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Pig Out for Harvest: Food pantry announces two fundraising events

Harvest for the Hungry will be celebrating National Pig Day with a fundraiser on Sunday, March 1.

A soup and grilled cheese event will take place at First United Methodist Church, located at 101 N. Fifth St. in Ironton.

Lois Terkhorn, a volunteer for the pantry, said they have done the event in past years.

She said, after speaking with Harvest director Diane Porter, she learned that the event fell on National Pig Day.

“I said, ‘That’s perfect,’” Terkhorn said. “And that’s how I became the pantry pig.”

Turkhorn wears the pig costume at many of Harvest’s events in the community, such as their annual silent auction and a fall festival.

“And I’ve worn it to church to remind people,” she said.

She said everyone is invited to attend the fundraiser for a suggested donation of $3.50. It will run from noon until 2 p.m.

She said another fundraiser is scheduled for March 22 at First Presbyterian Church, with a concert by Kelly’s Bridge.

The pantry serves thousands of people in the region, distributing food year round to those who signup and meet income qualifications.

They operate on donations from the community, as well as through funds received from grants.

At Thanksgiving, they host a major effort to provide a full meal package to families.

Donations to the pantry can be sent via Terkhorn at 1747 Kevin St., Ironton, OH 45638 or directly to the pantry at Harvest for the Hungry, 120 N. Fifth St., Ironton, OH 45638.