FBLA runs perishable food drive


Kesia Osman

FBLA members Kesia Osman, Lauren Disher, Kira Bailey and Kile Sullivan deliver the donations from the FBLA’s perishable food drive to the Salvation Army food pantry in Chilton last Friday.

Members of Chilton’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter held a perishable food drive at the Eagles Club on March 24.

Through community members’ generous donations, the drive collected 150 pounds of perishable food and $163. The FBLA donated everything to the Chilton Bread of Life Assistance Center.

Senior Kesia Osman, one of the two primary organizers of the drive, said, “I chose to do a perishable food drive instead of the usual because after talking with John Kost (the service extension director at The Salvation Army’s Calumet County office) and doing a food insecurity survey, we found that 60 percent of those that receive assistance from the Salvation Army are food insecure.

“We also found through secondary research that after COVID, food pantries were not receiving as much aid as they were during the pandemic. We wanted to find a way to impact our community and a project that could be continued in the future.”

Senior Brianna Ott is the other FBLA member who organized this perishable food drive.