CHICAGO (CBS) – Talk about special delivery. This morning, Bloom Township Food Pantry in Chicago Heights received donations of thousands of snacks collected by student athletes.
Middle school athletes from cities and suburbs collect money and collect more than 130,000 donated food items that are usually sold at the game during the spring. That adds about 1,300 food boxes.
“For many students, food and snacks provided by the local school cafeteria and food pantry are their main food sources every day,” Homewood-Flossmoor High School senior Kennedy Jones said.
Because of social distance guidelines, each athlete from Bradley, Manteno, Thornwood, Homewood-Flossmoor, and Bloom Township makes deliveries directly on Wednesday.
Bloom Township Food Pantry has experienced a 330% increase every month in students and families in need since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I also want to say that, by volunteering here, I noticed that the family that I see once a month now comes twice a week. This is because there is a need here, and this is very real, “said Bloom City senior, Emely Oviedo.
The event was organized by the non-profit Buddy and PepsiCo Assistant, in recognition of the National School Lunch Heroes Day.