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.
#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!
Walmart Helps Spark Change
Thanks to our followers who voted for the Foodbank for Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign to help us win the $60,000 not only for us but for LSS Food Pantries and The Well at Sunnyside.
The second grant for $75,000 is to help fund our SNAP Outreach Program that helps our eligible neighbors access the much needed resources available to them such as SNAP, Medicaid, etc.
HUGE THANKS to our friends at Walmart for not one but TWO grants that will help us continue our mission toward a hunger-free & healthier community.
This September, Seals Construction Inc. held their annual golf outing at Valley View Golf Course. This event has raised over 61,000 meals for Mid-Ohio Foodbank since 2011. We greatly appreciate Seals Construction owner, Andy (pictured right), and his team and their efforts to fight hunger in our community. FORE!
Yoga Outreach Columbus
Over the last four years, Yoga Outreach Columbus has been helping feed families and individuals in central Ohio. Every year, the community gathers at Ohio Wesleyan to enjoy a morning of yoga, delicious food, and fun. The event is open to yogis and yoginis of all levels and to date, Yoga Outreach Columbus has raised 13,336 meals!
Thank you, Yoga Outreach Columbus for providing food for those stuggling to make ends meet.
Thank you Gulfport Energy
Why did the cow cross the road? To feed hungry families in Monroe County! Because of Gulfport Energy’s 225 pound beef donation to three area pantries, families and individuals enjoyed a protein rich addition to their usual food items. Thank you Gulfport Energy!
4th Graders Support HAM
Many thanks to our community for participating in September’s Hunger Action Month 2014! Our events saw a great turn out and our advocates were stronger than ever – such as Ms. Strasburg’s Fourth Grade class at Westgate Alternative Elementary School, who worked hard to raise $187.58 for Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Thank you!
Remember, food insecurity doesn’t end once Hunger Action Month does – keep up the fight all year long.
From the Farm to the Pantry
XTO Energy purchased several animals at the 2014 Belmont County Fair through the 4-H Junior Livestock Auction--one of which was a steer that yielded over 500 pounds of beef. By partnering with Mid-Ohio Foodbank, they were able to process and donate the beef to seven (7) pantries in Belmont County including Abundant Life, Bridgeport Council of Churches, Salvation Army, St. Clairsville Food Pantry, Shadyside Food Pantry, St. Frances Cabrini and Daily Bread Center.
XTO Energy is committed to giving back to the community and are proud to partner with Belmont County 4-H and Mid-Ohio Foodbank to provide for neighbors struggling with hunger.
AEP Palooza, a great success!
AEP’s 9th Annual Harvest For Hunger Palooza was held On Thursday, Sept. 25th at Mid-Ohio Foodbank. The event featured The Power Chords, a band that was formed in 2003 to perform at AEP’s Operation Feed Talent Show. The band plays rock-and-roll hits from the 60’s to today and includes executives from AEP and NiSource Gas Distribution.
When it started 9 years ago, the Palooza raised about $2500 – this year the event raised over $75,000 and will provide more than 300,000 meals for families in central and eastern Ohio.
Morgan Stanley - A Great Partner!
Morgan Stanley is a great partner to Feeding America's network of food banks.
Recently, Mid-Ohio Foodbank was visited by the local Morgan Stanley office to deliver a grant award for $25,000 to support the Foodbank's BackPack Program, an initiative that sends income eligible students home with kid-friendly groceries for weekend meals. This grant is the 3rd gift the Foodbank received from Morgan Stanley, bringing the total to $100,000!
They also delivered 605 pounds of food in kid packs for the BackPack program and $540 in cash totaling over 2,700 meals worth of food!
Thanks Morgan Stanley for believing that no one should go hungry!
2nd Annual PantryPanic! cookoff at The Ohio State Fair
In its second year, two local chefs go head-to-head to show what they can do with items received from a food pantry. This concept is straight out of the curriculum created by Mid-Ohio Foodbank in collaboration with OSU Extension and Ohio 4-H that teaches students how to create nutritious meals, not from a recipe, but from what they have on hand.
We had a panel of amazing community members who know a bit about pantries as well as cooking. Joined by Tricia Keels of NoChefsAllowed.com who hosts Columbus Soup & Bread each winter, Jeni Britton-Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Fair Commissioner Sherri VanTassel, Kathy Kelly-Long manager of Broad St Presbyterian Pantry, and Angela An of WBNS-10TV, and hosted by Johnny DiLoretto, we had a tasty good time.
PantryPanic! veteran, Chef Johnny Dornback, was crowned winner of this year’s competition. Although Chef Dustin Brafford was runner-up he is prepared to take the crown next year. A huge thanks to the 4-H and Weinland Park Community Garden @ Godman Guild youth that assisted our chefs and hosted the Price Is Right.
He's Going the Distance
Chris Buchheit is on the run—not from the law, but for Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Through racing in the Mohican 100, Chris was able to raise $6,375 for our hungry neighbors. His amazing journey which was shared through these pictures, shows how he was able to do it in less than 30 hours! Thank you Chris!
Thank you Kaleigh!
The Sweetheart of Queens, Miss Kaleigh Loughridge stopped by Mid-Ohio Foodbank to drop off donations from the pageant raffle. Before her tour she gave the staff a mini-concert and with her donation, we can provide 1,548 meals to our hungry neighbors.
Sacred Shimmy for a Cause
Michelle and her friends at Sacred Shimmy decided to roll some bellies to fill bellies. Their monthly live music belly dance party was filled with open dancing and magical drumming to get everyone shaking what they got! The tips were donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the hip shaking helped to raise 400 meals to our hungry neighbors. Thank you Michelle and Sacred Shimmy for a fun event for an amazing cause.
R BAR Joins the Battle Against Hunger and Scores!
R Bar scored a hat-trick for hunger! During the three home Columbus Blue Jackets playoff games against The Penguins, R Bar charged Penguin fans cover and donated all proceeds of it to Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
They raised 17,000 meals in just three nights! We've "Joined the battle" in the fight against hunger.
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!
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®!