Bremen Food Drive Collects 13K+ Pounds of Food

Bremen Food Drive Collects 13K+ Pounds of Food
On November 20, 2021, Bremen High School wrapped up its Annual Food Drive which has been taking place since 1985 and regularly collects thousands of pounds of food for the community around the holiday season.

The Food Drive is led by the school's National Honor Society and Student Council who places brown paper bags throughout the community each year and asks for donations of non-perishable goods. Then, they head out into the neighborhood and collect the food which they will sort through and distribute to local pantries such as the ones at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Midlothian and St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Midlothian.

Community members, who are well-aware of the annual drive, also have the opportunity to drop off items at the school or at various drop-off points.

This year, Berkots Super Foods in Midlothian was generous enough to offer their store as an additional drop-off location for families looking to donate. Berkots also annually provides brown paper bags to the school.

This year, more than 500 hours of service were contributed by students and staff. Their efforts, and the help of the community, resulted in over 13,000 pounds of food in donations.

The school says it's a record and it's the largest collection seen in over six years.

In fact, the collection of food is so great that Bremen admits they haven't even officially finished counting yet! They are also continuing to take monetary donations via their GoFundMe through Giving Tuesday held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (November 30th).

You can access their GoFundMe page by clicking here.

To date, the school has raised roughly $350.00 in GoFundMe donations which will also go towards local pantries.

The GoFundMe page began during the COVID-19 Pandemic last year when some families were uncertain about donating in person and preferred a safer approach from home.

While the traditional Food Drive was back in full swing this year, the school did choose to keep some new initiatives that developed during the pandemic which included the GoFundMe and their 2nd Stuff The Bus.

Stuff the Bus, held on November 13th, kicked off the Food Drive and allowed residents to drop their donations off at the school as students and staff made a push to fill an entire school bus with food donations.

"At Bremen, we always say that we have pride in who we are, what we do, and how we do it and that statement extends beyond the walls of Bremen High School to our community as well," said Amanda Chelepis, Student Council Sponsor

The school expressed that they are thankful to everyone who donated in addition to a few individuals who really went above and beyond to make a difference this year. More specifically:

-Double Good Popcorn who donated 150 bags of food.

-The Bremen Township who donated an entire truck full of food

-Berkots in Midlothian who served as a drop-off location for families and provided brown paper bags for the drive

The District would also like to recognize Sarah Bogard (National Honor Society Sponsor), Amanda Chelepis (Student Council Sponsor), Terry Stephens (Freshmen Learning Center Coordinator and advocate of the food drive for many years), Jessica Rucinski (Assistant Principal of Teaching and Learning) and all of the students who make the Food Drive possible every year.