First lady to take part in ‘Feed Ohio’ campaign

COLUMBUS – Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich and the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives will join community and faith-based organizations from across Ohio to support Feed Ohio, a statewide food and personal care items drive benefiting low income families. The campaign commences August 23 and continues through September 13, and will include activities on September 11, a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

“Ohio’s food banks and food pantries are an enormous resource for Ohio children who are at risk of hunger, and their ability to serve depends in large part on the generosity of Ohioans,” said First Lady Kasich. “This campaign is about lending a helping hand to our neighbors in need of assistance. I am proud to be a part of this community-led effort to support the most vulnerable citizens of our state.”

All donations received will remain local. For the duration of the campaign, volunteers from faith and community groups will be dropping off information door-to-door in neighborhoods throughout Ohio. Volunteers will encourage their neighbors to make a donation of shelf-stable food products and personal care items that will be collected by a volunteer or delivered to designated drop-off points within their respective communities.

“Along with fellow members of the faith and service communities in Ohio, we believe in the importance of reaching out to those in need,” said Dr. D. Bradley Welling, president of the Columbus, Ohio Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. “We look forward to working with the First Lady and volunteers throughout the state to make a difference for those struggling with hunger.”

Donations raised through the Feed Ohio campaign will benefit the food banks and food pantries of the community where they are collected. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.feedohio.org.