My Mother used to say things like, “If you have something, you have something to share.”
With eight kids to feed, my Mom often made magic stretching our food to fit the family. But if a neighbor was sick or someone in the family had troubles, she always found a way to bring them a little something; a casserole, a pie, or just a kid with a rake.
A little something can make a big difference. We saw that happen back in November on a pretty big scale – one that measured 1,100 pounds of food donated in one day.
It happened in Marietta. We went to the taping of the Lottery’s Cash Explosion Road to Riches show, held at the Marietta High School auditorium. (You can go to a show, too. There are live audiences at every taping.) We went because this show had a purpose beyond contestants winning cash prizes – we were collecting food for the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks. Turned out to be a great idea.
Audience members were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the show. Every person who showed up with a can or bag or box received an extra chance at audience prizes. The Second Harvest people helped out with the food collection. A lot of local Marietta residents helped, too.
And the audience brought the goods.
We heard all kinds of stories as we collected canned veggies and soup and mac-and-cheese and cereal: “I was leaving for the show, remembered, ran back into the house and ransacked my cupboards.” “We collected a whole bagful from the neighborhood and had it on the counter ready to grab on our way out the door.”
The point is you came through. Ohioans always come through. In addition to the 1,100 pounds of food donated on that one day in Marietta, Ohioans have donated nearly a thousand pounds at the Cash Explosion tapings in Columbus. Every morsel has been distributed to food banks in Ohio.
Cash Explosion will keep up the Facing Hunger campaign through May.
We just wanted to say how proud we are of everyone who helped and continues to donate food to the Facing Hunger campaign. If you want to learn more, go to http://www.oashf.org/ for a list of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food banks food banks we’re working with.
Please consider visiting a food bank near you and helping to fight hunger in your community. You can be sure that you’ll make a difference.