Ohio State Buckeyes coaches, administrator donating to Mid-Ohio Foodbank during COVID-19 crisis

Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith smiles as he talks to former coach Earle Bruce before a game against Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith smiles as he talks to former coach Earle Bruce before a game against Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith, football coach Ryan Day and men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann will combine to donate $175,000 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank's COVID-19 Emergency Fund, Ohio State University announced Tuesday.

“So many people in our community are struggling to feed their families right now,” said Smith in a press release. “Our families wanted to do something to support those who need help. By contributing to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, we know we can make a significant impact.”

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They will combine to donate $35,000 per month from April through August to help “the food bank acquire and distribute food and supplies to existing families in need while also addressing the increased demand from families recently impacted by the health crisis.”

“We understand that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and that it will take months for many of our struggling neighbors to recover,” said Mid-Ohio Foodbank CEO and President Matt Habash in a press release. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of these amazing families to be on this journey with us.”

Anyone interested in donating to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank can do so at www.midohiofoodbank.org/buckeyenation.

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