Food drive aims to help feed local families

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Hunger is an issue hitting Northwest Ohio hard.

According to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, one in six people and one in four children are at risk of not having enough food in our community. 15.8% of people in Northwest Ohio do not have reliable access to enough nutritious food to lead healthy lives.

That's why 13abc, the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Dave White Chevrolet and Cedar Point are teaming up for another year of the Hope for the Hungry Food Drive.

The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank provides food and groceries to more than eight counties in Northwestern Ohio, including: Lucas, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams and Wood. The food bank has distributed more than 100,000,000 pounds of food since 1984. Last year, alone, the food bank provided more than 8.5 million meals.

Right now, you can donate non-perishable or canned goods to help feed families in Northwest Ohio. The food bank also helps provide non-food and personal care items, so those donations are also welcome. Even a donation of $1 helps by providing five meals to people in need in Northwest Ohio.

Anyone can help families in our community by dropping off donations at one of three locations between June 1 and June 22, 2018:
13abc
4247 Dorr St.
Toledo, Ohio 43607

Dave White Chevrolet
5880 Monroe St,
Sylvania, OH 43560

Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
24 East Woodruff Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604

There will also be a drive-thru donation event at Dave White Chevrolet on Friday, June 22. 13abc anchor and reporter Kristian Brown will host the event. It runs from Noon until 6:30pm. Donors who drive thru during the donation event will be able to enter to win tickets to Cedar Point. For contest rules, eligibility and specifics on the those tickets, click the "Cedar Point tickets" link on this page or go to http://www.13abc.com/content/misc/Hope-For-The-Hungry-Drive-Thru-Bash-Official-Rules-485565491.html

You can also give from the comfort of your own home through the Hope for the Hungry virtual food drive. Just click the "Virtual Food Drive" link on this page or go to https://www.fooddriveonline.org/toledofoodbank/index.php?c=42e1a271&c=42e1a271

For more information on ways to give, click the "Ways to Give" link on this page.