Around the Town with Mayor Steve: Community-Wide Food Drives Help Stock Local Food BanksShare This +
During the week of April 7-12, 2014 our Oak Creek Elementary Schools, the Oak Creek Kiwanis Club, and the City of Oak Creek sponsored a community-wide food drive, encouraging our residents to donate non-perishable food items for our local food banks. Each elementary school's PTO held their own individual school food drives, with an ice cream sundae party as the prize, sponsored by local restaurant Georgie Porgie's Treefort. The effort, titled the Big Food Bowl, encouraged the schools to compete against each other for a great cause.
The Salvation Army, All Saints Lutheran Church, United Methodist Church, and the St. Stephen's Family Life Center were the beneficiaries of this generosity, and at the end of the week, more than 13,000 items were donated by the area elementary schools, and another 1,000 items on Saturday, at the Kiwanis Club Drive Up to Stop Hunger event at the Oak Creek Community Center.
Edgewood School was the winner among the grade schools, collecting an amazing 4,630 items in five days! Local Bus Company Riteway, donated the use of one of their school buses to pick up the items on Friday of that week, and they filled the bus, with more than twenty volunteers helping unload the food for delivery to the food banks. Thanks to all the children, parents, and PTO's for helping in this important community initiative, with special thanks to Superintendent Burmeister and the Oak Creek/Franklin School District administration and staff for sponsoring the event.
We're going to continue the momentum this summer. I'm asking all of you who attend our annual 4th of July parade to bring along a bag of non-perishable food items, and look for the donation truck in the parade. We'll have some student volunteers ready to load the truck as we move through the parade route. Let's make this not only a celebration of our country, but a testament to the generosity and compassion of our community!
Spring is here... help us clean up the city during our community-wide clean up on Saturday, May 3! For more info, go to our city Facebook page, or to the Community Cleanup webpage. Plant those flowers!