NEWARK, Ohio, May 12, 2016 – The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) nearly doubled the goal set for the annual Operation Feed food donation drive on campus.
"Our goal was to collect 1,000 food items and donate at least 5,000 food points to Operation Feed," said Coordinator for Student Involvement Justin Khol. "I am pleased to say that we exceeded each of those goals. We were able to collect 1,910 food items, and our final tally for food points was 7,526."
Operation Feed is an annual effort that encourages businesses in the community to collect non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County during the month of March. Donation bins were set up around campus for students, faculty and staff to donate their items.
Those who participated this year came up with new and creative ways to collect donations. Departments on campus held friendly competitions to see which office could collect the most food, and some professors even asked students to bring food items to class.
"Without a doubt, I would say this was an extremely successful effort," said Khol. "We collected 65 boxes of food. Student Demerus Taylor (shown at right) was primarily responsible for gathering, boxing and tallying the items. We couldn't have done it without his efforts."
The Operation Feed kick-off event was a supermarket sweep held at the Indian Mound Mall. A student team from Ohio State Newark and COTC won the competition. Teams had to find 10 items on a grocery list in 60 seconds. There were 27 teams that participated in the event, and about $7,000 was raised.
"For many on our campus, this is personal. Many of our students use the services the Licking County Food Pantry provides. So it was really great to see the campus come out and support the effort. I'm really excited about how everyone on campus pitched in this year to help us reach our goal," said Khol. "It will be great to see what happens next year."
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.