The Cincinnati Reds and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati are partnering to "Strike Out Hunger" locally by hosting a food donation drive when the Reds play the Washington Nationals on Friday, June 3 (7:10 p.m.) and Saturday, June 4 (4:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.
Fans who donate a minimum of three non-perishable food items from the time gates open (90 minutes before first pitch) through the 4th inning will receive a free ticket to an upcoming Reds game, limit one ticket per person.
Donation barrels will be located at Gate B (Gapper's Alley) on the third base side of the ballpark.
"This drive is so important for our pantry," said Mike Dunn, Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul. "During the summer months, we see more families who are struggling to feed children who are out of school. For a family who counts every dollar, buying those extra groceries may mean they may have to choose between feeding their families and paying their rent. By keeping our pantry stocked, they don't have to choose."
Thanks to the generosity of Reds fans at the 2015 Strike Out Hunger Food Drive, over 12,000 meals were provided to struggling families in Cincinnati.
St. Vincent de Paul operates many food pantries throughout Cincinnati, including the Edyth and Carl J. Lindner Choice Food Pantry in the West End, and eight neighborhood-based pantries. More than 900 parish-based volunteers visit the homes of struggling families in their own neighborhoods to provide basic necessities like food.
Please contact Reds Community Relations with any questions regarding the Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul at (513) 765-7018.