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CHICAGO (CBS) — Speak about a particular supply. This morning, the Bloom Township Meals Pantry in Chicago Heights acquired a donation of hundreds of snacks collected by pupil athletes.
Highschool athletes from town and suburbs raised cash and picked up greater than 130,000 donated meals objects that may usually be bought at video games throughout the spring season. That provides as much as about 1,300 bins of meals.
“For a lot of college students, the meals and snacks offered by their native college cafeterias and meals pantries are their main supply of meals each day,” stated Homewood-Flossmoor Excessive Faculty senior Kennedy Jones.
As a consequence of social distancing tips, one athlete every from Bradley, Manteno, Thornwood, Homewood-Flossmoor, and Bloom Township made the supply in individual on Wednesday.
The Bloom Township Meals Pantry has seen a 330% month-to-month enhance in needy college students and households for the reason that begin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’d additionally prefer to say that, volunteering right here, I’ve seen that households I used to see come by as soon as a month are actually coming by twice every week. It’s because there’s a want right here, and it is extremely actual,” stated Bloom Township senior Emely Oviedo.
The occasion was organized by non-profit Buddy’s Helpers and PepsiCo, in recognition of Nationwide Faculty Lunch Hero Day.