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BIG LOTS Friends & Family Event Food Drive


Join us THIS WEEKEND, October 1 & 2,
for the Big Lots Friends & Family event FOOD DRIVE!
Bring your nonperishable items to any of the Big Lots locations below, and shop using this coupon!
All donations stay in Northwest Ohio and will make a difference in the lives of many!

Big Lots Donation Locations:

3946 West Alexis Rd., Toledo, OH 43623
3410 Glendale Rd., Toledo, OH 43614
4925 Jackman Rd., Toledo, OH 43613
1588 Spring Meadows Dr., Holland, OH 43528
818 South Main St., Bowling Green, OH 43402
3365 Navarre Ave., Oregon, OH 43616
1516 N.Clinton St., Defiance, OH 43512

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September is Hunger Action Month nationwide! This month we will stand together and raise awareness for hunger in our Northwest Ohio community.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 6 people (overall) and 1 in 4 children are at risk of hunger in Northwest Ohio.
  • 100 million pounds of food has been distributed by the Food Bank since our creation in 1984

We currently serve approximately 250 non-profit agencies in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood Counties.

Whether it’s by raising awareness, donating, or volunteering,
you can find the best way for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger in Northwest Ohio!


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The Great American Milk Drive


For the third September in a row, Kroger is hosting The Great American Milk Drive! This national drive unites food banks, grocery stores, and consumers, all working toward one common goal: providing much-needed gallons of milk with its vital nutrients to the families who need it most.

Currently, 1 in 6 people face hunger in Northwest Ohio, including 1 in 4 children. Because many people donate non-perishable items, milk is a hot commodity item that is often in short supply.

Now YOU can help provide a much needed item to our hungry neighbors. All donations toward this drive go toward providing milk vouchers to our local families in need.

Ways to Give


Visit milklife.com/give to donate!


Shop at your nearest Kroger store
and tell your cashier you would like to donate to The Great American Milk Drive!

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Feed the Eagles, Panthers & others in need…


The boys of fall are back as football season is nearing, and two teams are starting off the season with a little charitable giving!

The Maumee Panther’s v. Clay Eagle’s Jamboree Scrimmage is scheduled to be played on Friday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Maumee High School. In lieu of charging admission, the Maumee cheerleader’s will be taking donations to “Feed the Eagles and Panthers and the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.”

Half of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Toledo NWO Food Bank, and will be used to fight hunger in Northwest Ohio.

A big “THANK YOU” goes to Maumee Athletics for thinking of those in need during this coming football season!

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The Different Faces of Hunger


Consider the hundreds of faces you have seen throughout your lifetime and the hundreds more you will most likely see in the future. Were you able to recognize the faces of the individuals and families who were struggling, or have struggled with hunger? Your answer to this question is probably “no”, because as the 2014 Hunger Study will prove, hunger recognizes no bounds. Hunger can affect anyone including: working adults, seniors, the unemployed, the insured and uninsured, those with and without homes, etc.

Did You Know?

  • 12 percent of client households have no income, 38 percent have annual incomes of $1 to $10,000, and 33 percent have annual incomes of $10,001 to $20,000
  • 25 percent of client households have no members with health insurance of any kind
  • 68 percent of client households fall at or below 100 percent of the poverty level
  • 32 percent of households report choosing between paying for food and paying for
    school loans, tuition, or other educational expenses at least once in the past 12 months
  • 76 percent of all clients have attained a high school degree or General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or more
  • 63 percent of households report choosing between paying for food and paying for
    medicine or medical care at least once in the past 12 months
  • 56 percent of households report choosing between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage at least once in the past 12 months
  • 68 percent of households report choosing between paying for food and paying for transportation or gas for a car at least once in the past 12 months
  • 71 percent of households report choosing between paying for food and paying for
    utilities at least once in the past 12 months

This study tells the story of t
he thousands of men, women, and children, from all walks of life who struggle or have struggled to feed themselves and their families.
1 in 6 people throughout our 8 country service range is hungry, but that means 5 in 6 can help. As the need for food continues to grow, so must our efforts.


* Facts were gathered during the 2014 Hunger Study, a quadrennial study done by Feeding America to assess the hunger need of those living across the country and within our Food Bank’s service area.

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Feed Our Future


Imagine trying to fall asleep at the end of a long day, but the sound of your rumbling stomach keeps you awake as it yearns to be fed. Sadly, many Northwest Ohioians do not have to imagine this, as this is their reality.

