KNOX COUNTY — Campaigns launch this month at area high schools offering students the opportunity to participate in the Food for the Hungry food-raising effort. Sponsored by Central Ohio Technical College, the goal of the 2016 high school campaign will be to exceed last year’s numbers by 10 percent collecting close to $5,000 and more than 4,400 food items.

“COTC is excited to take a leadership role in Food for the Hungry this year working closely with the high schools and their individual campaigns,” said Teri Holder, vice president for Extended Campuses and The Gateway. “The community has been so supportive of the college over the 30 years we have been located in Knox County and this is a great way for us to give back and to further infuse the college into the local high schools.”

Campaigns are scheduled at the schools as follows:
•East Knox High School — Through Friday;
•Mount Vernon High School — Through Friday;
•Knox County Career Center — Nov. 22 through Dec. 9;
•Fredericktown — Nov. 28 through Dec. 9;
•Centerburg High School — Dec. 5-9 (tentative); and
•Danville High School — collections are in progress and will continue through Dec. 6.

Collection boxes are located at the high schools and campaign strategies will be unique to each school. A winning class will be identified at each high school and will be treated to a pizza or donut party sponsored by Central Ohio Technical College. Cash donations are welcome. Each $1 donated will be equal to four food items. Checks should be made payable to Food for the Hungry.

One representative from each school will be invited to participate in the Food for the Hungry live broadcast at City Hall on Saturday, Dec. 10. The students will be recognized on Time Warner Cable (channel 9), as well as on 100.9 FM and 13WMVO, with reports given on WNZR 90.9 FM and 93.7 The Super Q. All food and donations will be distributed through Interchurch Social Services and The Salvation Army to meet the needs of the community.

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