Macon County has won this year’s Governor’s Cup for creating one of the largest one-day food drives in the nation through the WSOY Community Food Drive.
The Food Drive was among three other projects that were finalists for the Cup. Macon County Board Chairman Jay Dunn says he felt good about the possibility of Decatur and Macon County winning. “It’s just amazing what the Food Drive does for this community. I’m impressed with the whole operation, it gets better and better every year. I’m glad we won it, I think it was well deserved by all the people involved in it, and all the volunteers.”
“At the heart of every hometown is a group of dedicated volunteers who make their community a better place for every resident, “ said Governor Bruce Rauner, “These projects highlight the incredible kindness of Illinoisans from across the state and the power of neighborly acts of service.” Other finalists included the city of East St. Louis with their Join Hands Advocacy Project; City of Kewanee – Step Ladder Tutoring Program; and the City of Waterloo for the Monroe County House of Neighborly Service.
These projects are considered the best projects in each of the four population divisions of the program. Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service said, “We are please that through the preliminary round of judging, 14 localities have been recognized as either cup finalists or project winners of the program. Through these awards, we are honored to be able to highlight these projects and the people who give back.” Along with receiving the Governor’s Cup, which the community will keep for the year, the Food Drive was also awarded the Governor’s Hometown Award in the preliminary Round and will receive a plaque and road sign honoring the Food Drive’s achievements.
County Board Chairman Dunn said he wants to look in to having additional signs made as well to be placed at all of the main entryways in to Decatur.
For additional information:
Brian Byers, – WSOY VP/Development – Food Drive Coordinator