Stark County Hunger Task Force’s Stephanie Sweany, spoke to WHBC’s Gary Rivers on the final tally of dollars and food that was collected during this past month’s annual “Food Fight” challenge.
The Tigers battled the Bulldogs for a 24 to 14 victory Saturday on the field of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, while the fans from both schools combined for a win over hunger in the Food Fight.
The pre-game McKinley – Massillon Food Fight sponsored by WHBC and Mix 94.1 radio stations, brought in a total of 85,831 pounds of groceries to feed the hungry in Stark County through food and monetary donations. This is a new record and is a whopping 6,975 more pounds of food than the 2018 Food Fight.
In a friendly competition between the fans, Massillon captured honors in the seventh annual Food Fight bringing in 49,267 pounds of donations, beating out McKinley fans by 12,704 pounds.
All donations in the food fight went to Stark County Hunger Task Force and will be distributed through the organization’s network of more than 30 pantries throughout Stark County.
During this and the past seven annual Food Fights, the Pup and Tiger fans brought in more than 336,687 pounds of food to benefit their neighbors who struggle to put food on the table.
Washington Massillon High School received the traveling trophy (plaque) and bragging rights until the 2020 renewal of the rivalry. The winner is determined by the amount of food and monetary donations converted into pounds by officials from Stark County Hunger Task Force.
Every dollar donated provides seven pounds of food for the hungry and gained a seven pound credit for the school of choice in the competition.
Representatives from the Stark County Hunger Task Force, WHBC and Mix 94.1 announced the total collections and the winning school from the field of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium during the game Saturday.
Food and monetary donation were collected at the schools; Stark County Hunger Task Force offices; WHBC / Mix 94.1 radio stations and during Food Fight final rallies Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Massillon at 309 Lincoln Way W and Canton at 325 Cleveland Ave. NW.
Founded in 1981, Stark County Hunger Task Force at 408 9th St. SW, Canton, leads the battle against hunger in Stark County. Operating almost entirely on donations, SCHTF provides free groceries to over 31,000 individuals every month through more than 30 food pantries, “Backpacks for Kids” programs and an emergency pantry. For more information, call 330.455.6667 or visit SCHTF online at www.starkhunger.org.