‘Round Up Hunger’ campaign will fund 4,260 mealsWritten by Patrick Timmis | | email@example.com
The Toledo Free Press “Round Up Hunger” campaign wrapped up July 17, raising $5,975 for Feed Lucas County Children (FLCC). The money will go directly to FLCC’s meal fund and will provide more than 4,260 meals to the county’s hungry children.
The campaign has raised a great deal of awareness about FLCC’s cause, said the charity’s founder, Tony Siebeneck.
Siebeneck said representatives from Cumulus Broadcasting in Toledo recently visited the charity’s kitchen.
University of Toledo’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences has also gotten involved. Students from the college volunteered at FLCC’s kitchen, and the college afterward contacted Siebeneck to express interest in further helping FLCC.
“We’re very thankful,” Siebeneck said of the community’s support.
Walt Churchill’s Market was a key part of the campaign, asking customers if they would be willing to round purchases up to the next dollar as a donation to FLCC.
Walt Churchill, the stores’ owner, said one regular customer asked that his donation be rounded up $50.
“This is a critical time for people that are in need, and it’s nice to be able to share,” Churchill said. “You can’t do everything, but you do what you can.”
Mercy Children’s Hospital and Columbia Gas of Ohio were sponsors for the effort, and 13abc’s “Bridges” was a media partner.
“Toledo always steps up and supports great causes, especially an opportunity to help the youngest residents of our community,” said Chris Kozak, communications manager for Columbia Gas of Ohio.
FLCC and Toledo Free Press are in talks to repeat the “Round Up Hunger” drive in the coming holiday season.
“We are extremely grateful to Walt Churchill, Mercy, Columbia Gas, 13abc and every single donor who gave pennies, dimes or dollars,” said Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller. “We will continue the partnerships and work to offer constructive options for our community’s most vulnerable citizens.”