NEWARK, Ohio, February 20, 2017 – During the month of March, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark are working together to double their 2016 goal for donations made by students, staff, faculty and friends of the campus to Operation Feed.
The Operation Feed campaign generates approximately 10 percent of the food and 30 percent of the funding needed annually for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. Last year, the food pantry served over 1.4 million meals to 330,000 individuals and 65,000 families in Licking County.
COTC and Ohio State Newark have set this year's goal at 10,000 'food points'. Donations made are given a point value. Cash is awarded the most points followed by food and household items deemed to be priority, critical, important or needed by the food pantry.
"Our campus is hoping to do its part in Operation Feed because of the impact that this particular drive has on the community," said Justin Khol, coordinator of student involvement and Operation Feed chair. "Some of our own students benefit from the food pantry's services as well."
From March 1 -31, food donations can be dropped in boxes located in each building on campus. During normal business hours, cash donations should be directed to the Fees and Deposits office, Hopewell Hall #136, 1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055.
As a campaign kick-off, a COTC and Ohio State Newark student team will defend their 2016 title at the annual Supermarket Sweep on March 4 at noon in the Indian Mound Mall. Students Beth Beattey and Hunter Spittler took home the first place shopping cart trophy in 2016 in a tie-breaking stack-off. They will be joined by a team of staff members to start earning points for COTC and Ohio State Newark and inspire others on campus to donate.
Also, the campus and Newark community is invited to see who will triumph in a Students vs. Staff charity basketball game on March 7 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.