Volunteers and neighborhood food pantries of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati will now provide an additional 12,000 meals this summer for the area’s struggling families. This is due to the Strike Out Hunger Food Drive.
During last weekend’s series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies, you may have noticed some collection barrels on the GABP site. That was due to the combined efforts of the Reds, St. Vincent de Paul and WLWT in an effort to Strike Out Hunger.
Reds fans who donated two non-perishable food items while attending either the June 7 or June 8 games at Great American Ballpark received a ticket to a future Reds game, courtesy of the The Cincinnati Reds Community Fund. When all was said and done for 2013, the drive collected 15,600 pounds of food.
Liz Carter, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati, had this to say about the campaign.
“We are tremendously grateful to The Reds, WLWT and Reds’ fans for supporting this year’s drive. Many hungry families will have food this summer because of them.”
Not only can Reds fans can make Joey Votto the Face of the MLB, they willingly help their fellow fans.
Last year, St. Vincent de Paul provided food to more than 100,000 people. Did you know that half of that assistance was given to families with children? It’s true.
The food is provided through a network of neighborhood food pantries and more than 900 parish-based volunteers who visit the homes of struggling families in the their own communities to give assistance and hope.
For more information about donating or volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul, please contact 513-562-8841, ext. 220 or visit SVDPcincinnati.org.