Help fight hunger in central Ohio

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Meeting the need of everyday life can be a struggle for some, like simply buying food. One in four children in our community don’t know where their next meal will come from.

Toni Hines is a 23 year old college student. She works a full time job, and like most young adults, lives on a tight income. When she discovered Mid Ohio Foodbank and its Kroger Pantry her life changed and so have her eating habits.

“Life’s going to happen I’m going to have to learn how to maintain my health,” said Hines.

Hines once weighted 300 pounds, since shopping at the community pantry, buying fresh fruits and vegetables, she was about to lose 90 pounds with in a year. Her health eating habits are rubbing off on her family.

“One time I went to the produce and I got two cases of grapes. And all the grapes were gone within a week or so which was perfect. So when they have a better options in front of them they’ll get that instead of going to the corner store and spending one or two dollars on chips,” Hines said.

“You know Toni is such an inspiration really to us. We know that last year middle Ohio food bank distribute about 66,000,000 pounds of food that’s enough for 150,000 meals every single day. Half of that food now is coming from the farms it’s fresh foods,” said Marylin Tomasi, with the Mid Ohio Foodbank.

The pantry has made such a positive impact on Toni’s life — she is now able to share that with others.

We want you to join us in fighting hunger in Central Ohio. Become part of 4’s army by contributing to our food drive tomorrow. It’s from 8 a-m to 1 p-m at our studios here on Olentangy River Road.

We’re collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Mid Ohio Foodbank. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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