DECATUR– 13 years ago, gathering a million pounds of food during the WSOY Community Food Drive was unthinkable, fast forward to 2015 and at least that much is anticipated.
At a press conference Wednesday, Food Drive architect Brian Byers announced the goal this year for the event to be 1,040,000 pounds. The 12 hour food drive raised that much last year, making it the first year that the event raised over 1,000,000 pounds.
“As far as the agency goes, this is huge for us,” Reverend Stacey Brohard said. “This year alone we did 110,000 meals throughout the years and without the food drive it would be very difficult to go through with that.”
Over the 13 years of the event over 5.2 million pounds of food has been collected for area organizations. In addition to Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army, last year the Good Samaritan Inn, Northeast Community Fund and the Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project also received food from the food drive.
“The Salvation Army is able to provide, because of this drive, the people in our community with food so it is vital… it’s vital, to helping out those in need here,” Salvation Army Corp Officer Wes Dalberg said. “This food carries us through a couple quarters of the year and it’s very helpful for those in need.”
Area schools will also benefit from raising food again this year. The top five schools that generate the most food will be awarded a cash prize of $2,500, $1,500, $1,000, $750, and $500 respectively. Last year’s school winners were St. Patrick School, Our Lady of Lourdes, Mt. Zion High School, St. Teresa High School, and Warrensburg-Latham High School.
The 14th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive will be held on Friday, October 9th from 6 am until 6 pm at the Kroger on Rt. 36.
If you have questions about the food drive or drop-off information, call Neuhoff Media and ask for Tammy Moore at 423-9744.