October 2, 2020 – At 6 pm, The 19th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive raised $600,000. Thanks to purchasing power through the Central Illinois Food Bank, which equates to 3.2 million pounds of food.
Over 1.6 million pounds of food was raised in 2019, but due to COVID-19, the food drive switched to monetary donations only as a safety precaution.
The move proved successful. Last year, food and funds were used to help the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities food pantry, Good Samaritan Inn, Northeast Community Fund, Reasonable Services food pantry, Blue Mound food pantry, Crossing Healthcare Prescription Garden program, Mt Zion food pantry, Big Blue Backpacks program, AMELCA, Helping Hands food pantry, God’s Shelter of Love and The Moundford Food Pantry.
Agencies will once again apply for a grant from the WSOY Community Food Drive this year to receive funding to be used towards the purchase of food.
Thanks to its community partners, The WSOY Community Food Drive was also able to provide cash prizes to the top schools that raised the most money this year. In first place ($2500) was Eisenhower, second place ($1500) St. Teresa, third place ($1000) Mt. Zion, fourth place ($750) Holy Family and fifth place ($500) MacArthur.
The WSOY Community Food Drive would like to thank it’s community partners; Decatur Back and Neck Center, First Mid Bank and Trust, Skeff Distributing, First Mid Insurance, ADM, Jones and Thomas, First Christian Church, Dales Southlake Pharmacy, and Colee’s Corner Drugs, WAND-TV, The Herald and Review, Dynagraphics, Kroger, Tickets and Trips, The United Way of Decatur and Mid Illinois and The Community Foundation of Macon County.