WATCH: WSOY Community Food Drive 2019

WATCH: WSOY Community Food Drive 2019

October 6th, 2019- The 18th Annual WSOY community Food Drive smashed it’s goal Friday, raising 1.69 Million pounds of food in 12 hours.  The goal of 1.5 million pounds was reached in large part due to a campaign to educate the public that cash weighs more.  Agencies that benefit from the WSOY Community Food Drive will be able to purchase food from the Central Illinois Food Bank for 19 cents a pound. Last year, 17 agencies benefited from the food drive.  Some of those agencies include the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Northeast Community Fund, Reasonable Services and Good Samaritan Inn

PHOTOS: 18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive

PHOTOS: 18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive

October 4, 2019 – The 18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive blew past it’s goal of 1.5 million pounds to raise an astonishing 1,695,771 million pounds!  The top 5 schools that raised the most food are as follows: 1st Eisenhower High School, 2nd St Teresa High School, 3rd Our Lady of Lourdes, 4th St Pats, 5th Mt Zion Intermediate.  Thank you to the donors, sponsors, volunteers and community that made it happen!

 

WSOY Community Food Drive Tomorrow

WSOY Community Food Drive Tomorrow

October 3, 2019 – Tomorrow is the 18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive at the Kroger on Rt 36, and it will take everyone to reach the goal of 1.5 million pounds of food.  The drive will take place from 6am to 6pm and giving is easy.  You can stop by and drop of a cash or canned food donation or call 875-3350 to make a donation over the phone.  You can also give online through the United Way by clicking HERE.  This year the food drive is asking for canned non-perishable food or monetary donations.  Canned food allows the food drive to utilize off site storage and monetary donations weigh the most.  The food banks use the money to purchase food from the Central Illinois Food Bank at a tremendous discount of 19 cents a pound.  Remember that you can make your donation In the name of a school to help that school win cash prizes for the most food and money raised.  The WSOY Community Food Drive is the primary source of food for the community’s pantries, raising over 11 million pounds in 17 years. 

For more info on the WSOY Community Food Drive, CLICK HERE

Local Schools Preparing for WSOY Community Food Drive

Local Schools Preparing for WSOY Community Food Drive

October 2nd, 2019- Area schools are incentivizing students to participate in the WSOY community Food Drive with class competitions and more to see who can raise the most. Our Lady of Lourdes, Holy Family, and Saint Pats have encouraged the kids to bring in donations in exchange for non-uniform days. And for the students and Faculty at Saint Teresa everything is being laid on the line in order for one class or even the staff to have a special “wear your sweatpants to school day” Student body president Cade Brown  

Schools like Eisenhower are using this week’s homecoming to collect cans and earn chances to participate in dress up days. Warrensburg are also part taking in in class competitions to help raise money and or food donations for the drive. Warrensburg Senior Amanda Lynne Davis .

You can get involved too.

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) . 201 W. Eldorado St. 
  • Kroger is 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.

Find out more about the WSOY Community Food Drive HERE

Tate & Lyle Offers Special Food Drive Incentive for DPS61

Tate & Lyle Offers Special Food Drive Incentive for DPS61

September 30, 2019 – Tate and Lyle is once again offering a special food drive incentive to the students at District 61.  Through Tate & Lyle’s partnership with the Public Schools Foundation, the company is providing $500 gift cards to the top 5 Decatur public schools who bring in the most food and donations. In the past, Tate & Lyle has celebrated the achievement of giving by DPS students with I-pads and all school pizza parties.  Last year, DPS students raised nearly 140 thousand pounds of food for the drive. In 2018, first place Dennis Lab School raised over 33 thousand pounds of food.  Despite this incentive being open only to DPS61, all donations can be credited to the Macon County school of your choice to help schools competing for the WSOY Food Drive School Prizes. 

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

LISTEN: Food Drive Kick Off at Salvation Army

LISTEN: Food Drive Kick Off at Salvation Army

September 30,2019 – It’s WSOY Community Food Drive Week!  To kick the week off, Byers & Co broadcast live from the Salvation Army to visit with some of the agencies that benefit from the food drive.  Make sure you join us this coming Friday, October 4th from 6am to 6pm at the Kroger on Rt 36 for the 18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive. Click HERE to find out more and to donate!

 

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Coffee Connection Offers Discounts For Food Drive Donations

Coffee Connection Offers Discounts For Food Drive Donations

October 1, 2019 – During the week of the WSOY Community Food Drive, Coffee Connection will be collecting canned good from their customers. If a customer brings in 1 can they will receive 5% off the cost of their drink. If they donate 2 or more cans they will receive 10% off the cost of their drink. If they donate 3 cans their name will be put in a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Coffee Connection gift card. Coffee Connection will also be donating a portion of their day’s sales on Friday, October 4 to the WSOY Community Food Drive. In addition owners Julie & Trevor Stalets will be personally matching the shops donation.

Fork Lift Drivers Wanted For Food Drive

Fork Lift Drivers Wanted For Food Drive

September 26, 2019 – The WSOY Community Food Drive is in need of certified Forklift Drivers.  The Food Drive has grown dramatically over the last 17 years.  In the beginning, many of the food donations were loaded on to trucks by hand. . bag by bag and box by box.  Now the food drive utilizes a more efficient method of pallets and forklifts and is in need a certified forklift drivers who are willing to volunteer on the day of the event. Times are available to volunteer from 6am to 6pm at the Kroger on Rt. 36.   If you are interested in volunteering, contact the United Way at 422-8537.  

Win A Yeti Cooler from Speed Lube By Givng To Food Drive

Win A Yeti Cooler from Speed Lube By Givng To Food Drive

September 25, 2019- A local business collecting donations for the upcoming WSOY Community food drive is giving you little extra incentive.  Speed Lube of Decatur is collecting non-perishable canned goods at their Decatur locations.  When you drop off your items, you will be entered for a chance to win a Yeti Zip Up Cooler valued at over $200. The promotion is good until October 3rd. The 18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive will be held Friday October 4th at the Kroger on Rt 36 from 6am to 6pm. To find out more or how you can give, visit the food drive page on NowDecatur.com 

Donate to Enter To Win YMCA 3 Month Membership

Donate to Enter To Win YMCA 3 Month Membership

September 16, 2019 – The Decatur Family YMCA is preparing for the WSOY Community Food Drive on October 4th by collecting cans and giving you a chance to win.  The “Feeding your Community, Feeding your health” table is located in the YMCA lobby.  For every canned food donation you bring in, you will be entered to win a 3 month membership or membership credit.  The promotion runs from now until October 3rd.  Make sure to mark your calendar for the food drive on October 4th from 6am to 6pm at the Kroger on Rt. 36 in the airport plaza.