MOUNT VERNON- Local media outlets will join together this weekend for the 33rd annual Food For The Hungry (FFTH) drive, to benefit The Salvation Army and Interchurch Social Services. A live broadcast of all the day’s events begins Saturday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. on Good Times Great Oldies 13WMVO Radio and Time Warner Cable channel 9. The broadcast will originate from Mount Vernon City Hall. This year’s broadcast will also be streamed live at www.FoodForTheHungryCares.org.
Local media personalities Marcy Rinehart of WNZR, along with Laura Chase, Sara Lynn and Curtis Newland of Good Times Great Oldies 13WMVO/The Super Q 93.7 WQIO and Marty Trese of KnoxPages.com will serve as hosts for the event. I-CONN Video Production, the Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) Department of Communication, Wayne Bower and Time Warner Cable are donating broadcast production and technical support.
This year’s broadcast, as always, will feature several community members and organizations presenting their contributions to the drive. A number of Knox County elementary, middle, and high school collection winners will be also recognized.
At 10:15 a.m., MVNU will present the annual Stephen Zelkowitz Memorial Award, which honors service to the FFTH drive. This year’s recipient is Matt Starr.
The 12th annual Food for the Hungry Shopping Cart Derby will start at 10:45 a.m. Teams from Time Warner Cable, Mount Vernon News, WNZR and 13WMVO/ Super Q 93.7 WQIO will start from opposite ends of the city and push a shopping cart towards the Public Square. The progress of the derby will be reported on all broadcast media.
At 12:00 p.m., a series of short cooking videos with Executive Chef Paul Higgins, produced by MVNU students and I-CONN, will highlight easy recipes with some of the top 10 food pantry items. Viewers will also see a tribute to Gordy Yance, recipient of this year’s William Stroud Award for community service from Kenyon College. The Knox County Career Center auction of goods and services will begin just after 1:00 p.m., with Jerry Scott serving as auctioneer.
Radio stations providing updates throughout the day from City Hall include WNZR 90.9 FM and Super Q 93.7 WQIO.
For more information about this year’s drive or to donate online, log on to www.FoodForTheHungryCares.org