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The annual food drive put on by the Oswego 308 School District to benefit the Kendall County Community Food Pantry is happening now. Food can be dropped off through Wednesday, October 28.

Drop off times are Mondays and Thursdays from six to eleven, Tuesdays and Fridays from eleven to four, and Wednesdays from two to seven. People will be at busses to collect and count the donations at each school during the drop off times.

Schools are competing to donate the most items. The prize is bringing home the championship trophy which is currently at Churchill Elementary school where over 48-thousand items were donated last year. Last year, the whole district collected 286,994 items.

Monetary donations can be made online. Each dollar donated is worth a credit for eight food items for each school because the food pantry can buy about that many items for each dollar. The pantry can leverage its bulk buying power when purchasing food.

Supt. John Sparlin says the annual food drive is a chance for students to learn about hunger and give back to the communities.

Donations needed include non-perishable foods, baby care items, pet food, and household items like paper towels. The food drive is done in October to stock the food pantry ahead of the holiday season which is a time of high need.

This year, the food drive coincides with the grand opening of the new Kendall County Community Food Pantry location on Route 71 in Oswego scheduled for Friday, November 6.

This is the seventh year for the annual food drive.