The Oswego School District 308 will continue hosting a satellite location for the Kendall County Community Food Pantry.
The OSD 308 Board of Education voted unanimously at its Sept. 13 meeting to continue the arrangement between the Yorkville-based food pantry and the district.
The district’s association with the food pantry began several years ago with what has become an annual district-wide food drive in support of the pantry and then expanded in 2020 to include the satellite pantry.
The satellite pantry operates once a month at 61 Franklin Street, Oswego, in the former location of Traughber Junior High School. The pantry provides canned/non-perishable food items as well as produce and bread to residents in need living within the OSD308 boundaries. The school district encompasses a 68.8 square mile area and serves all of Oswego along with portions of Aurora, Joliet, Montgomery, Plainfield and Yorkville.
Information provided by the district showed that attendance at the pantry location averaged approximately 120 families each month.
According to the agreement, OSD 308 will continue to provide a location for the food pantry as well as hold shelving units, freezers and refrigerators for food storage, and provide pantry volunteers. The pantry will in turn provide perishable and nonperishable food, food storage equipment, signage and a client registration system for the satellite location.
The eighth annual food drive will be held this fall. Over the last seven years, the district has collected 953,259 items, which means this year, the district will celebrate breaking the one million items collected mark.