Fans encouraged to donate food to 'Strike Out Hunger' - June 20 & 21

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 on Friday, June 20 (7:10 p.m.) and Saturday, June 21 (4:10 p.m.) when the Reds take on the Toronto Blue Jays 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 5th inning will receive a free ticket voucher to an upcoming Reds game, limit one ticket per person.

Fans with a game ticket should bring donations to the Gapper's Alley Gate entrance on the third base side of the ballpark. Fans without a game ticket can make a donation at the barrels placed outside the gates on Crosley Terrace.

"Many visitors to our food pantries are asking for help for the first time. After making sacrifices to keep up with the cost of living, they simply have nowhere else to turn for food," said Liz Carter, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati. "During the summer months kids are not in school to receive school lunches and organizations like St. Vincent de Paul become even more vital sources of aid. Just last summer, St. Vincent de Paul food pantries experienced an emergency food shortage due to the influx of people and children in need."

Last year's drive collected over 15,600 pounds of food for families in need.

In 2013, St. Vincent de Paul provided food to more than 100,000 people in neighborhoods throughout Cincinnati, enough people to fill Great American Ball Park two and a half times.

For more information regarding the food drive, contact Reds Community Relations at (513) 765-7335. 

For more information about St. Vincent de Paul, visit www.SVDPcincinnati.org or call 513-421-HOPE (4673).

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