MOUNT VERNON — Unofficial totals for Food For The Hungry’s annual food drive show $210,028.27 and 18.7 truckloads of food collected as of Monday to fight hunger in Knox County.

The Memorial Building in Mount Vernon was a hive of activity Saturday as volunteers hustled to get donations in from 22 collection points around the county. Donations of food and money from schools, corporations and other donors were tallied.

The monetary donations were able to support 28 grants totalling $42,500 to county agencies, projects and dood pantries that aid in food assistance. That number was well above 2018’s grants, which funneled 19 grants totalling $30,500 to county food assistance projects.

The 2019 totals are below 2018’s collections of $251,208 26 truckloads of food.

FFTH Coordinator Lisa Mazzari said she is confident that once all the numbers are in, the 2019 goal of $225,000 will be met.

“It will certainly continue to climb,” Mazzari said. “There are still some outstanding numbers we don’t have yet.”

Mazzari said the total is usually counted after Jan. 1. Until then, donations can still be made in person to WRP CPAs, by visiting the FFTH website or calling 740-481-2444.

The Kenyon Snowflake Gala was a big success again this year, raising $90,000 and collecting 20 boxes of food. Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s many programs and collaborations raised $4,828.88.

Elemetary school drives also did well this year, going past last year’s totals.

The Greater Knox County Elementary school collection involved Centerburg, Danville, East Knox and Fredericktown schools and saw $4,165 and 2,782 food items – that is 2.29 truckloads of food collected. Last year, the schools brought in $3,366 and 1,351 food items.

The Central Knox County Elementary school collection was $5,107.78 and 6,346 food items. Though monetary donations were slightly lower than 2018’s $5,167.69, the food donations were almost 1,800 higher than last year’s total of 4,743 food items.

Community efforts included the public library’s Food For Fines which brought in $72 and 3,200 food items. The Fredericktown Christmas walk auction brought in $2,582; complete totals for the Christmas walk were not yet available Monday.

PraiseStock 2019 raised $1,500.

Totals for efforts in Danville, including a wreath silent auction that brought in $585 last year, also were not available Monday. Centerburg’s efforts, including collections and a wreath auction, were reported at $2,106.51 and 1,603 food items.

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