Hunger Challenge 2017
WKSU welcomes representatives from area food banks to speak about the work their organizations do as part of the station’s 21st Annual Hunger Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 29. This unique day of public radio fundraising allows WKSU donors to choose meals instead of mugs as their thank you gift for being a WKSU member. An equivalent cash value will then go to a partner food bank based on the donor’s zip code.
During the day, listeners will hear from people involved in the battle against food insecurity, including those fighting on the front lines and the hungry people who are served by their work.
WKSU Executive Director and General Manager Wendy Turner says, “This is a very important day for WKSU. For more than two decades, we have transformed a day of year-end fundraising for the station into a public service event. As a public radio news source, it’s important for WKSU to inform listeners about difficult community issues – and hunger affects tens of thousands of people throughout Northeast Ohio.”
ACRF President and CEO Daniel Flowers says, “One in seven individuals in our service area is food insecure. This number rises to one in five when we are talking about children. This troubling situation can lead people to make poor food choices out of desperation, or simply go hungry. WKSU’s Hunger Challenge allows ACRF and the other food banks to showcase the effects of hunger and the solutions we are all working toward. We are glad to once again participate in this event.”
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WKSU's Hunger Challenge Food Bank Partners for 2017: the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (AkronCantonFoodbank.org), the Greater Cleveland Food Bank (GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org) and the Campus Kitchen at Kent State University (kent.edu/oeece/campus-kitchen). See the Food Bank Fact Sheet PDF at the bottom of this page for more information.
And, additional sponsor AxessPointe Community Health Centers.