On Thursday, July 25, Ohio fairgoers came together and collected 15,162 pounds of food during Kroger Feeds Ohio Day at the Ohio State Fair to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
All donated food will benefit the many central Ohioans who go hungry every day. The Mid-Ohio Foodbank will provide that to partner pantries in 20 Ohio counties and it comes at a critical time, when school is out and many are struggling to make ends meet.
“The support of the Ohio State Fair and Kroger has been tremendous,” said Mid-Ohio Foodbank President & CEO Matt Habash. “This promotion gave folks a chance to visit the fair at a great price, but it also allows many struggling families to put nourishing meals on the table and help us achieve our vision of a hunger-free and healthier community.”
The Ohio State Fair is proud to host events that help provide assistance to those in need. By comparison, this is nearly double the 8,500 pounds of foods fairgoers donated at the Fair’s first food drive in 2011.
In addition to the generous donations from fairgoers, Ohio egg farmers have stepped up to make an impact in the fight against hunger. For the fourth year, the Ohio Poultry Association will donate one dozen eggs to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for every kid’s meal that is purchased at the poultry booth in the Taste of Ohio Café.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides food to hundreds of thousands of our hungry neighbors each year by partnering with more than 550 emergency feeding sites across central and eastern Ohio. Since 1980, the Foodbank has joined food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers, and after-school programs to make food accessible to those in our communities who are hungry. Over the past 12 months, the Foodbank has distributed 48 million pounds of food enabling its partner charities to provide more than 107,000 meals every day. For more information or to donate, visit www.midohiofoodbank.org.