WSOY and our community partners are pleased to announce the 19th annual WSOY Community Food Drive on October 2nd at Airport Plaza Kroger on Rt. 36 in Decatur.
Due to COVID-19, the WSOY Community Food Drive wants to ensure a safe event, while also ensuring the ability to provide to our community food banks during this time of need. Our local food pantries are already seeing a dramatic uptick in need from first-time families due to severe economic downturn, COVID related layoffs and more.
Because of this, The WSOY Community Food Drive is asking for monetary donations only. Here is why:
- Purchasing Power – Thanks to a partnership with the Central Illinois Food Bank, Decatur foodbanks will be able to purchase food for .19 per pound. This means $1 can purchase 5lbs of food!
- Avoiding Waste – Going to a “cash” only system allows the pantries to purchase goods on an as-needed basis and as their space allows, eliminating the need for off-site storage and the risk of expiration.
- Minimizing Manpower – The WSOY Community Food Drive has always been blessed with hundreds of volunteers. But with the risks associated with COVID, we feel it is necessary to minimize the amount of manpower on site. By collecting “cash”, we can cut our manpower by over half.
- Minimizing surface contact – Though the risk of COVID thought surface contact is considered minimal, the number of hands that must handle donated food goods during the drive is immense. By allowing a drive-up cash donation (card processing, checks, phone and online donation options will also be available), we can minimize the surface contact with items collected from the public.
Last year, over 1.6 million pounds of food and cash were collected during our twelve hours of broadcast. This year, we hope to exceed that amount through your monetary donations! Every cent raised goes to the purchase of food!
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, Big Blue Backpacks, Mt Zion Food Pantry, AMELCA, Helping Hands Food Pantry, Moundford Food Pantry, Gods Shelter of Love, Blue Mound Food Pantry and more.
Join Us for the WSOY Community Food Drive
Friday, October 2nd, 2020
6am to 6pm
Kroger, Rt 36
Goal: Raise as much monetary donations as possible
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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
United Way The Community Foundation
October 15, 2020 – Hickory Point Bank is hosting “Walk for Hunger” this weekend with some of the proceeds benefiting the WSOY Community Food Drive The walk will take place at 1pm at Nelson Park, but participants can take part by choosing their own route. Though the walk is taking place after the food drive,…Continue Reading
October 5, 2020 – Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe joined Byers and Co to talk about the food drive and Macon County COVID-19 numbers. Listen to the podcast now.Continue Reading
October 2, 2020 – At 6 pm, The 19th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive raised $600,000. Thanks to purchasing power through the Central Illinois Food Bank, which equates to 3.2 million pounds of food. Over 1.6 million pounds of food was raised in 2019, but due to COVID-19, the food drive switched to monetary donations…Continue Reading
October 2, 2020 – Kroger enjoys getting the opportunity to play a big role in the annual WSOY Community Food Drive, with the store on East U.S. 36 serving as the host location. “This is such a terrific local event,” said Kroger spokesman Eric Halvorson. “It means so much to Kroger to be a part of…Continue Reading
October 2, 2020 – Large donations from community members, companies, and organizations have pushed the WSOY Community Food Drive to raise $408,292, which equates to 2,147,614 pounds of food, by the halfway mark. The midpoint total was boosted thanks to generous donations from Millikin University, Acorn Pharmaceuticals, Hickory Point Bank, Brinkoetter Realtors, First Mid Bank and…Continue Reading
October 2, 2020 – The 19th annual WSOY Community Food Drive received a monetary donation of $100,000 from ADM Cares on Friday morning through the efforts of employees that were matched by the company. Jennifer Ballinger of ADM Cares says, “We spotlighted several different recipients of the food drive dollars just to show our employees the importance…Continue Reading
October 2, 2020 – The WSOY Community Food Drive has undergone many changes over its 19-year history, but none as big as the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. Due to COVID-19, organizers decided it was best to accept only monetary donations this year. The effort allows for fewer volunteers on site, less waste, less…Continue Reading
October 1, 2020 – Last year, students at Eisenhower were rewarded for their hard work by taking 1st place in the Community Food Drive School Challenge. This year, with the change to monetary donations, Eisenhower is partnering with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and Decatur Police Department to do a County vs. City competition at Eisenhower…Continue Reading
October 1, 2020 – St. Patrick School Principal Nicholas Blackburn talks about the procedure for collection and distribution for the upcoming Community Food Drive. Listen to the podcast now.Continue Reading
LISTEN: Lt. Kenesa Debela of the Salvation Army Talks About How the Pandemic Has Increased the Need for Food
September 29, 2020 – Lt. Kenesa Debela of the Salvation Army talks about how the pandemic has changed how the Salvation Army goes about the Community Food Drive, how the pandemic has increased the need for food, and also the impact the Community Food Drive has on the Salvation Army. Listen to the podcast now.Continue Reading
LISTEN: Ashley Fultz of ADM Cares Talks About the Importance of the Upcoming Community Food Drive to ADM
September 29, 2020 – Ashley Fultz of ADM Cares talks about how the pandemic has changed the upcoming Community Food Drive and how important the event is to employees at ADM. Listen to the podcast now.Continue Reading
September 25, 2020 – Sara Nave from Dennis Lab School took some time to talk about the upcoming 19th annual WSOY Community Food Drive and Dennis Lab’s virtual auction and how her students are involved with both. Listen to the podcast now.Continue Reading
September 24, 2020 – If you would like to give a monetary donation to the WSOY Community Food drive, you can now drop off your check donation to the Hickory Point Mall. The Mall is offering to be a drop off location for monetary donations by delivering those donations to the Mall office or in…Continue Reading
UPDATE: September 24, 2020 – The Volunteer Portal for the WSOY Community Food Drive has been closed. Thank you for your interest. September 21, 2020 – The WSOY Community Food Drive is seeking a limited number of volunteers for the event taking place on October 2nd. The Food Drive will be held from 6am to…Continue Reading