The summer months are busy months for our member agencies, as children are home for the summer and are no longer receiving daily school breakfasts and lunches. Within our 8 county service area, one in six people overall are hungry, but that translates to one in four children. Food insecurity not only affects a child’s short-term health, but can have many long-term health effects as well.

Child hunger is a health problem

  • Hungry children are sick more often, and more likely to be hospitalized.
  • Hungry children suffer growth impairment that precludes them reaching their full physical potential.
  • Hungry children incur developmental impairments that limit their physical, intellectual, and emotional development.

Child hunger is an educational problem

  • Hungry children ages 0-3 years cannot learn as much, as fast, or as well because chronic under nutrition and toxic stress harm their cognitive development during this critical period of rapid brain growth. This actually changes the fundamental neurological architecture of the brain and central nervous system.
  • Hungry children do poorly in school and have lower academic achievement because they are not well prepared for school and cannot concentrate.
  • Hungry children have more social and behavioral problems because they feel unwell, have less energy for complex social interactions, and cannot adapt as effectively to environmental stresses.

Child hunger is a workforce and job readiness problem

  • Workers who experienced hunger as children are not as well prepared physically, mentally, emotionally or socially to perform effectively in the contemporary workforce.
  • Workers who experienced hunger as children create a workforce pool that is less competitive, with lower levels of educational and technical skills, and seriously constrained human capital.

As the need for food in the community continues to grow, the time to give is now.
For every dollar you donate, the Food Bank can turn that money into four meals.

Make a difference in the lives of many today;
feed our children, and feed our future today.


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Support the Food Bank by Shopping at Kroger!


Have you enrolled for the new year of
Kroger Community Rewards?

Kroger is making it even easier to support the Food Bank. Simply enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, and every time you use your Kroger Plus Card, a portion of sales goes directly toward fighting hunger in Northwest Ohio!

Participants must re-enroll each year in order to continue contributing to the Food Bank organization. This rewards program year started May 1st 2016 and will end April 30th 2017, but it is not too late!

To enroll or re-enroll, simply go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com

  • Click “sign-in” and sign in with your email address and password
  • If you are enrolling for the first time, click “enroll now”
  • If you are re-enrolling, click on you name at the top right, and scroll to the bottom of the page for “community rewards”
  • Type in “Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank” in the search bar
  • Make sure you select the correct organization
  • Click Enroll!

Thank you for supporting the initiative of the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank!

If you have any questions, please contact 419-242-5000 or your nearest Kroger store.

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Need for Food Continues to Grow


Imagine a week when hardships leave you unable to provide enough food to feed your young family of four. Imagine being forced to make the tough decision between paying your electricity bill and purchasing food, or paying the mortgage bill and feeding your family. Maybe you don’t have to imagine this; maybe this has been or is you…

The Food Research and Action Center (FAC) released a report yesterday (June 30, 2016) that found more than one in six Ohioans answered yes to the question, “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” This report found Ohio 13th in the country for worst food hardship rates in 2015, rising from 19th in 2014. What is worse, Ohio is the only state in the Midwest ranked in the top 20.

Toledo ranks in the top 3 of Ohio’s 7 major cities, below Youngstown and Dayton, as a high food hardship city. Just in Northwest Ohio alone, one in six adults and one four children do not receive adequate food to live a healthy life.

The need for food is stronger now more than ever, as the food hardship in our community continues to grow. One in six adults is food insecure, but that also means one in five can help make a difference in the lives of many today. Your pocket change will change someone’s life, as we turn every dollar into four meals.

Donate today: https://toledonwohiofoodbank.networkforgood.com/projects/12831-toledo-northwestern-ohio-food-bank

Read the full report: http://frac.org/pdf/food-hardship-2016.pdf

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13abc – Hope For The Hungry Food Drive

The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank is honored to be the beneficiary for 13abc’s Hope for the Hungry Food Drive again this year.

Join us with our partners 13abc, and Dave White Chevrolet in the fight against hunger in Northwest Ohio by donating your non-perishable items now through June 26, 2016. Cash donations are accepted!

For more info, visit: http://www.toledofoodbank.org/13abc-hope-for-the-hunger-food-drive/


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ShareCorps-Toledo Food Bank Summer Associate

The Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank is seeking a candidate to facilitates summer meals program for children in low-income families. This candidate will help us strengthen our community outreach through hunger awareness and provide a safe and secure environment for children to come and eat and socialize.

