WSOY and our community partners are pleased to announce the 17th annual WSOY Community Food Drive on October 5th 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 9.4 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, Reasonable Services, God’s Shelter of Love, AMELCA Food Pantry, the Mount Zion United Methodist Food Pantry, Interchurch Council of Blue Mound, Boody and Stonington, Crossing Healthcare Prescription Produce Garden, Big Blue Backpack program, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Food Pantry, Moundford Food Pantry, Helping Hands Food Pantry and Boys and Girls Club Cops and Gobblers Program.
How To Give
How To Get Involved
Thank you to our community partners!
Soy Capitol Bank Decatur Back and Neck Center
JL Hubbard Insurance & Bonds Skeff Distributing
ADM Jones and Thomas/ JTNet
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
Food Drive News
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…Continue Reading
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,…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
September 11, 2019 – Our friends at Hickory Point Bank kicked off the WSOY Community Food Drive Season with a shuffle board event in Central Park called “Push Comes To Shuffle!.” Listen to the podcasts with our friends at Hickory Point Bank to learn why they are so invested in our community and the WSOY…Continue Reading
September 5, 2019– The 18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive to help stock local food pantries will be held on Friday, October 4th at the Airport Plaza Kroger grocery store in Decatur (more details). Details of the event were announced Thursday morning during a news conference at St Pats School. Last year, the drive collected…Continue Reading