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 1.5 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
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 6pm at the Kroger on Rt. 36. Due to COVID-19, only monetary donations are being accepted at this year’s drive. The WSOY…Continue Reading