A local campaign is kicking off to stamp out hunger in Muskingum County.
Members of Operation Feed gathered at the Zanesville Civic League for a lunch meeting and collected cash donations and non-perishable food. Carol Morgan with the Muskingum County Center for Seniors hopes they can give hunger the boot in 2010.
"The hunger problem with Muskingum County is a big problem and as I stated, the economy for one thing in 2009, they said they added another 1,785 families to be zoned to be let into the pantries," says Morgan.
The monetary donations will be used to purchase food from the Mid-Ohio Food Bank to make a three day supply of meals for needy families. The campaign goal is to raise 175,000 meals. The food will be divided among the seventeen Muskingum County Hunger Network pantries.
"There are a total of 17 pantries for hot meal programs, they work very hard at providing food for people in the community and this is what Operation Feed is all about, getting that food in so the pantries can provide hot meals for families and people," says Morgan.
Instead of donating food, Morgan says cash donations are more useful. Operation Feed is also looking for volunteers to sort food collected during the food drive. If you want to get involved contact Morgan at 454-9761.