RACINE — Over the past five-plus years, more than $40,000 and 20,000 non-perishable food items have been collected through Home National Bank’s Stop Hunger at Home program.
The funds raised and food collected stay in Meigs County, supporting the Meigs County Council on Aging and the Meigs County Cooperative Parrish.
Now, the bank is gearing up for one of the program’s main fundraising events — the annual Stop Hunger Games.
The games will take place on Thursday, March 9 at the Syracuse Community Center, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and games beginning at 6 p.m.
Since launching the program in October 2011, numerous events have been held, including Food for Food Fridays, holiday events, raffles and giveaways, dash for cash, family nights and the stop hunger games.
Sarah Hupp, who is one of the current organizers for the program, said that it is great to see the support from the local community and to hold events as a way to better serve the community.
“It’s nice to see the community involved and see the smiles and reactions of those involved,” said Hupp. The program helps with the hunger aspect, but also allows for family nights and people to take part in family fun.
There have been thousands of supporters during the five-plus years of the program, whether by donating a food item, making a cash donation, taking part in events such as the Stop Hunger Games, or simply being in attendance at one of the family night events.
While the events may vary, the goal of the program remains the same, making sure people go to be with a full stomach and not have to worry about what they will eat the next day, said Hupp.
Hupp said that individuals can make donations to the program at any time at either of the bank’s locations in Syracuse and Racine.
The Stop Hunger Games will feature prizes from The Pampered Chef, Alex and Ani and Thirty-One. In addition to the games, there will be an early-bird drawing, 50/50 drawing, raffles and door prizes. Those bringing a non-perishable food item will also be entered into a special drawing.
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