Granite City School District students help load a truck to distribute items collected in the Food for Families drive. The drive, spearheaded by the Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis, The Bank of Edwardsville and Schnucks, collected 18,023 pounds of food for local pantries.
EAST ALTON — The Food for Families drive collected 18,023 pounds of nonperishable food for seven food pantries.
Several schools participated in the drive and competed for one of three cash prizes, sponsored by The Bank of Edwardsville, for those bringing in the most donations.
The winning schools that collected the most food by poundage per student were:
- First-place prize of $1,000 – St. Elizabeth’s Elementary, Granite City
- Second-place prize of $750 – Washington Elementary, East Alton
- Third-place prize of $250 – East Alton Elementary, East Alton
Participating schools included East Alton School District, Granite City School District, St. Mary’s, Marquette Catholic High School and St. Elizabeth’s.
The food drive, aimed at helping meet the growing need of local food pantries to keep their shelves stocked, was spearheaded by the Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis, The Bank of Edwardsville, Schnucks and other partners.
Items collected were evenly distributed Sept. 19 to the following organizations:
• Catholic Charities, Guardian Angel Food Pantry
• Collinsville Food Pantry
• Community Care Center
• Crisis Food Center
• Operation Blessing
• Salvation Army, Granite City and Alton locations
• Venice Township Food Pantry
For information, contact United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division at (618) 258-9800.