Weldon Spring residents, businesses and friends helped the city to once again bring home the coveted Cornucopia Trophy, awarded to the city that collects the most food during the annual Tri-City Food Drive Challenge.
The cities of Dardenne Prairie, Cottleville and Weldon Spring compete to see which community can collect the most donations. 2015 marked the sixth year of the friendly competition, which ran from mid-November through Jan. 8. Food donations supported the efforts of the Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service.
For the second year, Weldon Spring accepted donations of pet food and new or gently used pet supplies for Five Acres Animal Shelter. This “no-kill” shelter in St. Charles County relies on private donations in order to operate.
“I’m thankful that people came through and donated to Sts. Joachim & Ann and Five Acres,” said City Clerk Melinda Kwiatkowski. “The trophy and competition are just side pieces to the bigger picture, which is donating to those who are less fortunate.”
The original competition was the brainchild of Kwiatkowski, who explained that “we wait until after the holidays to turn the food in because that’s when the donations die down and people will always be hungry.”
She said she is glad that the Tri- City Food Drive has developed the reputation that it has – as a fun and important way to support the community – and can’t wait to keep the tradition alive. Weldon Spring has won the Cornucopia Trophy a total of five times. Cottleville has won once.
“As always, though, the true winners are those who are most in need,” Kwiatkowski said.
The three cities combined to collect a total of 2,548 items and $490 in monetary donations.