By Linda Dillman
Feeding the hungry in a tight economy is a big task, but Canal Winchester Human Services is gearing up for the largest food drive of the year.
Human Services Program Coordinator Lisa Zurbriggen said the Canal Winchester Food Pantry is preparing for activities held in connection with Hunger Action Month.
“(Sept.) 19th and 20th is our big Football for Food event,” said Zurbriggen. “It is our largest food fundraiser. On the 19th, we’ll be collecting food gathered all week at Winchester Trail and Indian Trail. The next morning, we’ll be at the middle school and we’ll be collecting food at the gate at the high school that night. Last year we received a record food collection.”
According to the Human Services website, in 2012, almost 8,000 items were collected during the Pizza for Food campaign and the Football for Food collection netted nearly 8,000 items.
In exchange for a donation of canned or boxed food, household items (toilet paper, toothpaste, paper towels, etc.) or cash donation, patrons are admitted free to the Canal Winchester vs. Westerville South varsity football game on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Human Services’ Community Food Pantry serves people living in the Canal Winchester school district, Lithopolis, Carroll and underserved rural areas of Fairfield County. Clients are allowed to use the pantry twice a month and receive five days of food for each documented member of their household.
The pantry operates on an appointment-only basis, which are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-3 p.m., except on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month when it is open from 4-6 p.m. Although the pantry works in cooperation with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, contributions are always needed.
For information about the Canal Winchester Community Food Pantry or the Football for Food event, call 834-4700.