MOUNT VERNON — Food For The Hungry, in partnership with the Knox County Foundation, awarded $23,500 in emergency grants this week to assist those organizations and churches that are providing meals and food as they respond to increased needs during the COVID-19 crisis.


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Hot Meals Program

Meals are available in the following locations:

On Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish House, 100 E. High St., Mount Vernon.

On Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 102 N. Gay St., Mount Vernon

On Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 200 N. Main St., Mount Vernon

On Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Father’s Table, Mount Vernon First Naz Foster’s Ministry House, 723 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon.

On Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 206 E. Ohio Avenue, Mount Vernon

On Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 N. Gay St., Mount Vernon

On Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Seventh-Day Adventist School, 221 Sychar Road, Mount Vernon

In Fredericktown, the meals can be picked up on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th Mondays of the month at Fredericktown Senior Citizens Building, 2 East Sandusky Street, Fredericktown between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

On the fourth Monday, meals can be found at the Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church, 17 South Main Street, Fredericktown, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday’s at United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Road, Fredericktown between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

For more information contact 2-1-1 or the Knox Network of Christian Ministries on Facebook or

“It became very clear, very quickly, that Knox County residents were being impacted by directives from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19,” said Samantha Scoles, president of Food For The Hungry. “We wanted to make sure those working directly with the public to provide food and meals have additional financial resources as we examine the increased demands on their programs.”

At the same time, the Knox County Foundation began accepting emergency grant applications for essential services to Knox County residents. Cooperative conversations between Knox County Foundation and Food For The Hungry resulted in a desire to streamline requests for food initiatives through FFTH. To help aid that effort, the Knox County Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Food For The Hungry.

“During this difficult and uncertain time, it is crucial to collaborate and share resources as a community. For this reason, we are incredibly grateful to partner with Food For The Hungry to expand their grantmaking capacity to nonprofits providing food and nutrition assistance,” said Lisa Lloyd, program director for Knox County Foundation. “As Food For The Hungry focuses on this area, the foundation will then be able to focus its emergency fund grantmaking on organizations providing other services critical to Knox County residents during this trying time.”

The following grants were awarded based on their current levels of distribution:

•Covenant Church Food Pantry, $1,000;

•Say a Prayer Ministry, $500;

•Center of Hope, $500;

•The Salvation Army of Mount Vernon, $3,500;

•Interchurch Social Services of Knox County, $2,000 (of which $333.33 each to Danville, Fredericktown and Centerburg branches);

•First Presbyterian Church Hot Meals, $1,000;

•First Congregational United Methodist Church Hot Meals, $1,000;

•Father’s Table (First Church of the Nazarene) Hot Meals, $1,000;

•The Salvation Army Hot Meals, $1,000;

•Gay Street United Methodist Church Hot Meals, $1,000;

•Mount Vernon Seventh-day Adventist Hot Meals, $1,000;

•St. Paul’s Parish House Hot Meals, $1,000;

•Mount Vernon Chaplain’s Association, $5,000;

•Jacque Cordle Children’s Fund, $2,000; and

•Knox County Head Start, $2,000.

For more information on FFTH, visit For more information on the Knox County Foundation, visit


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