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Food Drive History 2016

Food drive history: How we got to a 1.3 million goal

October 7 – The WSOY Food Drive started with a goal of 25,000 pounds of food and the community participation quickly exploded, leading to the largest single-day food drive in the country.   15 and a half years ago, WSOY’s Brian Byers, J.L. Hubbard Insurance and Bonds’ Kevin Breheny, and Skeff Distributing owner John Skeffington…Continue Reading

Kroger Food Drive Donation 2016

Kroger a big reason the Food Drive succeeds

October 7 – It’s easy to see how Kroger is involved with the WSOY Community Food Drive when the drive is located in their parking lot, but Kroger’s contribution goes beyond just being a host.   Kroger has been a partner of the WSOY Community Food Drive since the beginning. WSOY has been able to…Continue Reading

St. Mary's donation food drive 2016

St. Mary’s donates $15,000 for the 15th Annual WSOY Food Drive

October 7 – HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital increased their contribution this year to match the number of years the WSOY Community Food Drive has been benefiting the community.   In the 15th year of the food drive, St. Mary’s set a goal of $15,000. They met that goal and presented their check this afternoon. St.…Continue Reading

Ameren Donation 2016 food drive

Ameren provides big boost to 2016 Food Drive

October 7 – Another big employer in Decatur is giving back to the community they work and live in.   An Ameren Illinois truck pulling a trailer full of food rolled into the Kroger parking lot Friday to donate to the WSOY Community Food Drive. The energy company raised more money this year than they…Continue Reading

Richland Community College Food Drive donation 2016

Richland Community College donates nearly 5,000 pounds

October 7 – Richland Community College came together this month to donate 4,772 pounds of food to the 15th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive.   They are a majority commuter school, but the students gave back to the Decatur community by giving about 1,611 pounds and nearly surpassed the staff collection of 1,900 pounds.  …Continue Reading

Gather Give Share at Food Drive 2016

Gather. Give. Share. group learning philanthropy on a large scale

October 7 – A group of Macon County high school students interested in giving back to the community are learning what it’s like on a large scale at the 2016 WSOY Community Food Drive.   The philanthropy group is made up of teenagers from local high schools. They get together to research non-profit organizations, raise…Continue Reading

Millikin University 2016 Food Drive donation

Millikin University crushes 2016 Food Drive Goal

October 7 – Millikin President Dr. Patrick White said he’d head into Kroger and buy more food if needed, but the school crushed their 2016 Food Drive Goal.   Thanks to students, Millikin families, staff, and faculty, Millikin University brought in 6,800 pounds of food for this year’s WSOY Community Food Drive. Last year’s goal…Continue Reading

ADM Food Drive Donation 2016

ADM donates big to the WSOY Community Food Drive

October 7 – Archer Daniels Midland Company is again supporting the Decatur community in a big way after giving a check to the WSOY Community Food Drive Friday morning.   ADM presented a check this morning for $100,000, which equals 160,000 pounds of food. Collections started weeks in advance throughout the ADM corporation. Through their…Continue Reading

Nature Rich Community Forum

Louv encourages Macon County to connect with nature

October 6 – Connecting your family with nature will improve education, reduce stress, and preserve the wildlife according to author Richard Louv.   Louv was the featured speaker for the latest Millikin University Science Entrepreneurship Series Thursday night.  Louv is an author of nine books.  He spoke about his groundbreaking book titled “Last Child in…Continue Reading

Anne Lloyd Gallery

First Friday Gallery Walk sneak peak (photos included)

October 6 – The work of 30 artists from eight states will be on display this month in the Anne Lloyd Gallery and you can meet some of the artists tomorrow night.   This Friday will be the opening night for this month’s gallery titled “October National 2016.”  The First Friday Gallery Walk will give…Continue Reading