Volunteers from Keith School collected 3,000 pounds of leftover food to feed the needy at the close of the On the Waterfront festival Sunday night, Sept. 4.
Save Our Surplus (SOS) students, faculty members and parents rounded up vanloads of unsold food from vendor tents, including bread, corn, hamburgers, potatoes and more. 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 and the Hunger Connection provided the vehicles.
The surplus food can be distributed to soup kitchens and food pantries in Winnebago County, plus churches and community centers that provide lunches and after-school programs.
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. The Sunday night food collection brings the total to 14 tons saved.
From the Sept. 21-27, 2005, issue