Help us "Strike Out Hunger" with the Cincinnati Reds!
St. Vincent de Paul, the Cincinnati Reds, WLWT and 700WLW are partnering to “Strike Out Hunger” across Greater Cincinnati by hosting a food donation drive when the Reds play the Washington Nationals on Friday, May 31 (7:10 p.m.) and Saturday, June 1 (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) until 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday receive a free ticket to an upcoming Reds game (Friday, June 14, vs. the Texas Rangers; Sunday, July 7, vs. the Cleveland Indians; or Monday, August 5, vs. the Los Angeles Angels), limit one ticket per person.
Donation barrels are located outside the ballpark’s main entrance on Crosley Terrace, as well as on Joe Nuxhall Way outside of the entrance to the Reds Hall of Fame.
“Summer is a critical time for struggling families,” says St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director Mike Dunn. “When schools are out, too many families must choose between buying groceries and paying their rent. This drive helps keep our food pantries stocked so families don’t have to make that choice.”
This is the 13th year the Reds and St. Vincent de Paul have partnered to “Strike Out Hunger.” Thanks to the generosity of Reds fans in 2018, St. Vincent de Paul collected more than three tons of food, enough to provide 5,300 meals to struggling families in Cincinnati. St. Vincent de Paul operates food pantries throughout Cincinnati, including the Edyth and Carl Lindner Choice Food Pantry in the West End and 11 neighborhood-based pantries.
These donations help meet the increased need for food donations in the summer.