CFI Annual Buckeye Funder Campaign

Nov. 28, 2022

The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention's Annual Buckeye Funder Campaign of 2022 is now live! CFI was founded as a non-profit organization by Barbara Kowalcyk and Patricia Buck in 2006 to facilitate, encourage and promote research on food safety. Translate and communicate science and its implications for food safety to stakeholders. And work on behalf of consumers to implement a stronger, more science-based food system that prevents foodborne diseases.  

Every year we launch a campaign in honor of Kevin Kowalcyk, the son of Barbara Kowalcyk and grandson of Patricia Buck. He should be celebrating his 24th birthday on December 10th of this year but due to his passing in 2001 from a foodborne illness, at the age of 2½, he will not be.

Our campaign goal is set at $5,000 this year and all the dollars we raise will go to this cause! Tomorrow, November 29th is Giving Tuesday, consider contributing on this Global Day of Giving, to kick-off the giving season.

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Buckeye Funder 2022 CampaignRead more about Kevin's Story and the critical conversation that must be had about the challenges we must overcome to make food safe, secure, and sustainable for American families.


Through global leadership in food safety, real-world projects in decision science, and a mission to protect public health by preventing foodborne illness, CFI has an unwavering vision to effect positive social change. And we thank you for your support!


Happy Birthday, Kevin!