MOUNT VERNON — The 2013 Food for the Hungry drive, the ultimate community project, was an amazing collaboration between local communities, businesses, agencies and caring individuals throughout the county, and exceeded this year’s goals collecting $175,000 and 62.7 truck loads of food.
In addition to various collection points throughout the county, food and funds were gathered through student efforts in each school district, Foodstock Chautauqua, an online auction by the Knox County Career Center, food for fines at the libraries, Fredericktown’s Christmas Walk and Charity Auction, Holiday Gallery silent auctions at the Centerburg and Danville branches of First Knox National Bank, the Kenyon Gala dinner and auction and Kenyon’s Empty Bowls event.
Despite constant snow showers, slushy roads and chilly temperatures, Saturday’s culminating events were a success. Live events on Saturday included the annual shopping cart derby in Mount Vernon and the live basket auction at Mount Vernon City Hall. Knox County postal workers also helped on Saturday by picking up items at donors’ homes.
Sandy Rhoton, drive coordinator, said the snow didn’t seem to hinder people who wanted to brave the weather and donate to the cause.
“I think sometimes when you’re sitting in your warm house, it makes you realize that other folks need help,” Rhoton told the News. “Sometimes I think people try harder to be sure they give. I am pleased with the results — very, very pleased.”
The live auction raised $2,245 and the shopping cart derby brought in a total of $980 and 3,838 food items, or the equivalent of three truck loads of food items.
Todd Huber of Time Warner Cable captained the derby team which collected the most food items — 2,384. The team also brought in $162 in cash.
He said team members put grocery bags, donated by Kroger, on porches along their East High route three or four nights prior to Saturday’s race. “Then we went today and picked them up off the porches so we don’t have to knock on doors like we did before,” he explained on Saturday. “We also collect a lot of food beforehand and bring it in.”
WNZR fielded the fastest shopping cart team in the derby and collected $340 and 511 food items. Jamar Shaffer and Josh Pollock said the weather was a little bit off-putting, but not a big deterrent. They said they had a great response from donors.
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