The 12th Annual Community Food Drive

October 4th, 2013
6am- 6pm
Kroger, Rt. 36 in Decatur

  • Stop by Kroger on Rt. 36, Airport Plaza, Mt. Zion
  • By phone: 875-3350 (First Christian Church) – Check pledge, Visa and MasterCard Welcome
  • Text To Pledge: Text WSOY to 91011 (Nine- Ten- Eleven) – You will receive a text that will direct you to the United Way Mobile site to make your pledge in any amount!
  • Make checks out to: Community Food Drive - Tax deductable donations and donations to be matched can be made to Community Foundation (Food Drive in Memo)
  • Mailing address for donations:
           Soy Capital Bank
           c/o Community Food Drive
           455 N. Main Street
           Decatur, IL 62523

WSOY and our community partners, ADM, Team Soy, Skeff Distributing, Jones & Thomas, Decatur Back & Neck Center, Tickets N Trips, First Christian Church, Dales Southlake Pharmacy, Herald & Review and WAND-TV are coming together to help stock two local food pantries and we are asking for the community's help.

The Goal
Last year, over 730 thousand pounds of food was collected during our 12 hour broadcast at the Kroger on Rt. 36 in Decatur. Over the past 11 years, over 3 million pounds of food has been collected during this community event and every pound of food raised goes directly Catholic Charities and Salvation Army to feed the hungry in our community. Last year, because of the wonderful generosity of the community, the WSOY Community Food Drive was also able to give to the Good Samaritan Inn, Oasis Day Center, Northeast Community Fund and the Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project.  This year we hope to exceed 750 thousand pounds of food!

History of Giving
Year           Goal in Lbs.         Lbs. Collected
2002                                            35,000
2003                                            56,000
2004                                            80,000
2005          100,000                   110,000
2006          150,000                   175,000
2007          200,000                   266,000
2008          300,000                   300,000
2009          350,000                   382,000
2010          400,000                   640,000
2011          600,000                   640,000
2012          650,000                   730,000

Help The Needy & Win Ca$h For Your School
Thanks to our community partners, we are able to again offer a financial reward to the top 5 local schools that collect the most food for the WSOY Community Food Drive. Individuals and groups can collect ahead of time or stop by our food drive on October 4th at the Kroger on Rt 36 in Decatur to donate food or cash in the name of a particular school. The top 5 schools that generate the most food will be awarded a cash prize.  Anyone can help support their favorite school by donating in the name of their school.  Parents, grandparents, booster clubs, bands, athletic teams and teachers can and will make a difference.  All Macon County schools grades K-12 are eligible to participate.
This year's cash awards:
1st Place  $2,500.00
2nd Place $1,500.00
3rd Place  $1,000.00
4th Place  $750.00
5th Place  $500.00

Last year’s winners were (1st) Mt. Zion High School, (2nd) Our Lady of Lourdes, (3rd) St. Teresa High School, (4th) St. Patrick School and (5th) Warrensburg-Latham High School.

Get Your Business Involved!
Companies interested in participating can call 877-3344 to receive our easy "how to" package.  This package will include fliers and grocery bags to send home with employees to fill and bring to the WSOY Community Food Drive on October 4th. Pick up Service is also available.  Employees can still designate to their favorite schools.

We will also once again be honoring businesses with the WSOY Community Food Drive Good Neighbor award.  Last year’s Good Neighbor winners: St. Mary’s Hospital, Richland Community College & Pepsi.

Volunteers Make it Happen
Every year the food drive has hundreds of great volunteers but one volunteer is recognized as being outstanding. Last year we introduced the Geoffrey Neuhoff Spirit Award honoring Neuhoff Media’s late President and CEO, Geoff Neuhoff.  Last year’s recipient was Pete Vercellino. To sign up to volunteer your time to the WSOY Community Food Drive - CLICK HERE

The Biggest Food Drive Of The Year
Make sure to listen to WSOY- The Voice on October 4th from 6am to 6pm as we broadcast live from the Kroger on Rt 36.  We will have hourly incentives, challenges, special guests and more.  But most importantly, stop by and donate. A pledge hotline will also be available on October 5th to make a donation by phone.  We will also provide a text to give option on your smartphone!

For More Information
Overall Questions: Brian Byers or Tammy Moore 423-9744
Question About Getting Your School Involved: Pete Vercellino 520-5098
Questions About Getting Your Company Involved: Karin Betzer 877-3344
Questions Regarding Volunteering Or Pick Up Service: Debbie Bogle 422-8537


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Locations : Macon County
People : Brian ByersDebbie BogleKarin Betzer-GradyPete Vercellino