MOUNT VERNON — Local media outlets will join together this weekend for the 35th annual Food For the Hungry drive, to benefit The Salvation Army and Interchurch Social Services. 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 and Time Warner Cable channel 9. The broadcast will originate from Mount Vernon City Hall. This year’s broadcast will also be streamed live at the MVNU.TV website.
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. I-CONN Video Production, the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Department of Communication, Wayne Bower, J.R. Bonham and Time Warner 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. A number of Knox County elementary, middle, and high school collection winners will also be recognized.
At noon, the television broadcast will have features on the local Hot Meals program and The Salvation Army’s Crock Pot workshops. Viewers will also see a tribute to Ted and Ann Schnormeier, recipients of this year’s William Stroud Award for community service from Kenyon College. The Knox County Career Center auction of themed baskets will begin around 12:45 p.m., with Jerry Scott and John Ruckman serving as auctioneers.
The 14th annual Food for the Hungry Shopping Cart Derby will start around 1:05 p.m. Teams from Time Warner Cable, Mount Vernon News, WNZR and WMVO/The Super Q will start from opposite ends of the city and push a shopping cart towards the Public Square. They will then take part in the Food for the Hungry Games around 2:15 p.m. in front of City Hall.
At 3:10 p.m., MVNU will present the annual Stephen Zelkowitz Memorial Award, which honors service to the FFTH drive. This year’s recipient is John Feltman, principal at the Knox County Career Center.
Radio stations providing updates throughout the day from City Hall include WNZR 90.9 FM and 93.7 The Super Q.
For more information about this year’s drive or to donate online, log on to www.FoodForTheHungryCares.org.