CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in cooperation with Kroger and FOX19 will be hosting the 'Food From The Heart' campaign today.
Kroger and Miller Poultry will be donated over 13,000 pounds of chicken drumsticks and smoked sausage to St. Vincent de Paul.
Since the annual holiday drive began 23 years ago, over 1 million pounds of food or more than 400,000 meals have been collected and distributed to local families in need.
The holiday food drive will run through December 31, 2013 with donations of non-perishable items being collected at all Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Kroger locations.
The items collected will be distributed to families in need by St. Vincent de Paul volunteers in neighborhoods across the Tri-State throughout the holiday season.
Cash donations to support St. Vincent de Paul can also be made at checkout coin boxes at all participating Kroger stores for the duration of the campaign.
In the communities surrounding participating stores, there are close to 300,000 people living below the poverty level, including more than 100,000 children.
A $1 donation will provide 7 meals for these families. This year's goal is 70,000 pounds or 219 barrels of food, which would provide more than 56,000 meals.
Three ways to donate:
- Purchase non-perishable food items and drop them in the food collection barrels located at the store entrances or at the checkout.
- Drop a cash donation in the donation boxes at the check out counters at all Kroger stores – look for the clear plastic boxes with St. Vincent de Paul's blue logo.
- Make a donation online by following this link.
St. Vincent de Paul serves local families in neighborhoods across the Tri-State. As a result, the food donated is quickly distributed in the neighborhoods where it is collected.