PSC to Host Annual Foodapooloza to Benefit Respond Now

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Last year Prairie State College (PSC) collected more than a ton of food at Foodapalooza to benefit Respond Now.

The college wants to do it again, and is calling for everyone’s help.

Foodapalooza will feature live performances by bands from a variety of genres for the admission price of five or more non-perishable food items to benefit Respond Now. The event is Saturday, September 11, from 3 to 9:30 p.m., in Parking Lot C of the college, located at 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Rooster Audio/Visual Services of Homewood is a major sponsor and partner for the event.

In addition to live bands, there will be family-friendly activities including clowns and games. Food vendors also will be on site selling a variety of items including pizza, ice cream, popcorn, and pop.

“PSC has a history of reaching out to those in our neighborhood who are in need,” said Dr. Eric Radtke, PSC president. “With the state of today’s economy, more and more people are turning to Respond Now. It is our hope that the items collected at Foodapolooza will help re-stock their food pantry.”

Respond Now is a community agency located in Chicago Heights that serves more than 2,700 people a month, providing everything from food to clothing. Suggested items for donations include tuna, canned spam, peanut butter, jams and jellies, canned vegetables, pork and beans, canned soup, cereals, canned fruits, macaroni and cheese, instant potatoes, spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned salmon, canned stews and pastas, and packaged rice and noodle mixes.

“Foodapalooza is a great opportunity to continue the Respond Now tradition of ‘Neighbors helping Neighbors’,” said Carl Wolf, director of Respond Now. “As the far south suburbs continue to demonstrate great need evidenced by the staggering numbers of families that turn to Respond Now for help, the collection of over one ton of food goes a long way to making this assistance possible. What better way is there to celebrate our collective strength of community then by enjoying good music while helping our neighbors?”

For more information about Foodapalooza, call the college at (708) 709-3500.