This summer program will start on 6/6/2016 and end on 8/12/2016. Candidate selection will be by 5/9/2016.

For more program information and to apply visit my.americorps.gov.

Contact 419-242-5000 x 216 with questions as well.

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Annual Motown Dinner & Dance Cruise on The Detroit Princess Riverboat

Adventurous Travels Presents

Annual Motown Dinner & Dance Cruise on The Detroit Princess Riverboat

Saturday, July 16, 2016
Boarding at 6:00pm | Cruising from 7:00-9:30pm

Includes LIVE Motown Entertainment, All-You-Can-Eat Dinner Buffet and Vendors On-board.

Buy Tickets Online @ eventbrite

Buy Paper Tickets  – Locations: 

Jack’s Men’s Wear
3414 Dorr St., #1, Toledo, Ohio 43607

Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
24 E Woodruff Ave, Toledo, OH 43604

For  additional information and to purchase round trip transportation, contact:
Donnetta Carter, Event Planner at 419-367-9765

Portion of the Proceeds to Benefit Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank

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Hold a SOUPER BOWL food drive and help us TACKLE hunger.


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The Big Game comes once a year, but tackling hunger is an everyday issue at the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank. That’s why we’re asking you to help us tackle hunger by hosting a Souper Bowl food drive from January 18 – February 7 – the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl game.

Participation is easy, simply follow the playbook below and help make a difference in your community. One canned good or one dollar per person can make a huge difference—with just $1 the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank can provide 4 meals.

Once collections are made, donations can be delivered to the Food Bank, or we can schedule a pick up. For more information on hosting a food drive, or to schedule a pick up, contact Jessi Averill at 419.242.5000 ext. 216.


2016 Souper Bowl Playbook:

  • DRAFT players to your roster.
  • TACKLE hunger by bringing canned goods and other non-perishables to your Super Bowl party, classroom, or youth group event.
  • SCORE more by donating $1 and help TNOWFB provide 4 meals.
  • HUDDLE up and take a SNAP. Share photos of your food drive on Facebook and Twitter using #TNWOFBSouperBowl.
  • Become a CHAMPION in your community by helping us get one yard closer to beating the fight against hunger.

tackle hunger


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Zoup! is making National Soup Month matter

Zoup!, a national soup and sandwich chain, and Feeding America want to make National Soup Month (January) matter. To help do your part, stop by your local store, located in Toledo and Maumee, to make a $3 donation.

The donation will be split 50/50 between Feeding America and the Toledo Northwest Ohio Food Bank.

Plus, you’ll receive a coupon for a free cup of soup, good for 30 days any time after 3:00 p.m.

Zoup! locations:

4204 W. Sylvania Ave, Toledo

310 W. Dussel Dr, Maumee.




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Hearts of Fire – Feed the Desire Valentine’s Dinner and Dance

Join us for a night of Mardi Gras themed fun (and yes, masks are encouraged,) for our annual Hearts of Fire – Feed the Desire Valentine’s Dinner and Dance on Saturday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the Park Inn by Radisson.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your loved one, tickets are still available for just $60 each, or $500 for a table of 10. Ticket price includes dinner, live entertainment provided by Byron in Motion, a silent auction, and a cash bar.

Plus, the added benefit of knowing you’re helping the Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank continue our fight against hunger.

To purchase tickets visit, www.toledofoodbank.org.

We hope to see you there!

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Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If interested in becoming a sponsor at this year’s event, download the sponsorship packet here. HOF 2016 sponsorship info

The Park Inn by Radisson is offering discounted hotel room rates of just $89 with promo code TONOF. www.parkinn.com/toledooh

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Give A Meal with Bank of America and Feeding America

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Now through the end of the year, donate just $1 to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank through Feeding America’s Give A Meal campaign and Bank of America will match your donation with $2 more.

That means, your one dollar donation, now becomes $3 and helps us provide 12 meals!

Bank of America will match your donation up to $1,000; so, feel free to donate what you’re comfortable with. Whether it’s $1 or $1,000, every dollar counts.

And, every dollar will go directly to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, as all proceeds – 100 percent of donations – made through Give A Meal will be distributed to the food bank thanks to Bank of America covering operating costs for the program.

To donate, simply, visit the Give A Meal webpage by following this link (or by clicking the donate now button below,) decide on your donation amount, enter your zip code to select the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank as the beneficiary, and enter your payment information.

Just like that, you’ve helped us continue our fight to end hunger in our community.


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