COTC and Ohio State Newark Look to Increase Donations to Operation Feed

During the month of March, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark will be working together to increase donations made by students, staff, faculty and friends of the campus to Operation Feed.

This year all food and monetary donations will support the COTC and Ohio State Newark student food pantry, Campus Corner. Launched in October of 2017, Campus Corner saw immediate results with 30 students utilizing the resource just in its first month of availability. Since the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year, the pantry has been utilized 118 times by students of COTC and Ohio State Newark distributing 1,200 food and personal care items.

COTC and Ohio State Newark have set this year's goal at 8,000 "food points." Donations made are given a point value. Cash is awarded the most points followed by food and household items deemed to be critical, priority, very important, important or needed by the campus food pantry.

"This year's goal is to raise 8,000 food points as we look to directly support those students on campus who are working hard toward their goals while experiencing food insecurity," said Justin Khol, assistant director of student life and Operation Feed chair. "Items of the highest need for our pantry, Campus Corner, include spaghetti sauce, canned fruits and shelf-stable or canned meats."

From March 4 - 29, food donations can be dropped in boxes located in each building on campus. Cash donations should be directed to Fees and Deposits in Hopewell Hall located at 1189 University Drive, Newark, Ohio.

Also, the campus and Newark community is invited to see who will triumph in a Students vs. Staff charity basketball game on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adena Hall gym to benefit the Operation Feed campaign. There is a $1 or canned food donation requested for entry to the charity game. 

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors. 

How You Can Help
March 4 - 29 : Bring personal care and nonperishable food items to campus during Operation Feed. Collection boxes will be in each campus building all month long.
March 5: Attend the student vs. staff charity basketball game at 6:30 p.m. in Adena Hall. Bring $1 or a canned food for entry.
Year-round: Drop off personal care and nonperishable food items in the Office of Student Life in the Warner Center, suite 226