Springfield Catholic Schools looking to collect 20,000 lbs of food

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Students in Springfield are collecting tons of food for the Catholic Charities Super Food Drive Challenge.

Last year, Catholic Elementary Schools brought in 17,646 lbs. of food.

This year, in the first three weeks, seven tons of food have already been collected, exceeding the goal of being an Incredible Food Drive Challenge.

"After the success of last year we knew the food drive was critical for us to fulfill our mission of feeding people in the community." said Amber Cerveny, Development Coordinator for Catholic Charities in Springfield. "The Catholic Charities Holy Family Food Pantry is distributing nearly 150,000 lbs of food every year and that takes an incredible amount of effort and support by many people.  We knew the students would be incredible, which is why we made that the theme for this year, but we are deeply humbled by the response, which exceeded all expectations."

As of Sept. 28 17,156 pounds of food has been collected. Catholic Charities expects another 5,000 pounds to be collected Friday, Oct. 5.

Students and families have brought in food each week to their school and then Catholic Charities picks up the food and weighs it at the St. John's Hospital loading dock to see which school is the weekly winner.

This Friday, Oct. 5, is the last day of the challenge.

Catholic Charities partnered with Schnucks who placed boxes in their Montvale Plaza location labeled with the school names so that anyone in the community could purchase food and place it in the box of the school they wish to see win.

The winning school gets $500 thanks to the partnership with Peerless Restoration.

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