How it All Began

Hunger is very real in Central Ohio. The traditional Thanksgiving meal isn’t possible for many families because they just can’t afford it. To help families in need in Columbus, a few Upper Arlington schools teamed up with After-School All-Stars in the fall of 2016. Together, they provided over 200 families with Thanksgiving Meals.

Tracy Ensign, ASAS Ohio Executive Director and former UA resident, knew from experience that the UA community would not let her down when she reached out to them. She enlisted the help from schools and local businesses to help collect food donations. “After living here for many years, I am not surprised by the generosity of the Upper Arlington community,” said Ms. Ensign. “They have always been supportive of many philanthropic causes. For this particular event, it really seemed to hit home that the All-Star families they were helping live just 8 miles away,” added Ms. Ensign.

Since then, ASAS Ohio has expanded it’s Thanksgiving Meal Drive to support All-Star families in both Columbus and Toledo. Our All-Star families are so appreciative of the outreach and generosity of the community.

If you or your company would like to support our Thanksgiving Meal Drive, please contact the ASAS staff member in your city:

Thanksgiving Meal Drive Flyer


2021 Thanksgiving Meal Drive Donors

Thank you to all of our 2021 Thanksgiving Meal Drive donors! Together, you helped provide Thanksgiving Meals for over 300 families in the ASAS Ohio program in Columbus and Toledo. On behalf of all of us at ASAS Ohio we thank you!

2021 Thanksgiving Meal Drive Donors

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