District 308 Makes Historic Donation to Food Pantry
Oct 07, 2014 12:10PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Oswego School District 308 donated over 58,000 items to the Kendall County Food Pantry as part of its first annual district-wide food drive. (Photo courtesy District 308)
Oswego School District 308 revealed Tuesday that 58,527 items have been donated to the Kendall County Food Pantry as part of the district-wide food drive that wrapped up at the Crosstown Challenge football game Friday night.
According to the district, that is the single largest donation in the pantry's history.
“I thought the grand total could be 10,000,” said Maria Spaeth, executive director of the Food Pantry. “Never, ever, did I think that we would reach the goal we reached. Honestly, a lot of people come back to me and say, ‘We are going to do this, Maria,’ and then I never hear from them, or they do not come back. This has been in the works for a year. To reach this goal is phenomenal. It is incredible.”
The Food Drive included competition between the district's grade, junior high and high schools. At the grade school level, Homestead Elementary won with 6,736 items donated. Bednarcik Junior High won its school level contest with 2,862 items, and OEHS topped OHS with 2,643 items.
Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt said the totals represented a "great day for School District 308."
“I think it is extremely important for students to understand the importance of giving back to their communities,” Wendt said. “Equally important, we want the Kendall County Food Pantry to educate us on how long these food items will last. In this country, we should not have people without food. It is a significant national issue and it is obviously an issue in Kendall County. I am so pleased our students, staff, parents and citizens could come together for such a worthy cause."