MOUNT VERNON- Local media outlets will join together this weekend for the 34th 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. 12 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 Sara Lynn and Curtis Newland of WMVO/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 in the 11 a.m. hour.
At 3:05 p.m., MVNU will present the annual Stephen Zelkowitz Memorial Award, which honors service to the FFTH drive. This year’s recipients are Patrick and Sandy Rhoton.
The 13th annual Food for the Hungry Shopping Cart Derby will start at 1:05 p.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. They will then take part in the first-ever Food For The Hungry Games around 2:05 p.m. in front of City Hall.
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 crock pot recipes with some of the top 10 food pantry items. Viewers will also see features about the Salvation Army Learning Zone, the Knox County Gleaning Project, plus a tribute to Marsha Rinehart, 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 12:30 p.m., with Jerry Scott and John Ruckman serving as auctioneers.