18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive

18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive

WSOY and our community partners are pleased to announce the 18th annual WSOY Community Food Drive on October 4th at Airport Plaza Kroger on Rt. 36 in Decatur.  We have joined together to help stock our local food pantries.  Last year, over 1.52 million pounds of food was collected during our twelve hours of broadcast and this year we hope to exceed that amount!

To enable the WSOY Community Food Drive to help as many food banks as possible, we encourage the community  to give canned non-perishable goods or monetary donations.  By giving non-perishable canned goods, we are able to utilize safe offsite storage to allow the supply to last as long as possible.  Monetary donations, however, go the farthest. Food banks are then able to purchase goods on an as needed basis and at a tremendous discount through the Central Illinois Foodbank.  Every dime raised goes to the purchase of food. 

Over the past fifteen years, over 10.8 million pounds of food has been collected.

Last year, because of the wonderful generosity of the community, the WSOY Community Food Drive was able to assist Catholic Charities Food Pantry, The Salvation Army Food Pantry, Good Samaritan Inn, Northeast Community Fund, The Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project, Extended Hands/Reasonable Services, Crossing Healthcare Prescription Gardens, The Grayson Basket Project, Big Blue Backpacks, Mt Zion Food Pantry, AMELCA, Helping Hands Food Pantry, Moundford Food Pantry, Gods Shelter of Love, Blue Mound Food Pantry and the Cops and Gobblers Program.

Join Us for the WSOY Community Food Drive

October 4, 2019

6AM-6PM

Airport Plaza Kroger

Rt. 36 in Decatur

How To Give

  • To find out how to volunteer (groups and business also accepted) , call Debbie Bogle at 422-8537 OR you can sign up using the online portal:

    registertovolunteer

    Every year the food drive has hundreds of great volunteers, but one volunteer is recognized as being outstanding.   The Geoffrey Neuhoff Spirit Award is given to honor and recognize someone that shows exemplary service to the WSOY Community Food Drive.  

  • How To Donate Now:

    To enable the WSOY Community Food Drive to help as many food banks as possible, we encourage the community  to give canned non-perishable goods or monetary donations.  By giving non-perishable canned goods, we are able to utilize safe offsite storage to allow the supply to last as long as possible.  Monetary donations, however, go the farthest. Food banks are then able to purchase goods on an as needed basis and at a tremendous discount through the Central Illinois Foodbank.  Every dime raised goes to the purchase of food. 

    • You can make a donation now ONLINE through the United Way:  

    • Make checks out to: WSOY Community Food Drive – Tax deductible donations and donations to be matched must be made to The United Way (Food Drive in Memo)
    • Mailing address for donations:

    First Mid Bank and Trust

    c/o Community Food Drive

    455 N. Main Street

    Decatur, IL 62523

    • Tax Deductible donations:

    The United Way

    C/O: The WSOY Food Drive

    201 W. Eldorado St. 

    Decatur, IL 62522 

    • Kroger will be selling pre-packaged bags for purchase and donation prior to the WSOY Community Food Drive. Just purchase a bag and leave it at Kroger in the donation bin!

    During The WSOY Community Food Drive on October 4th: 

    • Donate On October 4th By phone: 875-3350 (First Christian Church) – Check pledge, Visa and MasterCard Welcome.  Please let them know if your company offers matching. 
    • Donate on October 4th at Kroger on Rt. 36, Airport Plaza, Mt. Zion. 
    • If your company/or organization is collecting food, you can schedule a pick up on October 4th by calling Debbie Bogle 422-8537

How To Get Involved

  • For questions about getting your school involved, call Pete Vercellino at 520-5098

    To enable the WSOY Community Food Drive to help as many food banks as possible, we encourage the community to give canned non-perishable goods or monetary donations.  By giving non-perishable canned goods, we are able to utilize safe offsite storage to allow the supply to last as long as possible.  Monetary donations, however, go the farthest. Food banks are then able to purchase goods on an as needed basis and at a tremendous discount through the Central Illinois Food bank.  Every dime raised goes to the purchase of food. 

    Thanks to our community partners, we are able to again offer a substantial financial award to the top five local schools that collect the most canned food or monetary donations for our drive.  Individuals and groups can collect food ahead of time or come out to Kroger that day and donate food or cash in the name of a particular school.  The top five schools that generate the most food in pounds will be awarded a cash prize. Cash donations made by schools are also converted to pounds and count towards the schools total. In this case, cash weighs more than cans!  Anyone can help support their favorite school by donating in the name of the school.  Parents, grandparents, booster clubs, bands, athletic teams and teachers can and will make the difference.  All Macon County Schools grades K-12 are eligible to participate. 

