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.
A Party to Stop Traffic
Red Light/Green Light Party began in 2008 and has been raging ever since! This year brought in $3,300 raising a total of $25,000 to fight hunger right here in our community for the past seven years!
Thank you, John McGory for organizing such a great event and being the life of the party to our hungry neighbors.
Your Community Thanks you Tad!
One of the city’s finest retired this spring making it clear that helping others was more than just his job. Tad DeLong served as a firefighter for 30 years. As his much-anticipated retirement date inched closer, he decided that his retirement party should raise funds to feed hungry Ohioans. Tad’s friends and family donated $2,200 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank in his honor – enough to provide 8,800 meals. After dedicating his career to helping others, he has decided to continue in his retirement. Thank you, Tad!
Darden Foundation selects Mid-Ohio Foodbank as a Recipient
“We’re proud to be a $4,000 recipient of Darden’s Restaurant Community Grants program! We are so excited that our local Darden restaurants – Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and Red Lobster – recognized us as a leader in our community and are supporting our work to end hunger one nourishing meal at a time and provide our hungry neighbors more fresh food.
Each restaurant in the Darden family – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House – helped award a $1,000 grant to a nonprofit its community.
Battelle Employees Are Bowling Away Hunger
Battelle hosted an employee bowling event where different departments chose different charities – Mid-Ohio Foodbank was chosen by the CBRNE Strikes!
The Strikes did not win the bowling tournament, but did win for most amount raised prior to the event! Thank you CBRNE Strikes in bowling away hunger!
Souls Over Sales
Souls Over Sales was a concert featuring Kierra “Kiki” Sheard that took place on February 8th. Kiki is a Grammy Award nominated singer, actress, and reality TV star. During the event, t-shirts were sold with 10% of the proceeds benefitting Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
With the donation from this event, we are able to provide $1,100.00 worth of groceries to our hungry neighbors through our network.
Souper Bowl of Caring 2014
Many individuals and organizations participated in our Souper Bowl of Caring fundraiser on February 2, 2014. Barbara Riley from the First Baptist Church of Grove City decorated an old pot and walked throughout her church collecting funds for Mid-Ohio Foodbank. They raised $265.00. We also had participation from Temple Israel of Marion, Ohio, Zion Christian Assembly, Friendship Baptist, Westerville Church and many more!
We have received $610 so far and will keep you updated on the “score” of our SOUPer Bowl of Caring fundraising!
Thank you Safelite Autoglass Foundation
Mid-Ohio Foodbank is excited to announce that we received a $25,000 Impact Grant from the Safelite AutoGlass Foundation.
The grant will support our growing Produce Market program in 2014, helping us deliver more fresh fruits and vegetables to our neighbors. Thank you, Safelite!
When the rock backgrounds of Rick Hall, George Bower, Tom Weisend, and Rob Davis met, the result was an alternative country CD. 100% of the CD sales benefit Mid-Ohio Foodbank. By rocking out, they helped to fill empty plates of central and eastern Ohioans. Rock on gentlemen!
3rd Annual Canstruction
Thanks to Red Roof Inn for once again hosting their 3rd Annual Canstruction at the Foodbank. With this year’s awesome sculptures, they donated 1117lbs of groceries! Their donation included one of the largest single-handed paper goods donations that the Foodbank has ever seen.
Thank you to Red Roof Inn for caring about our neighbors struggling with hunger in Central and Eastern Ohio this holiday season! Congrats to the sculptors of the Festivus Tree which was inclusive of many holidays and won the Canstruction contest!
FLIP OFF HUNGER-PINBALL TOURNAMENT
This nationwide tournament held at 16-Bit Bar+Arcade not only separated the creme de la creme of pinballers, but it also helped raise hunger awareness! Registration fees for the tournament came to Mid-Ohio Foodbank to provide $6710 worth of groceries ($610).
Enjoy the Bliss
Yoga Outreach Columbus has been moving their bodies to help Mid-Ohio Foodbank move food to hungry neighbors. For the last three years, yoga fans have come together to raise money for Mid-Ohio Foodbank. The event took place on April 28, 2013 at Ohio Weslyan University, and raised $1,000.00 which provided 4,000 meals to hungry Ohioans.
A pie in the Sky
M+A ComPIEtition 2013 ate well to help the hungry. In order to be a tasting judge, a donation was required. They had a 11 pie entries and 30 taste testing judges. All of their hard baking and tasting time paid off. They raised enough money for 640 meals for their hungry neighbors in central and eastern Ohio.
Boy Scouts of America Join Forces with ABC 6/Fox28
This year, our partnership with Simon Kenton Council—Boy Scouts of America and ABC 6/FOX28 helped us to raise over 3500 pounds of food for the kick off to their month long “Scouting for Food” event. Keep your eyes peeled, throughout the month of November, as you may find a little brown Boy Scouts bag on your door to donate!
Love Fills Hungry Bellies
On November 2nd, Kim & Roshan Balakrishnan celebrated their wedding in the most giving way. They thought of others and encouraged guests to donate to one of three of their favorite charities. Mid-Ohio Foodbank was lucky enough to be one of those charities. Kim & Roshan’s generosity has helped their hungry neighbors in central & eastern Ohio. Congratulations and thank you from Mid-Ohio Foodbank!
Alliance Data Goes Turkey
Our partners at Alliance helped to raise 56 turkeys for our annual Turkey Hunt fundraiser to purchase turkeys to place on the tables of our hungry neighbors this holiday season. To raise the funds, they sold feathers to dress the fun themed turkeys for each department. Not only did they help our neighbors share a meal, they had fun doing it.
Franklin County Crop Walk
Over 600 people came together on Sunday, October 13 and walked to help hungry people both locally and around the world. The Franklin County CROP Walk is an annual fundraiser with a big heart. A portion of the funds raised by the event benefit Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Our thanks to the organizers, volunteers, and walkers.
SEALS Go Golfing
Andy Seals, owner of SEALS Construction Inc., presents the proceeds of their annual golf outing to Mark Mollenkopf, Strategic Solutions Developer at Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
The outing took place September 27th at Valley View Golf Club in Lancaster and raised $5,500 to feed families in need.
Garden of the Year
On September 11, 2013, over 200 community gardeners, local business, and civic leaders gathered on the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus for the 12th annual Growing to Green Awards. This annual potluck dinner and harvest celebration honors the hard work of community gardeners throughout central Ohio.
This year, Mid-Ohio Foodbank won Community Garden of the Year. This award goes to the top neighborhood gardening project for food production or beautification. Our garden produced over 1 ton of food this year, winning this honor and $500 award.
Safelite Autoglass® Volunteers Plant Garden at Corporate Headquarters to Support Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Volunteers from Safelite Autoglass® recently planted a garden outside its headquarters off of I-270 and Sawmill Road with the goal of donating all the crops from the garden to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
This is the second year employees volunteered their time to plant and harvest the garden. Last year, volunteers harvested more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce - including zucchinis, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant and squash.
On behalf of the hungry in our community, Thank You Safelite Autoglass®!
SOUP AND BREAD RAISES 10,000+ MEALS IN YEAR ONE
Area soup enthusiasts gathered once a month from fall through spring at Woodlands Tavern, tasting some delicious creations while raising money for the Foodbank. The idea, from Tricia Keels of No Chefs Allowed, raised enough funds for more than 10,000 meals and will be back this fall! You can read Tricia’s recap of year one here.