Volunteers from Keith School collected more than 2 tons of leftover food to feed the needy recently at the close of the On the Waterfront festival.
Thirty Save Our Surplus (SOS) volunteer students, faculty members and parents rounded up four van loads of unsold food from vendor tents, including pizzas, vegetables, beef, dairy products and bread. Then they drove borrowed vehicles to the Hunger Connection, 320 S. Avon St., where workers were on hand to unload and store the bounty.
Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall provided three new vans, and the Hunger Connection provided the fourth vehicle.
The surplus food weighed in at 4,216 pounds and is being distributed to soup kitchens and food pantries in Winnebago County, plus churches and community centers that provide lunches and after school programs.
SOS reminds all the volunteers and donors how lucky we are and enables us to share the bounty with those who depend on the hunger effort to keep food on their tables, said Marge Bevers, who coordinates the program each year.
Keith School began Save Our Surplus in 2000 to fill a need for a central collection of surplus items from Waterfront food booths. The drive ties in with Keiths emphasis on service to the community: As a graduation requirement, each student must complete 90 hours of service. This years collection brings the four-year total to 12.5 tons saved.