Broughton Ice Cream Social to fight hunger

MARIETTA – This year’s annual Broughton Ice Cream Social will combat hunger in more ways than one.

Proceeds from the all-you-can-eat ice cream extravaganza will help expand the Healthy Kids Appalachia hunger program and support the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank. Both initiatives are being spearheaded by the Hunger Solutions task force, which is a partnership of the Memorial Health System, Peoples Bank and Marietta College.

“We came together just over a year ago to see what we could to do eliminate hunger in Washington County and in the Mid-Ohio Valley. We’ve made some progress. There’s still more to do,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, president and CEO of Peoples Bank.

This year’s event will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 21 at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

One of the task force’s first major projects was starting the Healthy Kids Appalachia program, said Scott Cantley, Memorial Health System president and CEO.

“It’s not just about the immediate need but it’s about a more long-term education about nutrition,” he said.

The program started in January and offered a 12-week nutritional education course to 10 second-grade classrooms in Marietta City Schools.

The program was successful and the task force hopes the funds from the ice cream social will enable it to expand in Washington County and Wood County.

Additionally, the funds will be used to help the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank get more bang for its buck in purchasing food for local food banks.

“We want to help them get large quantities of food with a long shelf life at a cheaper rate,” said Sulerzyski.

Local food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens that register with the food bank would be able to use the discount food purchasing program, said Peoples Bank Executive Vice President Richard Stafford.

Eleven Washington County organizations are members of the food bank, he said.

This will be the 30th anniversary of the annual ice cream social, which is held during National Ice Cream Month in July, said Dave Broughton, sales operation manager of Broughton Foods in Marietta.

During the past 29 years, the fundraiser has raised more than $450,000 for 38 organizations.

As always, Broughton will donate all the ice cream, supplies and equipment for the event. The J.M. Smucker Co. will donate toppings for more than 10,000 sundaes and the Marietta Brewing Co. will brew the root beer used to make 5,000 floats.

Tickets are $3.50 in advance and $4 the day of the social.

Tickets are available at Broughton Foods Company, all Peoples Bank locations, Peoples News, Apex-True Value, We Luv Pets, Warrens IGA, Williamstown Auction Center, White Oak Pharmacy, Belpre Kroger, Newport IGA, Waterford Commercial Bank, Beverly Citizens Bank, B&W Pharmacy, Weber’s Grocery, Hurst Tractor Sales, Oopsa Daisy Florist, Guys and Gals, Community Action, Marietta Harbor, Courthouse Cafe, Dough Boyz Pizza, Huck’s Farm Market and Smitty’s Pizza.