Hunger Solutions Taskforce to benefit from annual Ice Cream Social

broughton-iceBroughton Foods, along with Marietta College, Peoples Bank and Marietta Memorial Hospital, announced today the proceeds from this year’s annual Ice Cream Social will benefit the Hunger Solutions Taskforce.

Broughton’s Ice Cream Social, which has been hosting this community event every years since 1984, will be held from 2-6 p.m., Sunday, July 21, at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

“We are fortunate that Broughton Foods has selected the Hunger Solutions project as the beneficiary of this year’s Ice Cream Social,” said President Joseph W. Bruno. “My wife, Diane, and I will be there serving ice cream on July 21 and we are encouraging all of Marietta College’s employees to do the same.”

The Hunger Solutions Task Force is a partnership involving the College, Peoples Bank and Marietta Memorial Hospital. The mission is to reduce hunger in the Mid-Ohio Valley and ensure access to nutritional food by providing direct food assistance, education, and long-term solutions to prevent hunger.

Arielle Jennings, Director of Civic Engagement, said the plan is to raise awareness and help eliminate hunger in our region through a project known as “Healthy Kids Appalachia." Peoples Bank and Marietta Memorial have each donated $6,000 to get the initiative started. The project began in January in 10 second-grade classrooms and took place over a 12-week period.

Ten Marietta College students were trained as “Food Educators” and assisted elementary school teachers in implementing the program, which includes purchasing and organizing food and other supplies, managing volunteers, communicating with the schools and teachers and evaluating the program.

Looking ahead, the task force plans to include additional elementary schools in Washington and Wood counties with students from Washington State Community College and West Virginia University-Parkersburg serving as the Food Educators.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $3.50 at Broughton Foods Co., Peoples Bank and other area businesses. Tickets are $4 the day of the social. Activities at the social are family oriented. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment.

More than 50 Broughton employees, more than 100 members of local service organizations and volunteers from Peoples Bank, Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta College and local food banks will assist in the various duties required to make the event a success.

Broughton Foods donates all of the ice cream and drinks, along with necessary supplies and equipment, which means all donations go directly to the Hunger Solution programs. J.M Smucker Co. will donate the toppings for more than 10,000 sundaes, while the Marietta Brewing Co. will supply the locally brewed root beer to be used in more than 5,000 floats.