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The Heart of Hamilton County: A Great Success

The Heart of Hamilton County began as a suggestion from the Hamilton County Fair Board. Leadership thought that their fairgrounds would make a great food access point, and they were right! In four months, the program has recovered and redistributed more than 15 tons of wholesome, surplus food to more than 1000 families.

What is the Heart of Hamilton County?

Hamilton County ReSource began considering how to set up a food distribution site in 2022. In partnership with the Cincinnati Health Department, those considerations blossomed into the Heart of Hamilton County event. It was always the intent of Cincinnati Public Health and Hamilton County ReSource to find a partner agency to continue operating the food distribution. In 2024, that agency will be Love in Action. Their vision is to bring greater consistency and access to the distribution.

The Cincinnati Health Department and Hamilton County ReSource will continue to provide support and bring educational resources to future events. Love in Action will take on operation and leadership in partnership with the Hamilton County Fair. We are all looking forward to an amazing 2024!

Special Thanks:

  • 1N5

  • Aetna

  • All Moms Empowered to Nurse - AMEN Cincy

  • AmeriHealth Caritas Ohio

  • CareSource

  • Chef Mike's Burning With Style Culinary Services, LLC

  • City of Cincinnati- Office of Environment and Sustainability

  • Cincinnati- Hamilton County Public Library

  • Cincinnati Health Department

  • Cincinnati Health Department- Healthy Communities Program

  • City of Cincinnati- Division of Fire Prevention

  • Council on Aging

  • Food for the Soul

  • Freestore Foodbank

  • Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

  • Green Umbrella

  • Hamilton County Fair Board

  • Hamilton County Public Health

  • Hamilton County ReSource

  • HCAN Adult Care Coordination Program

  • Humana

  • La Soupe

  • Last Mile Food Rescue

  • Love-In-Action

  • MoBo Bicycle Coop

  • Molina Healthcare of Ohio

  • OSU Extension, Hamilton County

  • Produce Perks

  • Society of St. Andrew

  • WIC

  • Xavier University College of Nursing

Curried Beef Wontons


  • 6 green onions

  • 1 med. sweet onion

  • 2 tablespoons of garlic (around 6 cloves)

  • 1 tablespoon of thyme

  • 2-4 tablespoons of curry powder (hot or mild optional)

  • ¼ tsp allspice

  • ¾ – 1 tsp black pepper

  • 2 tsp salt

  • ¼ cooking oil

  • ¾-1 cup white breadcrumbs

  • 1 pound of ground beef

  • Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce

  • 1 ½ - 2 cups of water or broth of choice 1 pack wonton wraps (round)


  1. Finely chop onion, green onions, garlic (a food processor may be used)

  2. Heat oil at medium/high. Add onion mix then salt. Cook stirring until fragrant. Lower heat to medium and cook until soft.

  3. Add spices, thyme, and Scotch Bonnet. Stir so it will not burn. Should be fragrant.

  4. Add beef, smash it down, and cook very well with the onion mix until cooked thoroughly. Taste and adjust for any preference add more curry or anything you like.

  5. Add breadcrumbs and stir well, keep stirring until well combined and drying out then add broth or water. Let it simmer, stirring until you have a nice consistency that holds together well enough to spoon, and let it cool.

    1. Note. If you do not use filling right away it may thicken and set up firmer. Just add a little water to bring back the preferred consistency.


To fill the Wanton:

  1. Take a small spoon and spoon the mix. Place it in the middle of the wanton.

  2. Have a dish of water or scramble 1 egg for washing to seal the wanton.

  3. Dip your fingers in the water or egg wash and run along one edge of wanton.

  4. Then fold over to meet the other side up.

  5. Squeeze down along the edge to seal. After that set it aside on a plate and cover it with a towel (dry).

  6. Heat oil in a skillet/ pan (1” of oil)

  7. Once heated to 325 degrees, drop wontons into skillet and cook until golden.

Curried Beef Wontons

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