Show your support by attending one of these upcoming fun events that benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. (Click on photos for larger image.)
Feeding the Hungry – One bowl at a time—NOW thru December 10
Throughout the year, kids, seniors, skillful artisans and those throwing a bowl for the first time in their lives volunteer by making one-of-a-kind clay bowls for Empty Bowls. This annual fundraiser for Mid-Ohio Foodbank is made possible by the staff of Columbus Recreation and Parks. From November 14th - December 10th, lunch sites all over Columbus will offer the handmade bowls and a cup of soup for a $10 donation.
Check out the Empty Bowls flyer for a schedule of meal sites. Every $10 donation provides $100 worth of food and groceries for hungry families and individuals.
The Gift that fights hunger—Now thru November 25
In anticipation of the release of "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" and continuing its tradition of community involvement, Studio Movie Grill is selling Hunger Games gift cards.
10% of the proceeds raised from online sales of the Hunger Games-themed digital gift cards will benefit Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Gift cards make great holiday offerings and are available now through November 25 at www.studiomoviegrill.com.
THANKSforGIVING—Thursday, November 26
On Thanksgiving Day starting at 8:30 A.M., New Albany is hosting the THANKS for GIVING 4miler and Drumstick Dash at the Market Square. While there is not official race fee, all funds collected are donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Lifecare Alliance and New Albany Community Foundation to provide meals for hungry neighbors. T-shirts are available on the day of the event. Click here to register today.
Bexley Turkey Trot—Thursday, November 26
Start your Thanksgiving off right with a 5k or 2k! St. Alban’s Episcopal Church presents the 2nd Annual Pete Lowder Memorial Bexley Turkey Trot Big Gobbler (5k) and Little Gobbler (2k) Family Run.
Mark you calendar for November 26th – Thanksgiving Day. The races begin at 9:30 a.m. Register here for the Turkey Trot today to start a new holiday tradition!
A Holiday Gathering—Thursday, December 10
Come join Taylor Riggs, creator of Simply Taylor, and Sarah Crock, owner of Columbus Nutrition Company, for A Holiday Gathering in the greenhouse at Folsom and Pine Farm on December 10th at 6:30pm.
Cozy up around the table with some new friends while they prepare a holiday-inspired meal using local ingredients. All proceeds benefit Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Enjoy a night full of food and fun, all for a great cause.
Figgy Fest—Saturday, December 19
Do you like rocking tunes? Do you enjoy the holiday season? Perfect! The 2015 Figgy Fest Annual Punk/ Rock Holiday Party is Saturday, December 19th at Ace of Cups. Come prepared for a prize drawing and plenty of entertainment to last through the night. The cover is $5 and benefits Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
For more information on the night’s activities, click here to the Figgy Fest's facebook page.
A Piada Holiday – You Gift, They Give—Now Thru December 31
Now through December 31st, visit your local Piada Italian Street Food and support a local food bank! For every $25 gift card purchased this holiday season, they'll give customers a free Piada, pasta, or chopped salad on their next visit and donate a cup of soup to Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Click here for more information or to find a location near you.
Payroll deductions Make Giving Easy—Going ON NOW!!
Workplace giving campaigns make it easy to support Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Every $1 donated provides $10 worth of groceries for hungry Ohio families. The following campaigns make it easy to give regularly via payroll deduction. Federal employees can designate Mid-Ohio Foodbank through the Combined Federal Campaign. Our 5 digit code is 16105. Mid-Ohio Foodbank is now part of The Ohio State University’s Bucks for Charity
program, which provides faculty, staff retirees and students on the Columbus campus to support central Ohio charities. To give directly to Mid-Oh
io Foodbank, select Bucks for Charity code 61134. City of Columbus and Franklin County employees can designate Mid-Ohio Foodbank by writing in our tax ID number 31-0865343. Many other employers offer payroll deductions for thecharity of your choice. Please contact Claire Badger at 614.317.9403 or email if you have any questions.
Cosi is on the Grind—Going on Now!
Need a new, fresh start to your day? Ending in December, local Cosi restaurants are selling a special brew just for our hungry neighbors. A portion of the proceeds from every cup sold will benefit Mid-Ohio Foodbank! Cosi associates will also volunteer their time to help our hungry neighbors across the country. Visit your local Cosi and support a hungry child, family, or senior with a hot cup of coffee.
The Great American Milk Drive-Going on Now!
While kids look forward to summer break all year, we know that many families struggle when they lose access to in-school meal programs. June is National Dairy Month and to help power the play of children this summer, The Great American Milk Drive is offering even more opportunities to get vouchers for FREE MILK to our neighbors struggling to make ends meet this summer.
We are asking our community to help power the play of kids in our neighborhoods with a small donation at milklife.com/give. A donation of as little as $5 will deliver a gallon of milk to a local family (when you enter your billing zip code, your donation will be delivered to Mid-Ohio Foodbank)
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! The program resets on April 1st of every year so even if you have already designated Mid-Ohio Foodbank, now is the time to log back in and designate us again.
Rock City—Going on Now
Rock City Church supports Mid-Ohio Foodbank and honoring first time visitors. For every connect card they receive from a first time guest at one of their services, the Foodbank will receive a $5 donation. Click here to get more information on Rock City and find ways to get involved, Rock City holds services at the AMC Lennox, Fawcett Center, and Regal Cinemas every Sunday.
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.
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.