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Oswego School District 308 Hosting Food Drive

Sep 08, 2014 05:54PM ● Published by Steven Jack

More than 7,000 area residents in need visit the Kendall County Food Pantry every month, and soon Community Unit School District 308 will have the chance to help.
Later this month schools in the district will have the opportunity to participate in the first annual food drive for the Kendall County Food Pantry from Sept. 22 to October 3. The food drive will serve as a contest between the elementary schools, junior highs and high schools leading up to the Crosstown Challenge football game on Oct. 3. The winning schools will be announced at halftime of the game.
“This is a wonderful way for students and the community to be able to combat hunger locally,” Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Dr. John Sparlin said. “When we align our efforts together, we can hopefully generate more interest and have a stronger impact. If we all do a little bit to help, it adds up to a lot.”
The winners of the food drive will be determined by the number of items collected at each school. There will be winners declared at the elementary level, junior high level and high school level.
Donation boxes will be available in the elementary schools from Sept. 22 to Oct. 1. They will be available in the junior highs and high schools from Sept. 22 to Oct. 2. Fans attending the game will receive a raffle ticket for each can of food they bring and a chance to win prizes announced throughout the game.
The community can show their school support while giving to a good cause too. OnSunday, September 21 boxes will be placed at local businesses, giving residents the opportunity to place food in an orange box to support Oswego High School, or a silver box to support Oswego East High School. Students at the various schools will also be given the opportunity to donate food and items.  
Elementary schools will focus on collecting baby supplies (formula, diapers, wipes, food, etc.), dry food (pasta, dry beans, boxed meals, etc.), and condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, etc.). Junior high schools will focus on collecting cleaning supplies (dish soap, laundry detergent, etc.), breakfast (cereal, pancake mix, etc.) and baking (flour, sugar, etc.). The high schools will concentrate on collecting paper (napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, tissue, etc.), toiletries, and canned food (soup, fruit, vegetables, etc.). Any item will be accepted at each location.
The food drive occurs at a critical time before the holiday season, when food donations are not at their peak. It also aligns the efforts of individual schools in order to maximize community impact of fighting hunger locally.
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