(Posted July 7, 2019)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Madison County Junior Fair Livestock Sale Committee is teaming up with Mid-Ohio Foodbank to help feed the hungry.
Following the livestock sale on July 13, the last day of the 2019 Madison County Fair, the eight to 10 hogs used for showman of showmen contests will be donated to the food bank. The organization serves 20 central Ohio counties, including Madison County.
“Protein is the No. 1 most requested item but the least donated,” said David Daniel, director of food resource development at Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
A couple of years ago, a member of the food bank’s board came up with the idea of partnering with county fairs. They started with Franklin County in 2017 and added Hartford County in 2018. Last year, the food bank received 99 donated animals which resulted in 10,000 pounds of meat.
“With the addition of Madison and Delaware counties this year, we hope to triple that amount,” Daniel said.
Madison County sale leaders are excited about the new partnership.
“I really feel strongly about this project. It is an awesome program,” said Amanda Bailey, secretary of the livestock sale committee.
In addition to the donated hogs, the committee is collecting monetary donations to present to the food bank. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so at the fair secretary’s office during fair week, at the livestock sale which starts at 9 a.m. July 13 and lasts most of the day, or anytime after the fair through July 31.
“We’ve gotten a lot of interest in it already,” Bailey said.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank covers the cost of transporting and processing the donated animals. They partner with Pickaway Correctional Institution in Orient, where inmates learn butchering skills in the prison’s USDA meat processing training facility.
The meat goes into the food bank’s inventory for distribution to organizations in central Ohio that serve people in need. In Madison County, Mid-Ohio Foodbank works with: the Good Samaritan Food Pantry, Jeffersonian Senior Center and Sufficient Grace in West Jefferson; Madison County Food Pantry, HELP House, Madison County Public Health, Food Thru Faith, Lifepointe Family Center, and Loving Kindness Kitchen in London; and the Mount Sterling Community Center and Barnyard Nest in Mount Sterling.
To learn more about the Madison County Fair’s Mid-Ohio Foodbank project or to make a donation, contact Amanda Bailey at (740) 506-3678.
The 2019 Madison County Fair runs July 7-13. The fairgrounds are located at 205 Elm St., London. For a full schedule of events, go to Fair Schedule.