For many years, the drive was guided by a partnership between local businesses known as the Legacy Partners. Representatives from these partners guide the Executive Director - a community member dedicated to coordinating the many community volunteers and activities that make this drive a success. Food For The Hungry is MANY EVENTS culminating into a one-day simulcast (broadcast on radio and streaming online)
Today, FFTH is governed by a Board of Directors chosen for their passion and dedicated to this noble cause. Our staff has grown to include an Executive Director and a Marketing Director as our outreach continues to grow.
Food For The Hungry began as a food and money drive on WMVO radio to benefit Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army in 1982. Longtime WMVO morning show host Charlie Kilkenny started the drive with the help of his wife, Carol, and businesses at the Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza (now the Kroger Plaza). Mount Vernon Cablevision joined in sponsoring the drive the next year. The drive grew into a partnership between the radio stations and other media (WNZR and Mount Vernon News) in 1995, and added Mount Vernon Nazarene University (who sponsored a basketball tournament) and the accounting services of Nelson & Nelson one year later.
Stephen W. Zelkowitz Memorial Award
The Zelkowitz Memorial Award is given each year during the Food For The Hungry drive to a citizen of Knox County who exemplifies the spirit of community service, especially in regards to Food For The Hungry. The award is given in memory of Stephen Zelkowitz, former president and general manager of Mount Vernon Broadcasting and president of Mount Vernon Cablevision. As a community leader in various charitable events, Stephen led the Food For The Hungry initiative in Knox County along with Charlie Kilkenny.
Joe and Marcy Rinehart
Corby Wise, Joshua Worster, Joshua Morrison
Bob Tiell and family
Roy and Glenda (in memory) Waldron (Bubbles and Banjo)
Patrick and Sandy Rhoton
Tim Hall and Don McDaniel
Dean and Audrey Spearman