    This year’s cash awards are as follows:

                    1st Place – $2,500

                    2nd Place – $1,500

                    3rd Place – $1,000

                    4th Place – $750

                    5th Place – $500

  • We are asking you to join our community partners: ADM, First Mid Bank and Trust & J.L. Hubbard Insurance and Bonds, Skeff Distributing, Jones & Thomas/JTnet, Decatur Back & Neck Center, Tickets N Trips, First Christian Church, Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy & Colee’s Corner Drugs, DynaGraphics/Wood Printing, Kroger,the United Way, Herald & Review, and WAND-TV in getting the word out to your employees and the community at large.

    Please encourage them to be a part of the 18th Annual WSOY Community food Drive – October 7, 2019 from 6AM-6PM at Airport Plaza Kroger on Rt. 36 in Decatur.  There are many ways you can help:

    • Distribute bags to your employees to be filled and dropped off at Kroger on Rt. 36 East during the food drive on October 4th. You can also arrange for donation pick up. Employees can also designate their donations to the school of their choice to help those schools win cash prizes for the most donations raised.
    • You can participate by making a monetary donation. Checks can be made to “WSOY Community Food Drive”. (Tax deductible donations should be made to the United Way c/o WSOY Community Food drive.)
    • If your business has a marquis, show your support by displaying “WSOY Community Food Drive, October 4th, 2018. 6am-6pm Kroger Rt. 36 East”
    • You can also assist us by donating an hourly incentive such as sporting event tickets and gift cards to use as giveaways to encourage giving during our live broadcast.
    • Let us know if your company is doing a special promotion or fundraiser for the food drive so we can share it! You can email details to lindsayromano@neuhoffmedia.com

    To find out how your company can get involved or to request bags to distribute to employees, please call Karin Betzer at First Mid Bank and Trust at 217-877-3344 or by email at kbetzer@jlhubbard.com or karinbetzer@hotmail.com

  • To find out how to Volunteer, call Debbie Bogle at 422-8537 OR you can sign up using the online portal:

    registertovolunteer

    Every year the food drive has hundreds of great volunteers but one volunteer is recognized as being outstanding.   The Geoffrey Neuhoff Spirit Award is given to honor and recognize someone that shows exemplary service to the WSOY Community Food Drive.  

  • For overall questions and media inquires, please contact Lindsay Romano at 217-423-9744 or email Lindsayromano@neuhoffmedia.com.

  • Thank you for your interest in The WSOY Community Food Drive!  We would like to learn more about your organization and how we may be able to work together to fight hunger. All applicants must currently be providing food assistance. 

    The application for funds from the 2019 WSOY Community Food Drive can be downloaded HERE

    The application process is outlined below.

    • Application is reviewed and assessed by The WSOY Food Drive Committee (herein known as Committee) based on information provided.
    • Fund availability from the 2019 WSOY Community Food Drive is not guaranteed.
    • Fund availability is also determined by donations received during the 2019 WSOY Community Food Drive. (Currently scheduled for October 4th. Subject to change) Funds must first be fully processed before distribution can begin.
    • Should a WSOY Community Food Drive grant be awarded, the funds must solely be used for the purchase of food. Funds CAN NOT be used for administrative costs, transportation, delivery, food storage or processing or other programs/services offered by your agency.
    • Should a WSOY Community Food Drive grant be awarded, The WSOY Community Food Drive reserves the right to deposit funds into an account for your use only at the Central Illinois Food Bank in lieu of funds directly to your organization. This will not be negotiable.
    • Prior to grant approval, the Committee may require a scheduled visit to your organization. The site visit is to confirm the program information you’ve provided and to review compliance of the requirements of the WSOY Community Food Drive grant.
    • Fund recipients agree to sign agreement of WSOY Community Food Drive requirements that all funds be used for the purchase of food.

    Please complete the following application in full.  Applications can be emailed to lindsayromano@neuhoffmedia.com or mailed to:

    WSOY Community Food Drive

    250 N. Water St., Suite 100

    Decatur IL, 62523.

Thank you to our community partners!

Decatur Back and Neck Center     First Mid Bank and Trust               

Skeff Distributing                            ADM                                            

Jones and Thomas/ JTNet             JL Hubbard Insurance and Bonds      

First Christian Church                    Dales Southlake Pharmacy

WAND-TV                                      Colee’s Corner Drugs

Herald and Review                        Dynagraphics/ Wood Printing

Tickets and Trips                          Kroger

Special Thanks to The United Way and The Community Foundation                                                                       

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