DeKALB – Members of the DeKalb County community are encouraged to help their neighbors by making a donation to the WLBK Freezin’ for Food drive.
The 13th annual collection for the food pantry for the DeKalb Salvation Army kicks off at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and continues until noon on Saturday, Dec. 7.
No matter how cold it gets, WLBK Morning Show host T.D. Ryan will stay at the collection site in the Target-Aldi shopping center on Sycamore Road, next to Starbucks. He’ll broadcast live all day on WLBK 1360-AM and 98.9 FM to encourage donations, and will even sleep in a camper at the collection site.
“It can get very cold, but I’m always encouraged by the generosity of DeKalb County,” said Ryan, who has led the drive since it began. “With so many families struggling, we need the community’s support more than ever.”
This year’s goal is 17,000 pounds of nonperishable food items. Ryan will weigh each donation and load them into a SAM container supplied by Blackhawk Moving and Storage. As the containers are filled, they’re driven directly to the Salvation Army in DeKalb.
“We have been seeing a steady increase in terms of the number of visitors at the Salvation Army food pantry throughout 2013. And in the month of October, we set the record high, which was 880 households using the Salvation Army food pantry,” said local Salvation Army Capt. Michael Cho. “It is unfortunate, but it appears more families will need the help from our food pantry in 2014. That is why I encourage this community to step up, and donate nonperishable food items during the Freezin’ for Food.”
Large donations are expected from several local schools and businesses, but the goal will not be met without many individual contributions. If the drive is successful, it will keep the shelves of the food pantry full for several months, allowing the Salvation Army to serve families throughout DeKalb County.