Words such as charitable, magnanimous and munificent barely begin to describe the extraordinary generosity of Knox County as citizens opened their hearts and purse strings to support the 2017 Food for the Hungry Drive, donating a record $313,691 in cash donations and 21 truckloads of food items.

Joshua Morrison/News Members of the Food for the Hungry board of directors, recipients and broadcast staff react to the final total of $313,691 and 21 truckloads of food at the conclusion of Saturday’s drive. Pictured are, front row, from left, Marcy Rinehart, board member with WNZR; Joy Harris, Interchurch Social Services; Lt. Megan Ashcraft and Lt. Christine Baker, The Salvation Army; and Curtis Newland, board member with WMVO/WQIO; back row, from left, John Feltman, board member with Knox County Career Center; Larry George, board member with Spectrum Cable; Samantha Scoles, board member with Mount Vernon News; and Sara Lynn, WMVO/WQIO staff. The board set a 2017 goal of $200,000.

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Members of the Food for the Hungry board of directors, recipients and broadcast staff react to the final total of $313,691 and 21 truckloads of food at the conclusion of Saturday’s drive. Pictured are, front row, from left, Marcy Rinehart, board member with WNZR; Joy Harris, Interchurch Social Services; Lt. Megan Ashcraft and Lt. Christine Baker, The Salvation Army; and Curtis Newland, board member with WMVO/WQIO; back row, from left, John Feltman, board member with Knox County Career Center; Larry George, board member with Spectrum Cable; Samantha Scoles, board member with Mount Vernon News; and Sara Lynn, WMVO/WQIO staff. The board set a 2017 goal of $200,000. Request this photo

 

 

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Joshua Morrison/News Food For the Hungry board members move set decorations and equipment to the food drive’s new broadcast location at the Knox County Memorial Building Theater. Food collection and event broadcast will take place on Saturday at 112 E. High St., Mount Vernon, with a goal of $200,000 and multiple truck loads of food. Pictured are, from left, Matt Starr, Kokosing River Productions; Marcy Rinehart, Mount Vernon Nazarene University; Samantha Scoles, Mount Vernon News; Lisa Mazzari, drive coordinator; and Joe Rinehart, MVNU. Standing in the truck is volunteer mover Matt Sparks.

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Food For the Hungry board members move set decorations and equipment to the food drive’s new broadcast location at the Knox County Memorial Building Theater. Food collection and event broadcast will take place on Saturday at 112 E. High St., Mount Vernon, with a goal of $200,000 and multiple truck loads of food. Pictured are, from left, Matt Starr, Kokosing River Productions; Marcy Rinehart, Mount Vernon Nazarene University; Samantha Scoles, Mount Vernon News; Lisa Mazzari, drive coordinator; and Joe Rinehart, MVNU. Standing in the truck is volunteer mover Matt Sparks. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — Local media outlets will join together Saturday for the 36th annual Food For the Hungry drive, to benefit The Salvation Army, Interchurch Social Services and 14 other food and poverty assistance initiatives in Knox County.

A live broadcast of all the day’s events begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m., on 100.9 FM and 13WMVO Radio with live video streaming at MVNU.TV. The broadcast will originate from the Knox County Memorial Building on East High Street.

Local media personalities Marcy Rinehart of WNZR, along with Sara Lynn and Curtis Newland of WMVO/93.7 The Super Q will serve as hosts for the event. Kokosing River Productions, the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Department of Communication, Wayne Bower, J.R. Bonham and Spectrum Cable are donating broadcast production and technical support.

This year’s broadcast, as always, will feature several community members and organizations presenting their contributions to the drive. FFTH will present $20,000 in mini-grants throughout the day. A number of Knox County elementary, middle, and high school student collection winners will also be recognized.There will be live entertainment from local performers Megan Campbell and Annika Kanuckel-Wolfe of Mount Vernon High School, plus a trio of MVNU student musicians — Lilly Buckley, Richie Johns and Rachel Rinehart.

At noon, the webcast will have short video features on the new Salvation Army officers and MVNU’s Knox Needs Thrift Store. Viewers will also see a tribute to James and Maureen Buchwald, recipients of this year’s William A. Stroud Award for community service from Kenyon College.

The Knox County Career Center auction of themed baskets will begin around 1:05 p.m., with Jerry Scott and John Ruckman serving as auctioneers. Community members are encouraged to join the bidding with plenty of seating inside the Memorial Theater.

At 3:10 p.m., MVNU will present the annual Stephen Zelkowitz Memorial Award, which honors service to the FFTH drive. This year’s recipients are Roy and the late Glenda Waldron, known to many Knox County residents as Bubbles and Banjo. Kenyon College will present the exciting results of this year’s Snowflake Gala at 3:30 p.m.

Those wanting to drop off food and monetary donations may do so driving eastbound in front of the Memorial Building, 112 E. High St.

Gala showcases stories of hope, service

GAMBIER — In the glow of warm candlelight, guests of the Snowflake Gala chattered happily as they prepared for an evening of touching stories, well deserved awards and, of course, a chance to donate to a great cause.


Joshua Morrison/News On a chilly Thanksgiving morning, 203 runners set out on a 5K around the Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus. The run/walk was part of MVNU’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for Food For the Hungry. Entry was either a food or cash donation with the proceeds going to FFH.

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On a chilly Thanksgiving morning, 203 runners set out on a 5K around the Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus. The run/walk was part of MVNU’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for Food For the Hungry. Entry was either a food or cash donation with the proceeds going to FFH. Request this photo

 


Joshua Morrison/News Food for the Hungry board members get ready for this year’s annual food drive at the Memorial Theater in Mount Vernon. Pictured are, from left, Samantha Scoles, Matt Starr, Marty Trese, Joe Rinehart, Marcy Rinehart and Lisa Mazzari.

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Food for the Hungry board members get ready for this year’s annual food drive at the Memorial Theater in Mount Vernon. Pictured are, from left, Samantha Scoles, Matt Starr, Marty Trese, Joe Rinehart, Marcy Rinehart and Lisa Mazzari. Request this photo

 

 

Food for the Hungry kicks off annual drive

MOUNT VERNON — The 36th annual Food for the Hungry Drive officially underway throughout Knox County, and will culminate in a live video and radio broadcast on Saturday, Dec. 9, at a new location — the Knox County Memorial Building in Mount Vernon. The financial goal for this year’s drive is $200,000, and Food for the Hungry hopes to collect as much canned or boxed food as the community can donate. Last year, over 28 truckloads of physical food were collected.


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