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Junior Service Club

The Junior Service Club (JSC) of Edwardsville presented a check of $2,550 to Project 612 at Mark’s Appliance in Edwardsville.

Project 612 is a food recovery program working in K-12 schools in District #7. They have recovered and donated thousands of pounds of food that would otherwise have been thrown away. Project 612 volunteers recover unopened prepackaged food items that are otherwise destined for cafeteria trash bins and donate them to food distribution charities. The program has been in operation since 2011.

Project 612 co-directors, Renee Guttman and Gwyn Marini, were inspired by the Bible verse John 6:12 where Jesus instructs his disciples to let nothing be wasted after a meal. The program is evolving to meet the school districts changing food recovery needs. Part of that evolution includes the need to purchase refrigerators for each participating school.

"Thanks to a generous $500 donation from Junior Service Club and an amazing deal on refrigerators from Mark’s Appliance, Project 612 was able to pilot this new program in two schools within the District." said Marini. Project 612 plans to use the latest JSC donation to purchase refrigerators, coolers and dry food storage bins to expand the program to 10 schools in the district. Project 612 estimates collecting an average of 500 lbs. of food a week which will be donated to the Glen Ed Pantry. Marini says, "Without the support of Junior Service and Mark’s Appliance, Project 612 would not be in a position to meet the changing food recovery needs of the district and the program would be in trouble."

Mark’s Appliance is committed to our community and is happy to support local groups like Project 612 and the Junior Service Club.