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.
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!
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!