brought in $550!



The Snowflake Gala/dinner/auction at Kenyon College was a huge success.

In the 7th year of the event, their net proceeds collected over $147,000!

The President’s Community Holiday Reception collected $941.00 in cash donations and at least 15 boxes of canned goods and staples.

So Kenyon’s contribution to Food for the Hungry was $147,941!!

Kenyon presented the William A. Stroud Jr. Award for community service to Jim and Maureen Buchwald.


The Fredericktown Christmas Walk brought in a total of $5,000, which included the Fredericktown Christmas Walk Auction total of $2,715!

Fredericktown’s collection points on 12/9 brought in $1,220.90 and 618 food items.

Fredericktown’s grand total was $10,250.90 and 2.75 truckloads of food.


The Danville silent auction of Christmas wreaths and other decorations brought in $614!

Danville collections on 12/9 brought in $3,673 and 1.25 truckloads.

Danville Elementary kids brought in 577 food items and $696.25! Danville High School students brought in $447.50 and 351 items.

Danville’s grand total with collections on 12/9 was $5,430.75 and over 2 truckloads of food.


The Centerburg silent auction of wreaths brought in $240

Centerburg collections on 12/9 brought in $1,125.29 and 214 items.

Centerburg Middle/High School brought in $600.80; FFA brought in 1,000 food items and Centerburg Elementary brought in 1,337 food items.

Centerburg’s grand total was $ 1,966.09 and 2,551 food items (2.05 – 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.

$7,678.78 was collected, supporting 959 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. $47.45 in cash and 3,080 pounds of food was collected! That’s 2 truckloads of food!


The Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning was a success! 203 runners and walkers participated, raising $1,110 and 696 food items. ·


The Elixir Presents Foodstock 2017  “Sgt. Pepper – a Beatles Tribute, ” raised $1,310.55 and 660 food items.


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 below! Thanks to Jacob Newton from Kokosing River Productions and WNZR’s Richie Johns 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.