Show your support by attending one of these upcoming fun events that benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. (Click on photos for larger image.)
Restaurant Week Columbus—July 21 - 26
Local restaurants are at it again – providing delicious menus for the public and feeding Ohio families in need at the same time. (614) Magazine’s Restaurant Week takes place July 21 – 26th. Over 70 restaurants will offer a three course fixed price menu for between $15 - $35. Mid-Ohio Foodbank receives a $5,000 donation on behalf of all the participants.
Visit Restaurant Week Columbus for a list of participating restaurants and their special menus.
PantryPanic! at the Ohio State Fair—THursday, July 24
Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Ohio 4-H and Kroger are in their 2nd year of hosting PantryPanic! on Thursday, July 24 from 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. This event is based on a curriculum that was co-created by Ohio 4-H, OSU Extension and the Foodbank to help youth better understand hunger in their community as well as know how to create delicious meals, not from a recipe, but from the items in your cupboards or from a food pantry.
This event hosts students helpers as well as two well-known chefs from here in Columbus who compete to cook the most delicious, nutritious meal with food pantry items. Dishes will be judged by a panel of local celebrity food enthusiasts. Join us at Central park at the Fair!
Made Local Marketplace—Saturday, August 2
Made LOCAL Marketplace is not your typical arts and crafts show. This event features the best OHIO MADE products from over 70 LOCAL vendors. On Saturday, August 2nd, from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Strongwater Food and Sprits will be hosting the Made LOCAL Marketplace.
There will be lots to do, look at, and buy! With a portion of the proceeds benefiting Mid-Ohio Foodbank, it’s a win/win for everyone!
Columbus Flea SUMMER—Sunday, August 3
It’s FLEA season! (in more ways than one) Join us for Columbus Flea’s fifth Summer FLEA at Seventh Sons Brewing on Sunday, August 3 from 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.. Here you can find all of the candles, handmade jewelry, crafts and vintage items your heart desires accompanied by some of the best food trucks Columbus has to offer.
Table fees from vendors is donated to the Foodbank, so support the businesses that help support our hungry neighbors!
Ending Hunger One Step at a Time—Sunday, October 12
Do YOU want to help end hunger one step at a time? This year on October 12, 2014, Church World Service invites hundreds of walkers to raise funds for local and global hunger programs during the Columbus CROP Hunger Walk.
This years’ walk will be at the Scioto Audubon Park. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Click here to learn more about the Columbus CROP Hunger Walk and how you can provide for hungry neighbors in Franklin County and all around the world.
Round UP at Kroger—Going on Now
Partnering with Feeding America to support food banks nationwide, The Kroger Company is asking you to help put food on the tables of families struggling with hunger by asking your cashier to “Round Up!” Through your contributions, last year $195,000 was raised to put 780,000 meals on the tables of hungry central and eastern Ohioans.
You are also able to help Kroger make a difference by signing up for Kroger Community Rewards. You can register your Kroger Plus card to benefit Mid-Ohio Foodbank and it DOESN’T COST YOU A THING! Each time a participating cardholder swipes their Kroger card for a purchase, the organization earns a percentage of your purchase. To sign up for the program visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com and register your Kroger Plus card today. Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s organization number is #83610. Double up your support for Mid-Ohio Foodbank with Kroger!
Heating Homes and Feeding Those in Need—Going on Now!
KNOW Heating is a Heating, Cooling, Air Conditioning service and replacement company located in Franklin County.
Know Heating is donating 10% of any repair to Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Whenever a service call is made they will diagnose the problem , fix it, and help feed hungry families.
Once repairs are made, 10% of the total cost will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. For more information, call 614.678.6344 or visit their website.
Plant a Row for the Hungry
Do you have a green thumb and want to help out families in need? Then you should consider taking part in Plant a Row for the Hungry. Every year the Garden Writer’s Association asks gardeners all over the country to plant an extra row of vegetables and donate their surplus harvest to local hunger-relief agencies.
Fresh tomatoes, squash, beans, peppers, and other produce provide nutritious meals for clients at our member pantries. You can drop your veggies off at the Foodbank between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or call 614.274.7770 and ask for information on a pantry near you.
An Inspiring Life
Shanile Goggins was a vibrant college student with a strong will to help those in and around her community. At age 19, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and given only weeks to live. The Summer That Changed My Life details her experiences after the diagnosis, as she continued to work and volunteer while undergoing cancer treatments. Towards the end of her life, she chose to donate a large portion of her savings to the Foodbank to help families need.
The book is a sobering, yet uplifting and spiritual account of a young woman who’s desire to help others never diminished despite her daunting illness. This book has been made available by her family in hopes that it continues to provide support for others diagnosed with cancer and their families. A portion of the proceeds from this book will benefit both Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Lutheran Social Services.
Ladybug Baby Bug
Janice & Mark Perkins’ first book is a children’s book about a baby lady bug and her family. The sweet tale is aimed for toddlers, and the pair donates a percentage of the book sales to Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
To purchase your own copy, visit Amazon.