What We're Celebrating!
Our community partners make our events possible - raising crucial resources for the fight against hunger. Click on photos for larger image if available.
Nick Akins, AEP Chairman, presents Matt Habash, MOF President and CEO, a check during the 10th Annual AEP Harvest For Hunger Palooza.
The event featured The Power Cords, a band formed in 2003 to perform at the AEP Operation Feed talent show. The band has performed every year since, and includes members from AEP, NiSource and other area companies. This year, the band welcomed Dr. Michael V. Drake, President, The Ohio State University, for a guest performance on the guitar.
Operation Feed Campaign Update
Thirty One Gifts Keep On Giving
During Thirty-One Gifts national conference here in Columbus, they encouraged employees to take part in #31share, a pay-it-forward social media based campaign. Wendy Bradshaw, Dir. Philanthopy & Events, stopped by the Foodbank to make a donation and decided to get into the Hunger Action Month spirit with our president & CEO, Matt Habash.
Thank you Thirty-One Gifts!
Rockout for Hunger
A huge thanks goes out to This Divine Tragedy and ROCKOUT CAMPOUT for providing 120 meals to Mid-Ohio Foodbank. On July 25th six Central Ohio rock bands joined with This Divine Tragedy to host the ultimate rock concert.
In lieu of ticket sales, concert goers were asked to bring a canned food item to the event. To check out upcoming This Divine Tragedy concerts click here. Thank you so much for helping our hungry neighbors!
Kroger's Feed Ohio Day at the Fair
Mid-Ohio Foodbank is so grateful for Kroger and all the people who supported a successful food drive at this year’s Ohio State Fair on July 30, during Kroger’s ‘Feed Ohio Day’. The final weigh-in at the end of the day showed that State Fair-goers donated nearly 14,000 lbs. (7tons) of food providing nearly 12,000 healthy, nutritious meals for our hungry families, seniors and children across the Foodbank’s 20-county service area.
Our local chefs, Isaac Nehring, of Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s own South Side Roots Café, and John Dornback, owner and chef of Basi Italia went head-to-head, with Chef Dornback remaining champion by creating three amazing nutritious meals from items found at a food pantry. Each of the chefs were assisted by students of the Sharecorps Transitions team. The judges were Tricia Wheeler, Dr. Bob Horton, Dr. Bobby Moser, Kaye Hartman, and Jen Lynch. Click here to view a short video of the Pantry Panic competition.
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Representatives C. Grossman (R-Grove City), R. McColley (R-Napoleon) and former Rep. L. Wachtmann from the Ohio House of Representatives joined us on Wednesday, June 10 to deliver $1000, boxes of office donated food items and a truckload of Campbell’s Soup Company produces from the local plant. This donation yielded over 28,000 meals for their Operation Feed campaign.
While watching Food Network, his favorite channel 4 years ago, Braxton decided to turn his garage into a food depository to collect food for his hungry neighbors in Mahoning Valley. Since their move to Hilliard last year, Braxton has continued his project, Braxton’s Bags and so far has raised over 4.500 pounds of food for both communities.
Ohio Pork Council Believes Hunger is Hogwash
Ohio Farmers, through the Ohio Pork Council (OPC), have partnered with generous supporters such as the Ohio Association of Meat Processors, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and many other Ohio businesses to support the Foodbank with a donation of 8,322 pounds of lean ground pork. This donation will provide nearly 42,000 meals.
Johnstown, Ohio farmer and National Pork Council Member Jim Heimerl, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D) and our president & CEO Matt Habash were here to celebrate the generous donation.
Making a difference in First Grade
A BIG THANKS to Mrs. Sullivan’s class and JW Reason Elementary for their contribution to Mid-Ohio Foodbank! Mrs. Sullivan recently taught her class how each person, regardless of age, can make a difference. Her class took it upon themselves to collect grocery bags and donate them to the Kroger Community Pantry.
These bags will be used by our hungry neighbors when they shop for fresh foods at our on-site food pantry. First graders created informative posters and made a promotional video for their morning news report to spread the word throughout their school. JW Reason students donated thousands of grocery bags. It took two vehicles to transport them! Thank you, students & staff, you showed the community that anyone can make a difference!
Thank you! Thank you!
A huge thank you to the Monsanto Fund and our local friends and farmers, The Pace Family for selecting Mid-Ohio Foodbank as the recipient of a $2,500 America’s Farmers Grow Communities grant! Mid-Ohio Foodbank will use this generous gift to acquire and distribute more fresh food, especially fruits and vegetables, to our hungry neighbors in 2015.
With wonderful partners like these, we are building a hunger-free and healthier community every day.
#FreeSylvie - Grounded for a Cause
For a high school student, being grounded can be a pretty rough time. Maika decided to make the experience count as a bigger lesson for her daughter, Sylvie. After seeing the #FreeSylvie hashtag on social media that Sylvie’s friends created, Maika challenged Sylvie to design a “Free Sylvie” t-shirt, print, and sell the shirts to her peers for charity.
The success of the shirts shortened Sylvie’s grounding to 5 weeks and raised $715 for Mid-Ohio Foodbank so far! Thank you Maika & Sylvie for helping so many of our hungry neighbors. Stay out of trouble and keep up the good work!