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Annual School District Food Drive Begins Next Week

Sep 14, 2016 01:00PM ● Published by Steven Jack

From Sept. 19 to 27, District 308 schools will have the opportunity to participate in the district’s third annual food drive for the Kendall County Food Pantry. 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 September 30. 

The winners of the food drive will be determined by the total number of items collected at each school, and the winning schools will be announced at halftime of the Varsity game. Fans attending the game will receive a raffle ticket for each can of food they bring for a chance to win prizes announced throughout the game.

In 2014, the district made its inaugural donation to the Kendall County Food Pantry, donating 58,000 items, which at the time was the largest single donation ever made to the pantry. That record was crushed in 2015 when the district collected and donated over 85,000 items. 

Each school level will focus on a different need. Schools will be focusing on the following areas. 
Elementary schools will focus on collecting: 
  • baby supplies (formula, diapers, wipes, food, etc.)
  • dry food (pasta, dry beans, boxed meals, etc.)
  • condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, etc.)
 Junior high schools will focus on collecting: 
  • cleaning supplies (dish soap, laundry detergent, etc.)
  • breakfast (cereal, pancake mix, etc.)
  • baking items (flour, sugar, etc.)
High schools will concentrate on collecting: 
  • paper goods (napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, tissue, etc.)
  • toiletries
  • canned food (soup, fruit, vegetables, etc.)
Any item will be accepted at each location. In addition, this year pet food will also be accepted.
The community can also show their school support while giving to a good cause. During that week boxes will be placed at local businesses, giving residents the opportunity to place food a box to support Oswego High School, or Oswego East High School.
The food drive occurs at a critical time before the holiday season, when donations are not at their peak. It also aligns the efforts of individual schools to maximize the community’s impact in fighting hunger locally.



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